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In Context: Found Photos of the Girls

  This is a page from a small Hahnemühle Toned paper journal. The photo “stickers” are about an inch wide. I found a stack of these stickers from 1990-91 while clearing out some stuff in the downsizing.  I put them in a couple journals I have going right now, and tossed the extras. I figure […]

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Sketching Fair Goers without a Fair

I spent the year sketching Fair Goers who Earth’s World had captured at Fairs and Festivals. (See #earthsworld, @earthsworld on Instagram and Flicker; Earth permits artists to use the photos as sketching reference with attribution!)  Even in May I kept thinking I’d better practice just in case. No Fair for me this year, but I […]

A detail of my painting of actor Colm Meaney. You can look closely, especially in the hair, and easily see that I'm using very little water with my watercolor pigments.

Another Look at Hahnemühle’s Travel Journal

I go on and on about how much I love Hahnemühle’s Travel Journal. It’s about 8 x 6 inches and looks like a very thick Moleskine—i.e., black cover, elastic closure, back envelope, ribbon book mark. (Let’s just point out that the first thing I do when I open a new one is pull that ribbon […]

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Why Character Actors Make the Best Models

This sketch of a character actor in an historical drama (set in the 1930s) is not exaggerated. This is how he looked (essentially, OK there is always some exaggeration when you draw directly with ink, because if a line goes a little wonky I simply keep going…) It’s no secret, especially when I work with […]

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Another Bit of Brush Pen and Ink Wash

      In 2021 I drew a lot of sketches of actor Alun Armstrong. Many were sketches in my journals. It was a project I did—#MarchIsSketchAlunArmstrongMonth. As I go through and work on rebuilding my digital archive it’s fun to come across these sketches and be reminded of the fun of trying to decipher […]

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What’s on My Patreon Site for August 2022?

Last month on my Patreon/Roz-interim site I was writing and demonstrating working loosely. For me working loosely is a big topic. I’ve written about the need for each artist to define what “loosely” means to him or her. For me part of working loosely involves the tools you’re using. So this August I’ll be continuing to […]

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Things You Find in Your Digital Archive

I thought I started using the Hahnemühle Travel Journal well before 2019, but my journals are all in storage for the downsizing. I’m just now going through some digital files trying to rebuild my archive. It’s fun to take a quick look at the past with these scans. Today I found this sketch and I’m […]

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Victorian Top Hats and the Evolution of the T-shirt

Late at night  I sometimes curl up with my journal and sketch Victorian Fashion, specifically top hats. Since I started the week with a doodle of a man in a top hat, I thought I would continue along with more Victorian top hats. Watching dramatizations of the books of Charles Dickens will provide you with […]

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Sometimes Even A Fun-to-Draw Beard Isn’t Sufficient Inducement to Watch a TV Show

I watch a lot of TV. This has always been true. And I often sketch while watching TV. The other day, before I canceled Comcast Cable TV (because for over 6 months they had been sending technicians to fix a pixelation and no-picture random-reboot situation) I caught a brief few moments of “Mud, Sweat, and […]

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In Memoriam: Florence Stendahl 1929-2022

My mother Florence Stendahl died on March 5, 2022 of pneumonia. She was 93 years old. Family was very important to her. She was the eldest daughter and third child of seven in her family, born in northwest Minnesota. Her love of family extended to her aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and their children. […]

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