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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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Wil Freeborn’s New Watercolor Painting Book

I just purchased a copy of artist Wil Freeborn’s new book Learning to Paint in Watercolor with 50 Paintings: Pick Up the Skils, Put on the Paint, Hang Up Your Art. (Quarry, ISBN 978-1-63159-277-5) (The link is to Amazon for convenience, but I’m not affiliated, but it where you can.) I read half of the […]

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Still Scanning My Bell Museum Project…

This post was originally published on February 15, 2017 during my site transition. Above: All of the sketches in today’s post were done on 9 x 12 inch white Stonehenge. I used the Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen with a fine point. And on the final sketch I added some rapidly applied washes. (You can […]

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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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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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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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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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Throwback Thursday: My Favorite Necklace and Fun with Holiday Cards

Left: The full holiday card, probably 1985 because we didn't have the girls yet. And they became the focus of our cards. You can see the cover, inside panel, and back panel. Our cards always had a back panel. That "Priceless" bit—didn't I ever tell you about that? When I first came into the family […]

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Minnesota State Fair Journal Update

Left: This year at the Fair, at least on a few days, there were some birds. A big change from last year when bird flu hit and birds were banned from the Fair. The sad news is that the pigeon fancy took a huge hit. We were down from hundreds of entries to less than […]

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