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April Is Almost Here…

Above: I'm not the only one attracted to the odor of the sizing in Arches watercolor paper. Des had to come over and check out the stack of cut watercolor boards Monday afternoon. He is very curious. I didn't have the heart to tell him they were for a project he's not involved in. Background It’s […]

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The Flexbook SKETCHBOOK by Prat: A Review

Above: Flyleaf page (black) and title page of a Flexbook Sketchbook. There is type set on this page where the eye of the finch is located. (Typically I paint over these annoyances.) There is also a place to write your name and return information at the bottom center of the page. Click on the image […]

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Getting Caught Sketching

Above: A quick (less than 5 minute) sketch using a .04 Sakura Sensei Pigment Liner with Daniel Smith Watercolors on Flexbook Sketchbook paper. (The couple left before the paper dried enough for me to put the shadows in, and this paper needs to be totally dry or it bleeds through. If it doesn’t get done […]

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Wherever I Am…

I'm working in that 6 x 8 inch or so (I'll measure it and let you know in the review) Flexbook Sketchbook. I was waiting for Dick to pick me up at Open Book (I say MCBA in my note, but for the record the building is "Open Book"). My line is a bit more […]

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A Different Angle on Myself

Today a selfie of a different sort. I was putting my shoes on and waiting for Dick to drive me to my massage therapy appointment and I was sitting on a “kids’ stool” left from Dick’s grandma, that sits in the kitchen. I thought it would be fun to sketch my feet. (In the 1990s […]

Twin Cities Urban Sketchers—Sketch Out Today from 1 to 4 p.m.

Artist Ken Avidor has announced a reboot of the local chapter of Urban Sketchers. The sketch out will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today, Sunday, March 20 at the Union Depot.  The sketch out will be followed by a get-together to discus the future of the group and to share ideas for sketch outs […]

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Selfie with a Sepia Pen

Left: Selfie using a Sepia Pentel ColorBrush on Wave Paper (11.75 x 16 inches). (Yes those are rips in the neck of my sweatshirt—all I can say is I love cotton clothing and I wear it and wash it and wear it…until it falls off either me or the drying rack.) I had a lot of […]

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Sometimes Roz Stays Up TOO Late

Above: Sketch of Christopher Eccleston in "Fortitude." Pentel pigment brush pen and watercolor washes in a Flex Book Sketchbook (8.5 x 12.5 inches) Shhhhh!!! Don't tell Dick, but sometimes when he goes to bed before I do I stay up and watch new shows I know he would have no interest in. That's all fine, except […]

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Lars Lerin Watercolor Exhibit at the American Swedish Institute

Above: Watercolor of two chairs by Lars Larson (image from American Swedish Institute; copyright the artist). Ever since January 23, 2016 friends have been asking me if I've been to the Lars Lerin exhibit and when I say I haven't (I've been swamped with work) they tell me to get over there right away. The […]

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Using a Fresh Eye On Richard

Above: Before on the left and After on the right. Carpenter's pencil and Schmincke pan watercolor sketch of Dick at his computer desk, on Richeson Recycled watercolor paper (which has a grey tinge). Sometimes as we work we get STUCK in our view of something. Regardless of how many times we look at something we keep […]

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