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What Are You Waiting for? Go Ahead Paint on Note Paper

    “What Are You Waiting for? Go Ahead Paint on Note Paper” pretty much says it all. Here’s a spread from one of my green lined journals. You can find non-art journals in any bookstore on earth—typically with botanical sketches or pink covers that will appeal to 16 year old girls. (Well actually to […]

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Physical Therapy for Your Art Practice

I suggest to my Drawing Practice students that they do a six-week plan and goal setting session at the end of class; and that they repeat that every six weeks for the rest of their lives. Knowing what our goals are, and seeing how we executed our plans, helps us realign our strategy for going […]

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Go Ahead—Overwork A Sketch Sometimes

        I kept fussing and fussing with this sketch of a little dog. Why? because on the day, moving the paint around on an unsuitable (non-watercolor, non-art) paper was just too fun to resist. The process allowed me to play with different pens (including a white gel pen) and experiment with mark […]

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I Need To Draw More Cats

I rarely draw cats. Most don’t seem to like me staring at them. (Dogs never seem to mind.) And the heads are so different from canine heads. Let’s face it. If you can draw a dog you can, with adjustment, draw all bears, raccoons, fishers, martins, foxes, wolves, hyenas, and hundreds of species I’m just […]

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Some Dog Sketches on Canson 180

      What better way to test a paper than with some dog sketches on Canson 180? In the sketches today I used a Sailor Fude Fountain pen (containing Platinum Carbon Black ink) and watercolor to make quick sketches from dogs on the Sktchy App.  The scans show paper buckling caused by the wet […]

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Sketching at the New Bell Museum

    I have to be honest, even if I had not had the year I’ve had (which has kept me rather immobile) I wouldn’t have gone to the new Bell Museum much this year. I’ve been spoiled my entire adult life to live a 10 minute walk from the OLD Bell Museum on the […]

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What Is a Study?

    Artists often make “studies” of a subject before they jump into working on a painting or detailed drawing. Why is it useful? Why is it important? I think a study is a notion of the bright sparkly possibilities ahead.  When we look at a subject we recognize something and try to get that […]

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Don’t Miss the 11th Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out!

  It’s almost time for the 11th Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out! Saturday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds in  St. Paul, Minnesota. See this link on the Fair Website for driving instructions to the Fairgrounds, and a printable map of the Fairgrounds. (These maps are available at the Fair […]

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Mark Your Calendar: The 11th Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out

The 11th Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out Is Coming! Join us for two great, fun days of sketching: Saturday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds in  St. Paul, Minnesota. See this link on the Fair Website for driving instructions to the Fairgrounds, and a printable map of the Fairgrounds. (These […]

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In Context: Looking at the Arteza Watercolor Book Part 6

      This isn’t strictly an “In Context” post. I don’t have things written on these pages and I’m going to show more than one spread. But I’m keeping it in context because these are all from the Arteza Watercolor Book and all these posts together constitute my review of that commercially bound sketchbook. […]

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