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More Dry Brush: Portraits

I wanted to revisit the idea of dry brush watercolor used in portraits again today. This portrait, also made with leftover paint has light, transparent base washes still showing through at the edges of the next and around the beard and hair. But here also you can see the exaggerated way in which I use […]

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Pentel Pocket Brush Pen—New Ink Colors

Finally, at last, we’ve all wanted it for so long and now we get it—the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen can now be purchased with gray or sepia ink as well as black ink! These are Pentel’s hard-bodied pens, the fountain-pen type pen with a synthetic brush tip. (Some readers seem to be confused about which […]

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Project Friday—Let’s Collage

In this post I’ll walk you through a recent collage I made. This isn’t something that I preplanned. It’s simply something that I worked on with the materials at hand, moving from one thought to the next.  I’ve turned the step-by-step into a Project Friday because I hope you’ll get up from the computer, make […]

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Do You Stop Or Keep Pushing?

One of the things I’m asked most frequently by students is, “When do I know I’m finished with my [painting/sketch]?” I’ve heard many people give the flip response, “When you realize that you’ve gone to far, then you know you should have stopped.” It’s actually more simple and more complex than that. First, yes, if […]

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What’s the Deal with the 2019 Celebration of International Fake Journal Month?

In January I decided that after 10 years of a public celebration of International Fake Journal Month I’d end the public portion of this project. You can read about my reasons at the above link to the official blog. So this year there is no button and theme/tagline and most important, nothing for me to […]

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Stonehenge Aqua Review Part 5—A Look at the Hot Press Surface

This is part 5 of a multi-part review of Stonehenge Aqua cold press and hot press. Please see this link for the first post in the series. Hot press paper is my paper of choice, so I’m going to spend more time testing a new hot press paper than I am testing a cold press […]

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Stonehenge Aqua Review Part 4—Washes on Hot and Cold Press

This is part four in a multi-part review of Stonehenge Aqua Watercolor paper. Please click here for part one and work your way through the series. When looking at papers I think it’s useful to compare things side by side. I suggest that you open each of the images in this post in a separate […]

Detail of color pencil sketch on Stonehenge Aqua Hot Press.

Stonehenge Aqua Review Part 3—Color Pencil on the Hot Press Surface

This is part three in a multi-part review of Stonehenge Aqua. Please click here to view part one. If you wish to read part two please click here. At two future posts will deal with the hot press version of this paper and a wrap up. If you think I’m fussy about which brand and […]

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Stonehenge Aqua Review Part 1—Overview and the Cold Press Surface

In 2017 I requested Stonehenge Aqua samples based on a company promotion. I’m sure many of you did the same. You’ve probably already made your decision about this paper. I spent most of January 2018 working on Stonehenge Aqua 140 lb. watercolor paper in both the cold press and hot press surfaces.  For various reasons—the […]

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The Daily Potato: A Look at a Daily Drawing Project

At the end of September 2018 Jennifer Okano brightened everyone’s day by posting this wonderfully dimensional sketch of a sweet potato in a group I host for past students. She wrote:  This month my focus has been on contours. Outside, inside, cross. Picking the oddest Japanese sweet potatoes at the market has given me a […]

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