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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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The Right Pen with the Right Paper?

I have spent years telling students that there is no perfect paper. There is no perfect pen. That’s still true! Why write today that there is a right pen with the right paper? Because sketching, if you’re going to do it all the time, should be, in fact needs to be, fun. And one of […]

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Textures Class Registration Opens Today and Other Online Class News

The registration page for my Textures class is now open. Registration closes on March 27. Class begins on March 28. If you’ve always wondered how I make the background textures for my visual journaling and mixed media art sign up for this class. There are detailed videos for every step of the process and extensive […]

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Online Class: “Drawing Practice” Registration Opens Today

Registration for “Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public” opens today. (Click on the link to read about it and register.) Pre-class information will be available to all registered students immediately upon registration so that you can begin to set your goals and organize your time. (See below for a link to the supply PDF […]

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Always Be Playing: Try Different Approaches with the Nearly Same Media

It is important to experiment using different media together to come up with a look that suits the subject and mood of your sketch. If you don’t push yourself to try different media in different combinations you’ll never find what you like the look of; and what you most enjoy using. In this post I’ve […]

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Creative Expectations, Creative Execution, Creative Learning: Lauren Lim’s Instant Photo Documentary

In “Instant: A Short Documentary” Lauren Lim sets out to photograph people on the street, and give them the resultant photo.   In the process she learns about her own expectations, her own discomfort, and more about what photography means to her and the people she meets. My blog is full of posts on creativity and […]

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Enjoy the Little Bits

It’s important if you’re going to keep your drawing habit healthy that you take time to find something good in what you’ve done. Yes, you might not have captured someone’s likeness, or caught the proportions of a still life or landscape, but there is always something you can find and enjoy. And if you do […]

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Don’t Stop, Keep Going

  I think one of the biggest mistakes an artist keeping a visual journal or sketchbook can make is to stop when he gets frustrated. That’s when you kick it up a notch, hunker down, repeat, repeat, repeat.  Keep searching for that line, or that likeness, whatever it maybe. If you give up too quickly […]

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Physical Therapy for Your Art Practice

I suggest to my Drawing Practice students that they do a six-week plan and goal setting session at the end of class; and that they repeat that every six weeks for the rest of their lives. Knowing what our goals are, and seeing how we executed our plans, helps us realign our strategy for going […]

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In Context—Painting on Drawing Paper

Two page spreads today from one of my Hahnemühle Travel Journals. (These are hardcover books that look like Moleskines, but these have more pages and a toothy drawing paper.) I used a Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen FB, watercolor, and a 1/2 inch flat brush.  Take a moment to look at all the pieces in […]

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