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Making a Mess and Enjoying Every Moment

Left: 6 x 9 inch Canson watercolor board, with quick pen sketch—Platinum Carbon Black Ink Solid Brush Tipped Pen (worn down). There are some brush cleaning marks on this board, made by cleaning my white pen in the negative space, after I had infected it with color doing the next sketch shown below. Since there […]

Sketchbook Skool Starts a New Session on September 30

I'm one of the six teachers in the six week class "Beginning" offered by Sketchbook Skool. This course is being run again in the next session beginning on September 30, 2016. You can read about it at the link above. You'll also see the other instructors in "Beginning." Each week for 6 weeks you'll gain […]

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How I’d Like To Paint All the Time

Left: 9 x 12 inch mixed media sketch of a rooster on 9 x 12 inch watercolor board (Canson). Sketch made with extra bold Uni Posca Pen (orange), then Sakura Pigma Fine Brush Pen (solid felt tip). Next painted with gouache, Montana Acrylic marker (background which was then painted over with darker blue gouache), white gouache, […]

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Looking Back at Prepping for the Minnesota State Fair

Above: Warm up contour sketches of live finches in an aviary setting. I used a Tombow Calligraphy pen (hard tip) for the sketching and an extra bold (chisel tipped) Uni Posca paint pen for the purple background. I outlined the bird on the recto page with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen after the purple was […]

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Why Add Fragrances to Rubber Stamp Ink? (Roz Vents)

Above: Ink and gouache sketch, with Memento Rubber Stamp ink details (box bits and stencil). Oh, and Washi tape. It's all on a page in the Shinola Sketchbook that I worked in earlier this year. It's true, almost all year I've been in such a mood over rubber stamp ink. Why? Especially since I recently […]

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Family, Memory Loss, Design, and Fall Cycling

Above: Quick sketch of Phyllis sitting, Sensei Pen and Montana Acrylic Marker on Arches Text Wove (Velin) in a 7 x 5 inch handmade book. (Look over on the left and head and tail of the book so you can see the fun decorative paper I made with gold sparkles.) It has been a long […]

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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Was He Tired Or Was I? (Eyebrow Update)

Above: Quick sketch of Dick in the TV room. I used a non-photo blue pencil in the Seawhite Sketchbook. I'm still scanning away stuff from the Fair. And I've had to be away from the studio for a while, so just a quick post today. Dick looks pretty tired here and I wonder why. Perhaps […]

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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. One of the great things about the aftermath of sketching at […]

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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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