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Painting on Canson Heritage Watercolor Paper

    I’ve already written a little bit about Canson Heritage Watercolor paper in a couple posts on the blog. I’ve admitted that I like the way my pens work on its hot press surface. I’ve admitted that even though it has a non-gelatin sizing I enjoy working on it either with transparent washes  or with […]

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In Context—Getting Down Some Thoughts

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Mop Brushes Are Your Friend

I know that sometimes you want that special brush that has the delightful point and gives you all the detail you crave. Today’s post isn’t about that brush. That brush is great when you need it, but if it’s the only brush you’re using your work is going to look fussy very fast. So what […]

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More Dry Brush: Portraits

I wanted to revisit the idea of dry brush watercolor used in portraits again today. This portrait, also made with leftover paint has light, transparent base washes still showing through at the edges of the next and around the beard and hair. But here also you can see the exaggerated way in which I use […]

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Upcoming Local Visual Journaling Class with Briana of Spiral Orange Arts

  Artwork in today’s post is all by my friend Briana Goetzen, one of the two co-ordinators of the Minnesota Visual Journal Collective. Briana has been journaling for over 20 years. She’s teaching a series of visual journaling classes at Wet Paint in Saint Paul Minnesota this spring and summer.  First up is “Getting Started […]

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Thinking about Dry Brush Portraits

One of my favorite things to do is to paint with watercolor in a dry brush fashion. What does that mean? Dry brush means that there is relatively little water on your brush. You move the pigment carrying brush across the paper and the brush picks up the texture of the paper.  For the best […]

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Flat Brushes for Watercolor

  In this brush pen portrait from 2017 I used a large two-inch wide flat brush to lay in washes. Then a 0ne-inch wide flat for details. (You can turn a flat on its edge remember.) It was great fun. Flat washes on a rounded set of surfaces.  I’d been playing with flat brushes before […]

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In-Context: Before Cataract Surgery

Even avid readers of the blog might not recognize when this was sketched unless it had the date on it. I know exactly when it was sketched because I can still feel how my eyes felt on this day as I searched for the lines. I have found it interesting to observe my own artistic […]

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Cooking Shows and Interesting Ears

Yep I sketch while I watch TV. I’ve written about it a ton on the blog in the past 11 years!  Well one of the reasons I love to do this is I love EARS. I don’t know if there is a “season” for cooking shows. New competition shows in cooking seem to start all […]

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Pentel Pocket Brush Pen—New Ink Colors

Finally, at last, we’ve all wanted it for so long and now we get it—the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen can now be purchased with gray or sepia ink as well as black ink! These are Pentel’s hard-bodied pens, the fountain-pen type pen with a synthetic brush tip. (Some readers seem to be confused about which […]

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