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What Is a Study?

    Artists often make “studies” of a subject before they jump into working on a painting or detailed drawing. Why is it useful? Why is it important? I think a study is a notion of the bright sparkly possibilities ahead.  When we look at a subject we recognize something and try to get that […]

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Another Watercolor Sketch in an Arteza Watercolor Book

      I’m still working my way through an Arteza Watercolor book.  It’s 8.3 x 11.7 inches. I wrote a review of this journal and paper in a ninepart series (I think it was only nine).  You can enter the words “Arteza Watercolor Book” in my blog’s search engine and all the posts will […]

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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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Self-Assessment: 2018—Filling Journals, Using Up Paint

  Some Background and The Brand of Paint I’ve Been Using Lately Yes, this painting actually has something to do with self-assessment and goal setting. First I want to say something about the materials… While I did sketch some more after painting this image yesterday (Dec. 31, 2018) this turned out to be my final […]

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The Truth Matters; Freedom of the Press Matters; Vote Today

Today, nothing matters more than getting out to vote.  By November 3, 2018 there were literally 6,420 reasons to vote against President Trump. That was the current tally of misstatements Trump had made in the 649 days of his presidency. Misstatements which have been misogenistic, racist, and simply insulting to caring, compassionate, and responsible humans. […]

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Draw a Beard, You’ll Feel Better

Draw a Beard, You’ll Feel Better—That’s my advice today. I have too many deadlines and I’m still working to organize the end of my year. I thought today’s image was a perfect way to stay in touch. I feel like I’m staring at my computer like this the past few weeks.  But painting a beard […]

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Gregory Graham Art Auction

Do you like interesting views of the life that is all around us? Do you need some colorful and observant art for your walls?  My friend Gregory Graham is having a daily auction through September 6, Labor Day. Bidding starts at $75 for each 5 x 7 inch gouache painting.  The paintings all come in […]

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Follow Me on Instagram—During the Hiatus, the Interim, and Beyond

Yes I’ve been posting on Instagram. You can find me there under “rozstendahl.” You can also go to the top of my blog and click on the Instagram logo in the top right; or go to the bottom panel that’s on every page of my blog, then click on the Instagram logo on the top […]

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Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 3 Patterns

This is Part Three of a five-part series on simple approaches to backgrounds in the visual journal and paintings. See Part One here. Today I wanted to look at pattern—it’s something that you can use to quickly fill up the background space around a subject. I’ve written about some of my favorite approaches numerous times […]

Mixed media portrait using a variety of pens, acrylic marker, and gouache, over a pre-painted textured background. (Stonehenge Aqua cold press 140 lb. Watercolor paper—a review of this paper is coming to the blog in February!)

Reasons To Take An Online Class With Roz…

  Saturday, February 3 the next session of my “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media” starts. It’s a six week class that takes you through my process for make pre-painted and textured backgrounds for visual journaling and other artworks.  Registration closes Saturday at 8 p.m. (CST). I’m really excited about the class. I’m […]

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