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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 […]

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I Don’t Look at Rodents—Usually

This post was originally published on February 13, 2017 during my site transition. Above: Several quick sketches of Cilla, the Chinchilla, owned by a friend. I was looking at body shape and outlines, and also at the eye. The first quick contour sketch, bottom left, made me think Cilla looked a lot like Master Sifu in […]

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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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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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Project Friday—Improving Your Drawing Practice with Repetition, the Right Tool, Being Invested, and Celebration

Above: Practice sketches in a 6 x 8 inch journal using a thick, soft, solid, fiber-tipped black brush pen and Montana Marker (background) as well as a large, fat-leaded Lyra metallic pencil. I'm feeling around to sense the nuance in the pose, the angle of the eyes, the negative space that first attracted me, to […]

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Saying Good-bye To The Bell Museum

Above: Pen and watercolor sketch at the Bell Museum on 9 x 12 inch white Stonehenge paper. And yes Stonehenge is not a watercolor paper, but sometimes you just want to paint on what you want to paint on. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Sunday was the Urban Sketchers Twin Cities sketch […]

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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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It’s That Time of Year Again—Puffy Coats

Left: A Sakura Pigma Profesional FB (Fine Brush) Pen sketch in a small (A6) landscape Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook which I've turned so that the gutter is horizontal and I have a LONG vertical to sketch in. Click on the image to view an enlargement. It happens every year—the temperatures drop (I do live in Minnesota after […]

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