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Things to Do in the Current Pandemic: Learn from Pluto

Learn from Pluto? Yep, the dog, not the planet or the cartoon dog.  Pluto Living is a YouTube channel that has PSAs (Pluto Service Announcements) from Pluto the dog. This dog is an older miniature Schnauzer (if I’m remembering correctly). Her name is Pluto and she is concerned about the issues stressing two-leggeds in the […]

Page spread from an oversize journal with texture layers and sketches of aviary finches.

Registration for Textures Class Closes Friday

Registration for my six-week class “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media” closes this Friday, March 27. The class lessons begin on Saturday, March 28. (Introductory material is open immediately upon registration; this includes videos about materials.) A supply list is downloadable at the registration link. What I love about this class is that […]

In this detail you can see me smearing paint around with a Niji Waterbrush (too engrossed in what I'm doing to get up and refill it so I have more water—but also simply enjoying the thick paint on the slip paper made for fountain pens.)

Things To Do in the Current Pandemic: Testing Non-Art Papers for Mixed Media Visual Journaling

Last week I wrote the following blog post to my Patreon-RozInterim subscribers. When I started my subscription blog on Patreon I had no intentions to share any of the posts from that blog with a larger audience. However the current pandemic has me bending the rules on this particular post. This post deals with testing […]

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Just Go With Wonky

    Are the proportions right? Nope, but I like to work directly in ink. I think a little wonkiness makes it fresh. (9 x 12 inch brush pen and watercolor sketch.) I think using flat brushes helps take the fussiness away and also adds to the wonkiness. Let go and let your sketches be […]

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Contour Drawings—Always Useful

Students in my current session of Drawing Practice have been posting contour drawings. Every group takes to it differently, some, like otters, rush along the side of the stream, darting in and out and sliding effortlessly with the current. Others stand back curious, but not committed. Like anything it takes practice. It’s why I call […]

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The Right Pen with the Right Paper?

I have spent years telling students that there is no perfect paper. There is no perfect pen. That’s still true! Why write today that there is a right pen with the right paper? Because sketching, if you’re going to do it all the time, should be, in fact needs to be, fun. And one of […]

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Coincidence or not? Seeing Double…

Lately I’ve found that because I always see double I have been spending a lot of time thinking about “the single line” and what is the minimal amount that you can do with line. Dogs are a useful subject to practice these theories on.  Paper matters so much in this exploration. In the second image […]

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