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Carl Too and I have been hanging out. Gert is a little fragile these days for modeling, and I needed a model I could rely on as "comfort level."

Hanging Out with Carl Too

If the posts seem short this week it’s because it’s State Fair Prep all week for me in my spare time. I wanted to have posts queued up so that I could focus on the Fair and not think about the blog. Enjoy the short posts while you can. I’ll be verbose after Labor Day […]

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In Context: Just Got To Sketch

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This is the first sketch on the gray paper I did this day. I started with red pencil, but abandoned it because I didn't like the red on the paper. I went instead to the Pentel Brush pen.

Summer Chicken Sketch Out with Metro Sketchers

Earlier this summer a local Minneapolis couple who keep chickens invited Metro Sketchers over to their home—they have 6 chickens! Sketchers filled the yard on fold out and lawn chairs while the chickens weaved in and about nibbling on cracked corn sprinkled on the grass. One chicken decided that my wash water (which didn’t have […]

Chicken sketch in pen and watercolor on a 9 x 12 inch watercolor board, made in the Poulty Barn in 2016.

The Great Minnesota State Fair Sketch Together Is Almost Here!

The name has changed slightly but don’t be confused, the best sketch out of the year still offers the same great fun—two sketch out days to choose from (attend them both if you can); four fun meetings to attend and meet other sketchers, and a whole world of live subjects to sketch and interesting buildings […]

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In Context: Warm-Ups Matter

The rest of this month and through the first weeks of August I’ll be working with bookbinding students so I’ve got some short “summer reading” posts coming up. Later I’ll have some product reviews, tips posts, and of course some Minnesota State Fair Prep! SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

Here is an earlier version of this sketch before I got the gouache out.

A Little Bit of Piecemeal Evolution: Dog Portrait

The other day I was working on a dog sketch from an image on Sktchy. I ran off the page with my green brush pen sketch and of course turned it into a “Piecemeal Style” painting, complete with washi tape and of course finished off with gouache. I didn’t think about taking photos at each […]

This is a journal page made on Strathmore's Toned Mix Media Paper, using collage (the white paper dog) and brush pen.

In Context—Grumpy Roz

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I Can’t Resist a Cute Dog

I’ve never been able to resist cute dogs. (I have a very broad definition of what constitutes cute—just ask my friends who go on walks with me and put up with my frequent stops to chat up dogs.) I thought you might enjoy this cute dog experiment. I selected an image from Sktchy because I […]

My gouache start was obviously going nowhere, there was too much drag. I moved on to color pencil.

Review of Strathmore’s Vision Watercolor Paper

One thing you have to remember when testing paper is that less expensive papers aren’t going to do all the things that you want them to do. It’s a matter of trade offs. Is it essential that your favorite pen work on a paper, or that you can add watercolor washes, or use color pencil? […]

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Two Reasons to Work in a Series

Background Information You Should Know Yes, I have a collection of plastic dinosaurs. They are scale replicas. Yes they are technically toys but did I mention they are scale replicas. If you’ve taken any drawing class from me you’ll have heard me talk about these subjects—still life subjects who are great stand ins for live […]

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