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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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Use What You Have Out

I have a lot of students who tell me they don’t have time to sketch. They tell me they have to make a space to work or they have to get supplies out. They tell me that they don’t have time to make background textures. They also admit that they are doing about 15 other […]

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CR Is My Best Life Model

  Dick always goes to see his parents on Saturday. I like to go on different days during the week so that they get lots of visits. Sometimes I go with Dick because I will cut CR’s hair, or I’ll go get Phyllis (she’s on a different floor) and bring her down, so they can […]

Consolidated, filthy snow pile—full of dirt and trash, at the Midway shopping center, as the sun set. Small Hahnemühle Nostalgie landscape sketchbook, Pentel squeezy pen with water-soluble dye ink, and a Tombow calligraphy brush pen. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

In Under the Wire: Sketching a Snow Pile in 2017

Typically each winter I sketch a lot of snow piles. It’s something my friend Ken Avidor got me doing. However I wasn’t out in the weather much during the 2016/2017 winter. Today with temperatures rising to the 60s for the second time (a couple weeks ago we had a stretch of high 50 degree Fahrenheit […]

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Get Something Down on Paper, Even if You Think You’re Too Close to Your Subject

This post was originally published on January 30, 2017 during my site transition. Above: A page spread from my 8 x 9.25 inch Shinola Sketchbook. It has 112 pages of 100 lb. (148 gsm) acid free paper. I purchased it for $28 at Wet Paint in St. Paul. I’ve written about these whenever I post from it, […]

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Roz Emerges from Face Deprivation

This post was originally published on January 23, 2017 during my site transition. Above: A sketch at Cecil’s of an older woman finishing her meal, pen (a drying out Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen Fine Brush) and watercolor in an A6 (4.1 x 5. 8 inch or so) Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook that I carry in […]

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My Goals for 2017 and The MCBA Visual Journal Collective’s Ninth Annual Portrait Party

This post was originally published on January 15, 2017 during my site transition. Note: The images in today’s post were sketched while I was sick with bronchitis and watching an episode of “Forged in Fire.” I LOVE THIS SHOW. Four blacksmiths compete in three rounds for $10,000. First they make a blade in 3 hours, then finish […]

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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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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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Happy New Year—Make 2017 A Year of Sketching

Left: Pentel Brush Pen and light washes of gouache on a Canson watercolor board (9 x 6 inches) with Montana Marker background. Reginald D. Hunter is a comedian/entertainer. Click on the image to view an enlargement.  I cut one finger pulling boxes down (paper cuts!!!) and cut another picking up something sharp. Typing slowly. But […]

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