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Different Ways to Journal

Ever wonder what happens when you retire a tracking dog? They don’t every really retire. Up until her death, two years later, almost exactly, Dottie was still showing me she was happy to show me all the things in the vicinity of our walk routes that had human scent on them. The above photo is […]

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The Case for Not Finishing a Sketch

I’m the first person to encourage people to finish what they start. In fact I encourage people to push past the point where they think they have finished, because until you “break” a few sketches you don’t really know where that point of finish resides. But I also wanted to put a word in today […]

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In Context—Quotations from Revisited Books

The one highlight of going through my books and culling things out is that I’ve been able to re-read books out-of-sight for 20 or more years.  It’s like saying hello to old friends. With Delano Ames it’s a very insightful friend.

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Annals of Downsizing: Why Not Fold Some Paper?

I’ve got 10,000 things to do, but why not fold 800 sheets of paper? While clearing out my storage room I found a box of pre-cut 17 x 11 inch paper with the grain running with the 11 inch side. I had it cut years ago to use for printing some zines I was making. […]

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A Look Back at the Early Days of the Pandemic

Journals remind us of things. They provide a look back. They can be a great record of the events of our lives. They provide a look back, in this instance, to the early days of the Pandemic. The Digital Armageddon I’m going through since February 2, 2021 has resulted in some losses of data—I need […]

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Using Your Journal to Ask Questions

A journal is for asking questions. You can ask visually, and you can also ask written questions. To me, often the most interesting thing about my journal pages is not what I drew on the page or what I noticed as I went through my day and captured visually, but the questions and thoughts I […]

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In Context: Small Details Matter

In this brush pen and watercolor sketch in a Hahnemühle Travel Journal I’m working with wet media on a drawing paper and loving it. (I’ll have a counter opinion about using non-watercolor paper coming up another day on the blog.) You can click on the image and read the in-context text, me cooling my heals, […]

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Sewn On The Spine Class Registration Opens Today

Registration for my “Sewn-on-the-Spine” book binding class begins today. You can read more about the class on the registration page.  Also on the registration page you’ll find a link to a detailed supply list. You can view me talking about the various qualities of this book in this video link.   Registration closes on October 2. […]

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Accessories for Today’s Virtual Minnesota State Fair Sketch-In

Today at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CDT I’ll be live streaming a sketching demo. It’s a Virtual State Fair Sketch-In because I won’t be at the Fairgrounds—the Minnesota State Fair was cancelled this year due to the Pandemic. I’m glad we are staying safe but I’m always at the Fair on this day in […]

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A Virtual Minnesota State Fair “Sketch IN” Saturday, August 29, 2020

Look, if this were any other year you wouldn’t be getting one post from me on this day, let alone two—I’d be two days into my Minnesota State Fair Sketching experience. Something I’ve been doing every year for over 25 years. The pandemic means we aren’t going to have the Minnesota State Fair this year. […]

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