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Looking at a Piecemeal Portrait

I’ve been writing about my “piecemeal portraits” for a couple years now. Recently I took a couple process shots while I was making one from a photo inspiration on Sktchy. My photographs aren’t taken with lights and so the color is off, but you can still get the idea. I’m working on setting up a […]

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Wrapping Up My 2017 International Fake Journal

Today I’ve got a gallery of images created in April for 2017 International Fake Journal Month. (Don’t know what IFJM is? Or what fake journal is? Click on the link.) This year’s journal was a loose sheet journal. All the sketch pages were 6-3/16 x 9.25 inches. In keeping with my goal of using what I […]

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Achilles’ Heel, Everyone’s Got One

My Achilles’ Heel, used to be the girls, and how quickly I could get them out of their crates (and with what tools) if there was an accident in the Bronco. Now it’s clear that my Achilles’ Heel is Dick’s eyes. Dick had cataract surgery almost a month ago. What should have been a quick […]

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There’s No Undo with Traditional Media—But You Can Scan Versions!

Stressful times send me to the drawing board. We’ve got some family health issues going on right now, so after Dick went to bed last night I stayed up and played with paint for two hours. I was going to do a quick water-soluble graphite portrait sketch from a Sktchy image. But that didn’t satisfy […]

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The One Time Dementia Is an OK Thing

So I’ve been working too much lately. Personal projects, work, teaching, and eldercare. I ran out of blog posts that were written ahead when I was ill in January, so I haven’t even had a moment to write a blog post. This weekend, after a brutal week, I organized everything so that I could go […]

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I Didn’t Know It But I Was Starting A New Series

Often the idea for a new series comes to us by accident. We’re working (that’s when the muse can best find us) and things we’re working with combine in new ways, jog a memory, present a challenge, and bingo a new series pops into our minds. That’s what happened at the end of March this […]

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Sketching on Nostalgie with Water-soluble Ink.

If you read my blog regularly you already know I love the Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbooks. I love sketching on this paper with any type of ink, but I wanted to look today at some of the fun I’ve been having with water-soluble ink. In the main image you can see that it was time to sketch […]

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Maintaining Momentum and Fun in Our Daily Practice

If we want to create a daily practice, whether it’s exercise, diet, thought, or art related, we need to make sure that we contain elements of fun in that practice. It’s those elements of fun which keep us coming back to the practice. And ultimately it’s the fun that we bring into our work that […]

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Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper Meets the Pentel Pigment Brush Pen

This post was originally published on February 6, 2017 during my site transition. Left: Quick sketch on 9 x 12 inch (approx.) piece of Fluid 100 cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper, using a Pentel Pigment Brush Pen (squeezy gray barrel). Click on the image to view an enlargement. Sometimes you meet papers that immediately […]

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Change Up Your Tools to Discover New Mark Making Possibilities

Left: Direct brush portrait of Dick as he sat in the TV room with a light crossing him. (9 x 12 inch sheet of smooth yardstick). Read below for more details. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Paintings of Dick often start with leftover paints. On this day I had some gouache leftover […]

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