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I carry a small square Hahnemühle Toned Watercolor Journal in my purse. It’s useful for the doctor’s office visits. I ended up sketching a thumbnail of the glasses shop across from the waiting room after all.
I’m not a landscape painter, but something about the new season hosta and the fresh wood chips pulled me to sketch a little plant life. One of my friends had told me that she envied me my hosta. (Deer eat hers.) I have to say it really does look very healthy.
Recently a former Sketchbook Skool Student wrote to me asking me what to see when she was in Minnesota. (Evidently she was traveling here to go up north in Wisconsin for a drawing class at one of the resorts.) Of course whenever you ask someone a question like that you are taking into account their […]
The weather is turning warm again, getting back into the 20s (Fahrenheit). I’ve been able to sketch a couple snow piles this winter, but I think it wasn’t until almost the end of December that I got one! Before the weather gets too warm and we want to think only of other things, I thought […]
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 […]
LisaMarie [LMNOP] and Robin Kutz, co-coordinators for the Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out (and MetroSketchers), have posted the following information about the 2021 Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. You still have time to plan and participate in a variety of ways that will accommodate your current health/Covid/crowd/mask needs and safety issues. Here’s what the coordinators […]
Here’s a quick sketch I made almost exactly a year ago. I was standing in the bedroom looking out through the next room into the studio at the wall of portraits I had hanging in the studio. The beard portraits I do in my journals for fun can’t be cut out and framed. But I […]
I’ve been downsizing and that means things are going into storage. Sometimes I take a moment a peek in the journals as I box them up. Here’s a page from two years ago (2019). It had been 5 months since I’d been out of the house—this was pre-Covid—I had just had my cataract surgeries […]
I’ve been offline for five days and it seems like I’ve forgotten everything about the computer and the programs I work in. I’m playing catch-up and a post here was on the top of the list. It has been a difficult month physically for me: increased vision difficulties and a back spasm that made […]
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 […]