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What Are You Waiting for? Go Ahead Paint on Note Paper

    “What Are You Waiting for? Go Ahead Paint on Note Paper” pretty much says it all. Here’s a spread from one of my green lined journals. You can find non-art journals in any bookstore on earth—typically with botanical sketches or pink covers that will appeal to 16 year old girls. (Well actually to […]

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Don’t Stop, Keep Going

  I think one of the biggest mistakes an artist keeping a visual journal or sketchbook can make is to stop when he gets frustrated. That’s when you kick it up a notch, hunker down, repeat, repeat, repeat.  Keep searching for that line, or that likeness, whatever it maybe. If you give up too quickly […]

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Physical Therapy for Your Art Practice

I suggest to my Drawing Practice students that they do a six-week plan and goal setting session at the end of class; and that they repeat that every six weeks for the rest of their lives. Knowing what our goals are, and seeing how we executed our plans, helps us realign our strategy for going […]

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Sketching Faces: When You Feel You’ve Hit A Plateau

    I sketch a ton of faces. I look back over the years and see how my approach to sketching faces has changed, how it’s constantly evolving. Often students write to me about experiencing a plateau in their drawing efforts. They feel that they have achieved a level of skill at which they remain […]

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Some Dog Sketches on Canson 180

      What better way to test a paper than with some dog sketches on Canson 180? In the sketches today I used a Sailor Fude Fountain pen (containing Platinum Carbon Black ink) and watercolor to make quick sketches from dogs on the Sktchy App.  The scans show paper buckling caused by the wet […]

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Roz Is So Gross—Making Art By Any Means Available

I think it’s important to make art every day, by any means necessary—or in this case available. The other day I went to my massage therapy session. Dick dropped me off because I can’t drive with my right foot in a cast.  I sat in the waiting area. Since there was no one else there […]

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Working Transparently and Opaquely with Watercolor

My eyes have still not settled down after the cataract surgeries (January 28 and March 5). There are some issues which appear to be permanent. I’ll deal with them in another post. Today I wanted to write about the drive to paint in color, the need to push paint around. If you saw the journal […]

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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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Upgrading Your Paper Choices for Sketchbooks, Visual Journals, and Art

  To get the best results when sketching and painting it makes sense to use the best quality materials that you can afford. Then upgrade those materials as your budget allows. Recently a blog reader wrote in saying that she had upgraded her art supplies to artist level watercolors (mostly Daniel Smith), purchased some quality […]

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How Do I Keep a Journal or a Sketchbook?

I get asked all the time “How do I keep a journal or a sketchbook?” I teach journaling classes in which students create in visual journals. I teach drawing classes that require students keep a sketchbook. Some people also ask me how journals and sketchbooks differ. The questions have so much “extra” weight. What those […]

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