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Dig Out Some Old Art Supplies

Even with the best laid plans sometimes things happen. I like to tape sketching sessions to use when explaining things to my Patreon subscribers. But last month while preparing pieces for this month’s playing with color theme I more than once forgot to turn the camera back on after taking a break to get something, […]

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Working Opaquely with Watercolor

Today’s sketch isn’t an example of leaving something out (details on the shirt and jacket) to balance something else. I simply wanted to only paint the face, beard, and background. I thought about painting the shirt and jacket but I liked the lines that were showing through. (Sometimes you simply fall in love with your […]

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Sometimes Leaving Something Out Emphasizes It

I know I like to get fussy. I know I like to go into detail when I am sketching. I especially love sketching beards and hair. I remember in February when I was watching “Murdoch” and I made this sketch—I was struck by this actor’s incredible hair.   I can also remember how, as I sketched, […]

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In Context: Last Year I Watched a Lot of Cooking Shows

  This is Paul—a contestant on the Great British Baking Show Holiday Edition, season not noted down. Yep, the woman who takes notes on everything relaxed her standards last year. Didn’t seem to be any point, I was watching so many cooking shows. I couldn’t get out because I couldn’t drive (post-cataract vision effects). I […]

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Things To Do in the Current Pandemic: Baking and Bread Flour and Recurring Journal Themes

  In the current Pandemic it seems everyone is baking bread. Less than 11 months ago I was thinking about all the bread baking I wanted to do. Dick actually came home with a list of the flours available at the local co-op. I don’t have much kitchen space though, so I put it off. […]

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Seeing Color In Faces When Painting

In this sketch from August 2019 I played with large flat brush to lay in mostly transparent washes of watercolor.   I was watching TV late in the evening and the actor Anna Chancellor came on. I paused the TV because I wanted to work on the angles of the planes of her face and particularly […]

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Want To See How Roz Sketches and Paints?

Last December I started a Patreon-Roz Interim subscription blog where I place real time videos of my sketching demonstrations.  This is the sketch that I showed in March of this year. It uses pen and watercolor in an Arteza Watercolor Book. (I’ve reviewed these journals elsewhere on this blog, please use the category list to […]

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Portrait Practice: Going from the General to the Specific

Just a practice spread from April 2019. I was almost 2 months out from my second cataract surgery, but still working with uncorrected eyes. It was as if I needed a recalibration every time I sat down to sketch. But it was also about remembering to breathe and to not focus on the realities of […]

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Things to Do in the Current Pandemic: Get a New Eyeball

In an episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (available on Netflix) he interviews comedians as he spends time with them doing just that, getting coffee. (There are some side trips too.) I had to pull some examples for a class I was teaching and I re-read this journal page from 2018. (It’s […]

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Make Some Marks, You Know You Want To…

Go on, make some marks. You know you want to, what’s stopping you? Even with uncorrected vision I have moments with my eyes. Moments which allow me, even if I can’t see accurately, to at least make a series of marks that describe a texture, follow a form, and create a pattern on the page […]

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