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Writer, historian, magician, performer, actor, Ricky Jay died on Saturday, November 24, at the age of 72. While a man who knew how to run all the classic short and long cons might not seem the ideal role model you need to take a closer look. Here is someone who spent his life observing […]
That’s right, today is World Beard Day. This celebration of beards falls on the first Saturday of September. (Click on the link if you want to find out more background.) Why am I writing about World Beard Day? Everyone who knows me knows that I love to draw men with beards. Beards are marvelous. Beards […]
This post was originally published on January 23, 2017 during my site transition. Above: A sketch at Cecil’s of an older woman finishing her meal, pen (a drying out Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen Fine Brush) and watercolor in an A6 (4.1 x 5. 8 inch or so) Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook that I carry in […]
Left: In the smallest landscape Hahnemühle Nostalgie sketchbook which is about 6 x 4.25 inches—a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch from a photo in the Sktchy app, while waiting in the doctor’s patient room. No new cartridges, just the barest flow of ink…I had to keep trying to move around the face and get in a […]
Above: Watercolor of two chairs by Lars Larson (image from American Swedish Institute; copyright the artist). Ever since January 23, 2016 friends have been asking me if I've been to the Lars Lerin exhibit and when I say I haven't (I've been swamped with work) they tell me to get over there right away. The […]
Above: When I'm waiting for my massage I sketch things in the waiting room, like the cups and tea packets on the table. It's a great time to work on my visual vocabulary. Holiday on 44th is a yearly celebration in the Camden neighborhood (North Minneapolis). Starting at 6 p.m. 44th will be transformed into a […]
If the above video doesn't run, view it at this link on YouTube. It's weird for me to see poppies at this time of year, on people's collars. Veterans groups sell them. Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. Growing up in Australia, poppies were reserved for Remembrance Day, November 11. One of us would […]
Above: Video about Shell Shock which emerged during the First World War. If the video doesn't play go to this YouTube link. (And from there you can also see the links to the other three parts.) I spend Remembrance Day in quiet contemplation with the phone off. I think that my November 11, 2010 post […]
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