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In Context: Quotations

Reading is a way to have conversations when you’re alone in a room. You and the author, trying to decipher what the characters are …

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Making Your Own Loose Sheets

For the past several years I’ve really enjoyed working on the paper in the Canson 180 sketchbook. I couldn’t find anywhere to buy the paper unbound. This year, the first week of January, I was about to start another Canson 180 sketchbook. I like to have one going while I have an art-paper journal going. […]

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In Context: The Trouble with Double Vision

Page spread in an 8 inch square, hand-bound journal made with the OLD Gutenberg paper (which is not the same as the currently available Gutenberg paper which I do not recommend for visual journaling). The text on the page explains everything, oh, with one “writo” as I like to call them. In the second paragraph […]

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Tricks of Memory and Make-up

Sometimes we don’t remember things, and sometimes we remember them correctly. Drawing always makes me think about things like this. I was not misremembering, there were actually two actors who played “Dale the Whale” in the TV show “Monk.”

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Thoughts on Nose Rings

Dick claims that we talk more than most married couples. I don’t know about that, but I do know that our conversations are far-ranging. This past fall my lung situation was pretty bad. I didn’t have a lot of energy for multiple bouts of the downsizing packing, unpacking, sorting—as well as work and cooking. So […]

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A Colorful Portrait: I Love Lavender!

Here’s a portrait from 2021 that I haven’t posted. I can’t remember what the blog topic I wanted to address with it was. I look at it now and totally fall in love with the hair and the beard again. I love how it seems to be moving up and around of its own accord. […]

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Three Views of Actor Michael Sheen

Actors can be mercurial, artists can change the way they want to see things just as quickly. In the span of an evening last February I tried out three ways to look at actor Michael Sheen on paper. (When I drew these sketches I was watching an episode of “Prodigal Son,” which I enjoyed and […]

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Enjoying and Sketching Hair

I have a lot of “important” things I want to post, but they will hold until January. I simply need more time and thought. I’m still dealing with the lung issue. In the meantime I thought it would be good to remember the beauty of hair. Its structure, the volume, the balance. When we see […]

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A Hat, a Beard, Some Watercolor on Drawing Paper

Today’s image isn’t from the hat series, and me sketching men with beards isn’t really a series it’s just me sketching…And of course I often work on drawing paper when I’m painting…so this is simply me sketching and having a lot of fun on the paper in the Canson 180 sketchbook. I can’t wait until […]

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A Knit Cap in Watercolor

Today’s image is not part of my “Hat” series, but this knit cap is just one of the many hats I find myself drawing all the time. (The journal is in storage but I believe this is from a reference photo Jon Coxwell put on the Museum App by Sktchy.) I was working on a […]

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