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End of Year Evaluations: Setting Goals and Projects

Something I talk to my students about a lot, whether it’s in a drawing class like “Drawing Practice” or now on my Patreon site is the importance of setting goals and projects that support those goals. It all begins with an honest evaluation of where your skills and your goals are right now. I was […]

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Making Pamphlet Books

This weekend I posted my six-part video class on making pamphlet books. This was originally a free class I had available for several years on my Ruzuku teaching platform—when that was active. I’m going into the new year with some suggested projects for my Patreon subscribers and I realized while making examples to discuss and […]

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What’s on Patreon October 2023?

This month I’m looking at simplification—of color choice, color washes and layering, and of course ink lines. Everything in drawing is basically about making choices and simplifying things, but it’s the really fun mental game of it, so I think it’s always good to talk about it, demystify it, and help you enjoy your drawing […]

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Brush Forensics

A few years ago I was asked to create an illustrated love letter for a show of such letters at a local gallery. At the time I wasn’t traveling much. For me a really good love letter requires time and distance to ferment. I chose instead to write a love note to Dick about the […]

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Review: “Look Again: A Memoir” by Elizabeth A. Trembley

Books do contain essential information—sometimes. And when I read a book that does contain essential information I go around telling everyone about it—urging them to read it. That’s how I feel about Elizabeth A. Trembley’s “Look Again: A Memoir.” It contains essential information about life, creativity, and balance. Everyone alive experiences trauma a some point […]

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Jack Unruh Retrospective Show

I don’t draw attention to many upcoming shows, typically I just go to a show and then maybe write about it—like when I go to a show at Mia. But Jack Unruh is one of my all time favorite artists. His use of pen and watercolor is stunning and quirky at the same time. He […]

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In Memoriam: Florence Stendahl 1929-2022

My mother Florence Stendahl died on March 5, 2022 of pneumonia. She was 93 years old. Family was very important to her. She was the eldest daughter and third child of seven in her family, born in northwest Minnesota. Her love of family extended to her aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and their children. […]

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Missing the Fair

I’m still feeling waves of Fair deprivation.  Happily while I can’t go to a fair yet, Earth of Earth’s World has been going to fairs. I asked, and Earth is happy for artists to sketch from the photos up on the website if you give attribution. #Earthsworld if you’re on Instagram. Here’s a sketch I […]

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I Knew Very Little About Prue Leith Until…

Last December, already a fan of “The Great British Baking Show” I knew very little about the host Prue Leith except her love of wonderfully colorful glasses, wacky jewelry, and her kindness to the bakers. While poking about on Amazon Prime one evening I found, “My Greatest Dishes.” Each episode features a famous chef going […]

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Testing Langton-Prestige Watercolor Paper

  I have just started testing Daler-Rowney’s Langton-Prestige Cold Press Watercolor paper. In the above video you can see my first experiments with it and my first thoughts. If the video doesn’t play you can view it on Vimeo at this link. Normally in my demonstration videos I include any photo reference or still life […]

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