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Clearing Things Away

Left: 12 x 18 inch loose sheet journal sketch on drawing paper which buckled (hence the shadows in the scan). Sepia Pentel ColorBrush (watersoluble, dye-based ink), black Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (waterproof pigment ink), and watercolor pencil (blue), diluted with 2-inch flat (wide, and on edge). I've been spending some time trying to clear things […]

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Using Rubber Stamp Inks in Visual Journals

Left: Page from my 2015 Fake Journal. I used a 6 x 6 inch square, wire-bound journal with grey Stonehenge paper. All the pages were masked and labeled with the date and related title in the same way. This image was a response to "Focus on Text." There is some heat embossing in this image […]

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A Little Bit of Gouache on Fluid 100 Paper (140 lb. Cold Press)

Above: Gouache sketch on a piece of Fluid 100 watercolor paper (140 lb. Cold Press surface). 12 inches square. I started with some quick lines of paint as a "sketch" and went from there. Nope, this isn't the review I promised for this paper. I haven't been able to test it with a few more […]

Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public—A New Online Class

If the above video doesn't run please view it on YouTube here. July 24, 2015 I start a new online class "Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public.  It's an intensive 30-day class that gets you building your drawing skills, pushes you out sketching in public, and helps you deal with your internal critic.   […]

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Art With A Bark Opens June 25

Left: "Mr. Buttons," 12 x 12 inches, gouache on watercolor paper. A dog-park friend who is a Boston Terrier. (Note all my paintings will be sold matted and framed.) The invitational group show "Art With A Bark" opens at the Edina Art Center on June 25. It runs through July 30. (You'll find a map […]

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Adventures in Eldercare: Where is CR?

Left: After a visit to assisted living as outlined in the "Aftermath" section of today's post, I always walk down the hall to the Aviary and sketch and paint the birds. I find a quick five-minute, or less, sketch like this balances me out, and grounds me enough, so that I can get into the […]

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Dip Pen Nibs and Holders—A Great Overview from Jet Pens

Left: Opening image in Jet Pens' Guide to Nibs and Nib Holders. Click on the link below and go have a look now! Students are always asking me about dip pens (I only have a brief opportunity to introduce them in my sketching-with-ink class as I have so many types of pens to cover). Since […]

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A “Look” at My Internal Critic

Left: Verbal me "drawing" my internal critic, or at least responding to that prompt. There are a couple typos in this rapidly composed piece, Gallipoli minus one of its ls is perhaps the most glaring. There are other places more punctuation would have been helpful. Click on the image to view an enlargement, are read […]

Battle Creek Canceled—I’m So Unhappy

Above: Sketch of Dean Winters on "Battle Creek" as Russ Agnew. Purple Grape Prismacolor pencil on Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper. Let's face it, Dean Winters acting in anything makes me happy. I don't care if he is playing Liz Lemon's ne'er-do-well Beeper King boyfriend Dennis Duffy in "30 Rock," Johnny Gavin (Tommy's police […]

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Pass the Journal—Strathmore’s Traveling Journals

Above: If you click on the "Pass the Journal Project" link in the first sentence of this post you'll go to a page with the 12 journals listed. If you then click on "PULP" you'll see a map. If you click on the little flag in Minneapolis that I have pointed to with an arrow, […]

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