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A Look at My Sketching Set Up for International Fake Journal Month

While working on image 30 on April 30, 2017 for this year’s International Fake Journal Month Journal I thought it would be fun to take couple photos of my sketching set up to include in my project. Last week, while trying to make the gallery of images work I forgot to add the set up […]

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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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Saying Good-bye To The Bell Museum—My Last Day There and Some Musing on Painting

Or as I like to subtitle this post: On Painting Dead Birds… Left: 9 x 12 inch sheet of Stonehenge. Pen and gouache, with Montana Marker Background. Not from my last day, read below to find out more. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I love setting up projects with specific parameters, and […]

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Going Through Withdrawal from International Fake Journal Month

Left: Small Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Schmincke Gouache painting on Arches Cold Press Watercolor board. (4-3/16 x 6-5/8 inches for live area.) Click on the image to view an enlargement. Two days into May and I found that I really couldn’t give up the Arches Cold Press watercolor board, yet. I took a scrap […]

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Using a Fresh Eye On Richard

Above: Before on the left and After on the right. Carpenter's pencil and Schmincke pan watercolor sketch of Dick at his computer desk, on Richeson Recycled watercolor paper (which has a grey tinge). Click on the image to view an enlargement. Sometimes as we work we get STUCK in our view of something. Regardless of how […]

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My 2015 End-of-Year Evaluation and Wrap Up

Above: 11 x 15 inch sketch on cheap ("I'll fall apart if you put wet media on me like you're trying to do" Paper), with Pentel Pigment brush pen and Pentel Dye-based brush pen with water. Selfie, showing my painting shirt, sketched while standing before a mirror in the bathroom. I was sketching Dick on this […]

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Getting Ready for the Minnesota State Fair—Which Journal? What’s Your Plan?

Left: My 2005 Minnesota State Fair Journal. 8 x 8 inch journal cards made from 300 lb. Hot Press Fabriano Artistico Watercolor paper, prepainted with acrylic washes. The portfolio was made to size after the Fair, when the thickness of the stack of journal cards (and the CD of photos I took) was known. Click […]

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Getting Ready for Sketching at the Minnesota State Fair—Gear and a Bag

Left: Here's a little blast from the past, a Guinea Fowl sketch I made at the 2009 MN State Fair. I'd taken a limited range of watersoluble color pencils. I mostly used them dry as in this example. I worked on 8 x 10 inch journal cards made of 300 lb. Fabriano Artistico, Hot Press […]

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Clearing Things Away

Left: 12 x 18 inch loose sheet journal sketch on drawing paper which buckled (hence the shadows in the scan). Sepia Pentel ColorBrush (watersoluble, dye-based ink), black Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (waterproof pigment ink), and watercolor pencil (blue), diluted with 2-inch flat (wide, and on edge). Click on the image to view an enlargement. I've […]

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A Fun Afternoon with the Chickens

Left: Second page of gesture sketches on the day. On moist Hahnemühle Nostalgie paper (about 9 x 11 inches). All the images in today's post are in order of execution, but because of "repetitiveness" I didn't scan the first page and pages 4 through 8, which were all more gesture sketches. I did so many […]

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