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In Context: Small Details Matter

In this brush pen and watercolor sketch in a Hahnemühle Travel Journal I’m working with wet media on a drawing paper and loving it. (I’ll have a counter opinion about using non-watercolor paper coming up another day on the blog.) You can click on the image and read the in-context text, me cooling my heals, […]

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Ink or Paint, Either Way Thank Goodness for Hipsters

  I am so grateful to the younger generination, especially the hipsters who devote real energy to their facial hair. There is nothing more fun for me than sketching beards, and there are great beards out there now to sketch. This young man actually had Dundrearies! Named after a character in the 1858 British play […]

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When Your Brush Pen Dries Out…Keep Drawing

There’s a moment when your brush pen starts to run out of ink, but it’s not quite dry yet. In fact if you let it rest for a little bit part way through a drawing it seems to get a second wind in only a few minutes. If you can’t wait that long, simply have […]

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In Context—Brush Pen Portrait

I post this today as a reminder that when you’re going through rough times it’s important to keep using your creativity. Something imperfect is better than not having a go. Exercising your creativity generates new energy. 

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In Context—More Brush Pen Sketching

Pumpkins and squash are great things to sketch with the brush pens. Use my blog’s search engine to find more such sketches. (The caption is confusing even to me some 2 years plus on. I remember having a problem getting the pumpkin to stand up and thought I was balancing it against my hiking boots […]

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In Context—Brush Pen Sketch and Memories

With luck we’ll have an early spring and I’ll be out on the bike path again soon. But here’s an in-context page spread from one of my 2019 journals.

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Something from 2020’s Journal: Cooking

I’ve always enjoyed cooking shows. I put it down to seeing Graham Kerr (“The Galloping Gourmet”) when I was young. And of course Julia Child. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen when I was a child—unless I wanted to make my tuna and rice “snack” which is still my comfort food today. […]

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More Sketches of James Corden

So last year as you saw I started sketching James Corden while viewing “Gavin & Stacey.” (See yesterday’s post.) I decided, since I was having fun sketching him at lunch I’d stay up and watch his late night show. And of course sketch him. It’s always fun to work on Nostalgie. The smooth surface of […]

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Sketching Stuart with Watercolor

After doing so many sketches of Stuart in pen, I decided to sketch him in watercolor. I was working in a Hahnemühle Drawing and Sketching Sketchbook. It contains a high quality drawing paper, but it’s not a wet media paper. I had to be careful not to use too much water, and not to work […]

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Another Look At Stuart…

Here’s another quick sketch of the same muse from Sktchy. I love that mustache.  I was sitting in the car while Dick was in the pharmacy (all masked up). The visit went very quickly and I only had a few minutes. But it was enough time to look at the large shapes of value and […]

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