Play with Different Brushes as Well as Different Pigments: More Green

I have been using a lot of green lately, so I’m not finished with my green series yet! While sketching the image shown today I used a 1 inch flat to apply the watercolor. Flats are great fun because you can turn them on edge and get lines, and you can touch the corner of […]


Project Friday: Direct Brush Painting and Some More Green

In Monday’s post I wrote about how I am pushing myself to use more greens. Greens aren’t just for landscapes (which is good because I don’t do many landscapes). If you look closely you can often find green tones in people’s faces. But you can also abandon realistic color and go in with a variety […]


This Is Not A Review—The Best Laid Plans

  Today I was going to start a week long review of either a sketchbook I’ve been working in or a paper I’ve been working on for the first part of the year. But life happened. Those reviews will still come along, probably in April. All the images are scanned and organized, I just haven’t […]

Examples of the Simple Round Back Spine structure with cloth covered boards and recessed labels. (The book in the back has a raised label effect we will discuss.)

Simple Round Back Spine 2018 Class Registration Opens Today

Registration for “The Simple Round Back Spine” online bookbinding class opens today, Friday, March 9, 2018. Click on the link to go to the registration page. Class begins on March 31, 2018 with all lessons dropping at once so that students can work at their own pace during the month while I’m in the classroom […]


Just Enjoy What You Do: Or—Drawing as an Analogy of Goal Setting

I’ve spent the week on my blog going over self-evaluations and the need for goals. Sometimes it’s important to just enjoy what you do—what you did. In today’s post there’a a sketch of a young man with green hair. I did this sketch from a Sktchy photo.  It’s actually sort of an analogy for what […]


At Least I Wasn’t Abducted By Aliens: Keeping Your Sense of Humor and Productivity

Note: This blog post was originally set to run during the second week of January but technical issues with the blog delayed it. This version was edited for publication today. Anyone who bothered to stop by or call me from October through January this year knew things were tough. I was beyond grumpy because of […]


Letting Things Go, Even in the Pursuit of Goals: The Little Journal That Got Away

Note: This post was originally scheduled to run at the end of December 2017. Due to technical issues with the blog I’m just getting to it now. If you read my blog you’ll know that I keep track of the number of pages that I create each year. I do this because it is a […]


30 Pages/30 Days—A New Sktchy Challenge Starting March 1, 2018

I’m very excited to tell you about a new Sktchy Challenge starting March 1, 2018: 30 Pages/30Days. It’s an Art Journaling challenge. I’ve been asked to be one of the featured artists. I’ll even be live-streaming the creation of a journal page on March 13! Click here to register. What is Sktchy? Well, if you’ve […]


Reflections on a Big-Hearted and Generous Life

My mother-in-law Phyllis Stone, passed away on January 16, 2018. She had just celebrated her 97th birthday on January 5. On January 10 she caught the flu. She was hospitalized a couple days later with flu, pneumonia, and additional issues. She died peacefully on January 16 with Dick and me holding her hands.  She was […]

Detail of a portion of today's image.

Just Keep Going Whether You Run Out of Ink Or…?

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on Facebook and in the blog’s comments section, and in private emails after my February 10th post. It was sad to hear the blog’s mail program is not working. But it was good to have confirmation of my suspicions.  It still isn’t working. I’ve been in contact with the […]

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