Currently Browsing: November 2014 16 articles

OK Go Video with an Interactive Feature

Above: "I Won't Let You Down" Video from OK Go. If it doesn't show up see it here on YouTube. But be sure to go to the website link iwontletyoudown.com as well, because once there, if you click on "pre-visualization" at the bottom of the window, you'll get to make you're own little movement show. I've […]

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More Sketching with the Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers (And a Suggestion for a Project Friday)

Above: This is another spread from my 7.75 x 9.75 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media journal. I was using the Winsor & Newton Watercolor Marker in Payne's gray to test how it worked for me as a sketching tool. I used the brush tip this time and the line is much thicker and can […]

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More on the Winsor & Newton Watercolor Pigmented Markers

Above: Page spread in a 7.75 x 9.75 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal. Memory sketch (made after watching several hours of an historical drama) drawn with the fine tip of a Payne's Gray Winsor & Newton Watercolor Marker. The other colors in the face and clothing are gouache painted over the marker sketch. The […]

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Architectural Moments—Quick Sketches When I’m Out and About Getting a Massage

Above: Second page spread in a new Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media journal (7.75 x 9.75 inches). I only had a pen and a small mini watercolor set in which most of the colors had been used up (I forgot to fill it). But I drew first with a flat Niji waterbrush, using the leftover […]

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Small Moments of Sketching Time: Some Finches

Above: Recent finch sketch made at the nursing home aviary. Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy Pen and Daniel Smith Watercolors in a small Hahnemühle pocket notebook—my regular journal was at home. I started the week writing about taking every small moment you can find for sketching animals from life, so I'll continue it here with this sketch […]

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Turkeys in the Yard

Above: Quick sketch of one of the wandering turkeys in our neighborhood in my 7.75 x 9.75 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Softcovered Journal. I scratched this out with a Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy Pen standing on the porch looking into the yard. Then I retired indoors to slap on some watercolor from memory. Instead […]

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Dove Chocolate Days and What I Think of Cheery Messages on Labels; Oh, and Another View of Richard

Left: Bienfang Watercolor brush (magenta; also red on the collar), Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Montana Acrylic Markers in various colors. (There's that lilac I mixed and love so much.) Dick watching TV while I sketched him on a page in a 9 x 12 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media wirebound journal. "It's a '10-pieces-of-Dove-Day," I […]

Today Support MCBA During Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day

Today is "Give to the Max Day" in Minnesota. You might have a special organization or cause that calls to you for your money. For me that organization is Minnesota Center for Book Arts.  Today you can join with me and thousands of others and donate to MCBA to support their fundraising goals. MCBA does […]

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Warm Ups Matter—Continued

Left: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch of Dick as he watched Ken Burns' "Mark Twain." With Montana acrylic markers. (The light green background is Golden Green Gold High Flow Acrylic. And I did throw on a light watery wash of Indanthrone blue watercolor in a couple places at the end.) Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media […]

Remembrance Day: Thoughts in 2014

Above: Video about Shell Shock which emerged during the First World War. If the video doesn't play go to this YouTube link. (And from there you can also see the links to the other three parts.) I spend Remembrance Day in quiet contemplation with the phone off. I think that my November 11, 2010 post […]

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