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I Don’t Trust the House and Another Piecemeal Style Painting

Left: A really large piecemeal style painting—4 sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch paper, so it's 17 inches wide and 22 inches tall. I saw someone with an interesting head and ear negative space and then I started sketching it from memory directly with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. I couldn't remember the odd sweater […]

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Pentalic Traveler Pocket Journal—Product Review

Left: Detail view of color pencil sketch on the 92 lb. cream drawing paper. (A doodle, but Dick and I both think it ended up looking like a friend I haven't seen in decades!) I found the new Pentalic Traveler Pocket Journal on a trip to Wet Paint before the Minnesota State Fair. It has […]

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I Smirk When I Squint

Left: Self portrait on cardstock—the type you make graffiti stencils out of—2.5 x 3.5 inches. Pens listed below. One of my photographer friends gave gave me two very large (over 30 x 40 inches) prints a few years ago—black and white portraits of cowboys. I love them. I have one on the wall in the […]

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2014 Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out and a Video Flip-Through of My Fair Journal

Above: My favorite sketch from the Fair this year, a pigeon of course—Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy Pen and Montana Marker in a 7.5 x 9.5 inch soft bound Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal. Click on the iamge to view an enlargement. Today I'm posting a video flip through of my 2014 Minnesota State Fair Journal.(See […]

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Wasps Kept Me From Finishing My Video!

Above: page spread from an 8.5 x 11 inch (or so) hardbound Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal. I think the message on the verso page says it all. We were already 2 weeks into the wasp invasion. On Thursday, September 18 the exterminator came for the fourth time and he and Dick found another […]

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Sketchbook Skool Is Starting Another Semester in October

It's almost time for another Semester of Sketchbook Skool to start. Sketchbook Skool founders Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene have polished up a new kourse offering bring the total of kourses offered to 3. (Danny and Koosje each teach a week in every kourse.) So this October you'll have a choice of: Beginnings (which starts […]

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Relish: Lucy Knisley’s Visual Memoir Tells the Story of Her Life through Food

In December 2009 I found a graphic travel memoir by Lucy Knisley, "French Milk." I loved it as you can see if you read that post. Using a brush pen to sketch the moments of her trip to France with her mother, Knisley created a visually engaging and emotionally interesting mother-daughter memoir. I still recommend […]

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“Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor” by Mary Whyte

Left: Cover of Mary Whyte's "Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor." Image ©Mary Whyte. I think I must have first seen some of Mary Whyte's lovely watercolor portraits in magazines. I don't know how I missed seeing that she'd published "Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor" in 2011. But a couple years ago I did […]

Dates in History: The First Battle of the Marne

I have a friend who is an historian. Everyday she sends me a little update, ostensibly to let all her friends know that this single person is OK and we don't have to go and feed her cat. Often, because she owned racehorses, the updates are about horse racing. On September 10 she sent out […]

Beauty Is Embarrassing: A Documentary about Wayne White

Above: The trailer for "Beauty is Embarrassing." Find the trailer on YouTube if this embedded version doesn't work.  Readers of my blog know I have a love-love relationship with my Roku. I stream videos from Amazon Prime (and get two-day free delivery on my book purchases). While adding titles to my watch list the other day […]

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