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The Things You Learn Watching TV

I like to watch “QI” with Stephen Fry. Topics of all sorts get brought up. Other people have taken over as host in recent years, but I haven’t seen any of those episodes yet. Acorn streams episodes. Someone is always saying something funny as they try to answer Fry’s questions. For me it’s a good […]

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Technology, Life, Letters, and Thank Goodness for Outside Biking!

I’m going through the transition period to outside cycling up here in Minnesota. The weather, in the 70s for a few brief days last month has once again climbed up to the 50s. The sun has also cooperated. I’m glad, because cycling is the perfect way to blow off steam when computers and technical things […]

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Some Television Recommendations

There are so many television shows I’ve been watching lately—it’s hard to know where to start. I will try to avoid spoilers as much as possible. “Search Party” came to my awareness through a review in the New Yorker. The season was already over (fall 2016) and when I tried to watch the on-demand free episodes I […]

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A Little Fun Drawing for the Weekend

I’m rounding out the week of Tombow Calligraphy Brush Pen and Pentel squeezy brush pen sketches with a sketch I made while watching TV. Often, while watching TV I’ll stop the TV show and sketch. Other times I’ll let it run, treating the show more like an exercise in capturing an ever changing live subject. […]

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Sometimes People in an Audience Catch My Eye

Above: Line of people sitting in front of me at the opening performance for "Orphan Train." In the pocket size Hahnemühle Nostalgie book with a Sakura Pigma Sensei. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I had the great good fortune to go to "Orphan Train" at the Minnesota History Theater on opening night. […]

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Working in a Series: Tootsie Pop Portraits

Above: Brush pen, Daniel Smith watercolor (on the Tootsie Pop) and Schmincke Horadam gouache background. In the Seawhite of Brighton square sketchbook I was using earlier this year. Sides masked with Nichiban Artist's tape. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I love Tootsie Pops. For years I couldn't get them because we lived […]

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Quick Gouache Portrait on Hahnemühle Nostalgie

Above: Gouache sketch in a large A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inch) portrait orientation Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. I started with raw sienna brush lines and just kept painting. It was way past the time to put out fresh white as I was using up paint, but it was too fun to stop and put the filbert down. (Mixing […]

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Recent TV Viewing

Above: Mah-Jing Wong from the current season of Project Runway. He's one of my favorites this season, despite almost always looking scared. He's had some bad deals but he's hanging on. I hope to catch him smiling at some point. Pentel Brush Pen—squeezy barrel, dye-based, water-soluble ink—sketch in a 8.27 x 11.69 inch (A4) size Hahnemühle […]

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My Favorite TV Dog—Swatch

Above: Pentel Brush Pen and gouache sketch of Swatch from "Project Runway. (8 inch square hardbound journal with the old/defunct Folio paper). No black paint here, I'm experimenting with Helio Blue (a phthalo blue that has a bit of a green cast to it) and mixing it with it's complementary red. Click on the image […]

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Legend—Tom Hardy’s Performance

Left: Actor Tom Hardy as Ron Kray in "Legend." Pentel Brush pen with background of Montana Marker, in an 8 x 8 inch Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook—which loves brush pen. Click on the image to view an enlargement. If you don’t watch violent movies then don’t read my post today. I’m not going to discuss the […]

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