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Frank Buffalo Hyde

A couple months ago I ran across a painting competition show “Exhibit: Finding the Next Great Artist.” Like all these creative competition shows it has some good points and some negatives. In general I enjoy these shows because I love process and I love watching people create stuff. One thing I really liked about this […]

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The Funny Thing About Favorites

The funny thing (well one of them anyway) about any creative endeavor, is that the artist’s favorite is frequently (well maybe more likely never) the favorite of the viewer. It’s a simple thing. As an artist you sketch something that caught your eye, or if it’s from  your imagination, which you created whole. And it […]

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In Context: Sketching and Listening

As you sketch, you listen, to something entirely different from what you’re sketching. Sometimes John Oliver makes a comment you just have to note down. It’s all a snapshot of a moment in time. 

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How I Use Gesso: Some Approaches and Thoughts

Recently a subscriber on my Patreon site asked me about a gesso comment I made during a webinar. It seemed easier to answer the question with a video response. And once the video was finished I realized a lot of readers here would probably like this information as well. It’s something I’ve discussed in past […]

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Artists Who Cook

  I’m very excited to have my art and brownie recipe included in “A Collection of Art & Recipes from the Saint Paul Underground Artists League.” You can pre-order a book from Wet Paint at this link. I think it’s a fun collection that would be great for any art lover and cook. Something to […]

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How Things Line Up

When you post on Instagram your images shuffle over and your whole grid of images, all the way back to your first post shuffle over. Rows change contents. I know there are folks who really plan the organization of their posts so that there is some type of cohesive whole going on. But since my […]

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Useful Painting Tools: The Mouth Atomizer

As painters we do love our gadgets. But I like to find workhorse gadgets that have many applications and help me create an unusual texture or approach, while also speeding things up. The mouth atomizer is good for all that. It’s the perfect tool for artists who don’t own, or don’t want to deal with, […]

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Flood Debris Part 3—Rubber Stamp Masking

From the 1980s until November 2016 I gathered a rather large rubber stamp collection. I used the rubber stamps for mail art and as art tools in my journaling and art. While I gave most of the stamps (and storage boxes and index) to a young stamper in 2016 (in a move I realize now […]

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Brush Forensics

A few years ago I was asked to create an illustrated love letter for a show of such letters at a local gallery. At the time I wasn’t traveling much. For me a really good love letter requires time and distance to ferment. I chose instead to write a love note to Dick about the […]

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What I Did During the Pandemic: Thinking about Frames

Of course one of the things I did during the Pandemic was to keep sketching and painting. There didn’t seem much point to stop, since it’s a life-long habit. But also I got to the point I couldn’t have stopped if I had wanted to because I started getting obsessed with gallery walls. The downsizing […]

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