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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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Dry Pens Are Sometimes the Most Satisfying

    I made this sketch one evening while watching television. I hadn’t been able to draw anything that day. Sitting next to me I had a lovely handmade journal I made with the old Gutenberg paper which has a lovely laid texture, flecks and a creamy yellow color. It loves pen  and ink.  But […]

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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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Textures Class Registration Opens Today and Other Online Class News

The registration page for my Textures class is now open. Registration closes on March 27. Class begins on March 28. If you’ve always wondered how I make the background textures for my visual journaling and mixed media art sign up for this class. There are detailed videos for every step of the process and extensive […]

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Recipes Always Have a Place in a Visual Journal

I love to make new soups. I take things I have on hand and work out what would taste good together.  Keeping track of these improvised recipes in my visual journal means that I’ll be able to remake them and enjoy them again on another day. (Or be able to fix things that didn’t turn […]

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In Context—Painting on Drawing Paper

Two page spreads today from one of my Hahnemühle Travel Journals. (These are hardcover books that look like Moleskines, but these have more pages and a toothy drawing paper.) I used a Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen FB, watercolor, and a 1/2 inch flat brush.  Take a moment to look at all the pieces in […]

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Protected: Post-Project Let Down: What To Do About It

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Protected: In Context: Playing with Paint

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Protected: In Context: Some TV Viewing Post Eye Surgery

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Protected: In Context—Richard’s Elbow

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