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Pen sketch in a small Nostalgie journal. A very shaky line drawing of Dick which never came together on the left. Then a perfect likeness on  the right of another person in the waiting room.

Achilles’ Heel, Everyone’s Got One

My Achilles’ Heel, used to be the girls, and how quickly I could get them out of their crates (and with what tools) if there was an accident in the Bronco. Now it’s clear that my Achilles’ Heel is Dick’s eyes. Dick had cataract surgery almost a month ago. What should have been a quick […]

A five-minute pencil sketch  of Dick as he sat on the couch in the TV room. I just grabbed my mechanical pencil with a very thick, soft lead, and a piece of scratch paper that was handy. (I can't even tell you which kind of paper because the sketch disappeared after scanning—I think I might have made a to-do list on the back…

Use Every Free Moment for Sketching.

OK, everyone knows you can’t use EVERY free moment for sketching. But you can grab a lot of them and bend them to paper and pencil or pen… I find that even if it’s late at night I can usually get one more quick sketch fitted into the day. On this evening I did a […]

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CR Is My Best Life Model

  Dick always goes to see his parents on Saturday. I like to go on different days during the week so that they get lots of visits. Sometimes I go with Dick because I will cut CR’s hair, or I’ll go get Phyllis (she’s on a different floor) and bring her down, so they can […]

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Roz Emerges from Face Deprivation

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 […]

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Change Up Your Tools to Discover New Mark Making Possibilities

Left: Direct brush portrait of Dick as he sat in the TV room with a light crossing him. (9 x 12 inch sheet of smooth yardstick). Read below for more details. Paintings of Dick often start with leftover paints. On this day I had some gouache leftover from a trip to the Bell Museum. Lots […]

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Project Friday—Improving Your Drawing Practice with Repetition, the Right Tool, Being Invested, and Celebration

Above: Practice sketches in a 6 x 8 inch journal using a thick, soft, solid, fiber-tipped black brush pen and Montana Marker (background) as well as a large, fat-leaded Lyra metallic pencil. I'm feeling around to sense the nuance in the pose, the angle of the eyes, the negative space that first attracted me, to […]

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Eyebrow Update: Another Gouache Painting in the Nostalgie Sketchbook

Above: Gouache sketch in a large A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inch) portrait orientation Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Dick sitting on the TV room couch. Direct brush painting (orange paint) then some areas of gouache added—using up paint and not getting white paint out. Left: Detail from todays image. Some days I think the journal page says it all. So […]

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Giving the Pentel Duo Point Brush Pen a Workout (and a bonus Eyebrow Update)

Above: A 12-minute sketch of Dick as he sat under a bright light on the couch in the TV room—9 x 12 smooth cardstock journal. While I'd done a shorter (time duration) first sketch with this pen, this was the first sketch where I explored all the different types of lines I could get from […]

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Learning a New Face

Above: Water-soluble ink brush pen and light layers of gouache in a Shinola Sketchbook. For the past several months, off and on. I've been drawing a friend who has been kind enough to mug for the camera—all those faces that pass in an instant that I wanted to capture. OK, I just really wanted a break […]

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We Train Each Other Bit By Bit

  Left: CR after his haircut and walk, sitting as still as can be. Ink pen and watercolor on an 8 inch square page in a Seawhite journal. Sometimes learning happens slowly, without us noticing it. In August after I cut CR’s hair Dick took him for a walk. When they returned I was just finishing […]

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