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Even if Your Vision Is Giving You Fits You Can Still Get Some Sketching Done

This is a short pep talk. Your glasses don’t fit. The prescription isn’t right. Your vision is blurred by cataracts and any number of things that can happen to eyes. And you just don’t feel like sketching. Tough do it anyway. It keeps you prepped for sketching the next time your vision isn’t as blurred. […]

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Cupcakes—Thoughts and an Upcoming Demo

There’s a bakery in the same building as my eye doctor’s downtown office. I made a lot of trips to his office last year. Dick drove me. Then on the walk down from the eye doctor’s office to the parking ramp I often suggested a stop at the bakery to buy some “life-drawing” models. Don’t […]

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Minnesota State Fair Plans

I don’t know if the Minnesota State Fair 2020 has been cancelled. (It takes place the 12 days before Labor Day each year.) As I write this in advance of my posting date the clock on their site reads 101 days, 11 hours, and 11 minutes to Fair. But my personal Fair adventure this year […]

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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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Accepting Changes in Your Process

I’ve written quite a bit about accepting changes in your process throughout the 11 years of this blog. It is a common theme in my teaching.  One of the things that seems to hang students up the most is the notion that there must be one “right” way to do something. I’m constantly telling crop […]

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Review: Stencil Revolution Stencils

Today’s post is a video review of Stencil Revolution’s stencils. If the above video doesn’t show up in the post please use this direct link. Months ago they contacted me to test and review their stencils. Unfortunately I was out of the studio longer than anticipated after cataract surgery. Photographer Tom Nelson shot the overhead […]

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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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