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Birds and Light

Crows and ravens have the most amazing colors in their plumage. They are so fun to sketch. This is in a Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook. This sketch is a quick one I made while watching some nature show, practicing quick color layering and  hoping that I would be going to the Minnesota State Fair this […]

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In Context: Thinking about Westerns, and, Oh, a Chicken

  I was watching something the other day (18 months ago!) and Jim Jarmusch said succinctly, what I’ve always felt about Westerns. And either that evening or on the next day there was a chicken documentary and I had to watch that too.  

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The Journal as Workbook

Below is a video which explains my view of the journal, and how I use my journal in my daily practice. Students in my “Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public” class asked me to share it publicly when I shut down my on-line teaching platform at the end of last year. They wanted to […]

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Virtual Fair Sketch-In Wrap Up 2020

Thank you to everyone who stopped by, whether to check in, sketch, or simply ask some questions at today’s Virtual Minnesota State Fair Sketch In 2020 We used “out” in the event hashtag (shown below) because I’d already set it up on Facebook.  You’ll be able to see some posts already there. You’ll also find […]

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Accessories for Today’s Virtual Minnesota State Fair Sketch-In

Today at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CDT I’ll be live streaming a sketching demo. It’s a Virtual State Fair Sketch-In because I won’t be at the Fairgrounds—the Minnesota State Fair was cancelled this year due to the Pandemic. I’m glad we are staying safe but I’m always at the Fair on this day in […]

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A Virtual Minnesota State Fair “Sketch IN” Saturday, August 29, 2020

Look, if this were any other year you wouldn’t be getting one post from me on this day, let alone two—I’d be two days into my Minnesota State Fair Sketching experience. Something I’ve been doing every year for over 25 years. The pandemic means we aren’t going to have the Minnesota State Fair this year. […]

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In Context: On The Work Table

What’s on my work table? Every so often I gather the stuff up and sort it. Some of it ends up in my journal. For the past two years we’ve had problems with our ductless a.c. units. This has meant I’ve had to move everything in the studio to one corner of the room every […]

Detail from the above page spread. What caught my attention was the lovely light that caused such interesting shadows on this pigeon.

Drawing Practice Registration Closes June 6

Just a heads up, my last session of my online class “Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public” closes registration on June 6.  When you register there are some open lessons with information on supplies and such. The first lesson opens on June 7 and the class runs for a month with new lessons every […]

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Accepting Changes in Your Process

I’ve written quite a bit about accepting changes in your process throughout the 11 years of this blog. It is a common theme in my teaching.  One of the things that seems to hang students up the most is the notion that there must be one “right” way to do something. I’m constantly telling crop […]

Page spread from an oversize journal with texture layers and sketches of aviary finches.

Registration for Textures Class Closes Friday

Registration for my six-week class “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media” closes this Friday, March 27. The class lessons begin on Saturday, March 28. (Introductory material is open immediately upon registration; this includes videos about materials.) A supply list is downloadable at the registration link. What I love about this class is that […]

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