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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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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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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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A Bit of Watercolor in the Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook

Note: I discovered while creating this post that I've been listing this commercially bound journal as "Seabright" not "Seawhite." I apologize for the confusion if this has caused you any. I just have to plead stress and exhaustion from some family duties. I'm not using this journal every day and I simply failed one day […]

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Artist’s Sketchbook—A New Book on Sketching from Cathy Johnson

Left: Cover of the Artist's Sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. The publication of a new painting or sketching book from Cathy Johnson is always an happy and exciting event for me. Johnson is one of my art heroes. Like many other artists I was first aware of her work through her how-to-articles […]

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Sketching on Canson Plein Air Watercolor Board Pads

Left: Sketch of stand-up comedian, actor, director and writer David Cross on a recent appearance on Netflix's "Chelsea." Canson Plein Air Watercolor Board Pad (9 x 12 inch cut to 6 x 9 inch). Pentel pigmented brush pen, Daniel Smith Watercolors, Montana Acrylic Marker background. Click on the image to view an enlargement. One of the […]

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Watercolor Class with Artist Terri Myers Wentzka

Terri Myers Wentzka is offering a watercolor workshop October 21-29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in her Minneapolis studio. The workshop is $350—but there is an early registration discount. If you sign up before September 15 you can register for $300. (The link above will take you to her website. Contact Terri about this […]

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The Evolution of a Page—It’s Not Always about Design

Above: The last page spread of sketches for Day One of the Eighth Great Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. I'm working in a 7.75 x 9.75 inch soft-covered Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media journal. I used a Sakura Pigma solid felt-tipped brush pen in fine for most of the page, but it was running out […]

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The Shinola Sketchbook: A Review

Above: Dick sitting on a couch in the TV room. Stabilo All used dry. (I really fixated on those pens in his pocket.) The paper has a nice tooth for use with this and other dry media. Click on the image to view an enlargement.) In April of this year I started working in a Shinola […]

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