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What Am I Going to Get Up To Now? Trouble?

  We’re months out from my cataract surgeries. At last month’s eye doctor visit we learned more. I’ll write a detailed post about what’s going on soon. I won’t kid you, it has been a frustrating time. Not a day has gone by since January 30 (when they pulled off the first eye patch) when […]

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Paper Matters: Is There A Right Paper?

For artists making works on paper media selection and method of application of course both matter, but too often artists forget that paper matters too. Have you been seduced by an art supply catalog into purchasing a substandard, non-artist grade paper? I see it all the time in my student’s questions. They’ve spent money on […]

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Fun with Watercolor: Sometimes It’s Best To Use as Little Water as Possible

    To finish today’s sketch I used as little water as possible with my watercolors on a non-wet-media paper. This post shows you the ink sketch, the painted face, and then my decision to paint a background of color behind the face.  What this post can’t really show you is how much fun I […]

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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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Working on Canson 180

  Today I look at working with watercolor on a not-wet-media paper. In May I shared with you how I started working in a Canson 180 sketchbook given to me by a friend. Because recovery from cataract surgery has been protracted I’ve been rather cooped up, unable to drive, get to life drawing, etc. One […]

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Registration for “Sewn-on-the-Spine” Journal Ends Tomorrow

Registration for this class is now closed. Registration for the next session of “Sewn-on-the-Spine Journal” ends October 11, 2019, 9 p.m. CDT. Class begins on Saturday, October 12, 2019. I’ll be in this class daily during the month of class answering your questions. All lessons open on Saturday so you can work at your own […]

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Watercolor Palette Update

  Yesterday I decided it was time to tune up my watercolor travel palette. Before the Fair this year I took pan colors off two squarish palette boxes (Schmincke). I consolidated some of the pans into a smaller palette I could use at the Fair—I wanted to carry as little as possible. Since the Fair […]

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Roz Is So Gross—Making Art By Any Means Available

I think it’s important to make art every day, by any means necessary—or in this case available. The other day I went to my massage therapy session. Dick dropped me off because I can’t drive with my right foot in a cast.  I sat in the waiting area. Since there was no one else there […]

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When Your Pen Leaks Make It a Feature

Here’s a sketch from 2018 when I was doing some experiments to find my favorite toned paper for mixed media. I was testing a bunch of different chipboards. They soak up watercolor and gouache but you can use acrylic markers on them. Most I found were too expensive (when you locate them and pay postage) […]

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Upgrading Your Paper Choices for Sketchbooks, Visual Journals, and Art

  To get the best results when sketching and painting it makes sense to use the best quality materials that you can afford. Then upgrade those materials as your budget allows. Recently a blog reader wrote in saying that she had upgraded her art supplies to artist level watercolors (mostly Daniel Smith), purchased some quality […]

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