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Phyllis at the beginning of 2018. Days away from being 97.

Reflections on a Big-Hearted and Generous Life

My mother-in-law Phyllis Stone, passed away on January 16, 2018. She had just celebrated her 97th birthday on January 5. On January 10 she caught the flu. She was hospitalized a couple days later with flu, pneumonia, and additional issues. She died peacefully on January 16 with Dick and me holding her hands.  She was […]

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Saying Good-bye To The Bell Museum

Above: Pen and watercolor sketch at the Bell Museum on 9 x 12 inch white Stonehenge paper. And yes Stonehenge is not a watercolor paper, but sometimes you just want to paint on what you want to paint on. Sunday was the Urban Sketchers Twin Cities sketch out at the Bell Museum. I added the […]

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Throwback Thursday: My Favorite Necklace and Fun with Holiday Cards

Left: The full holiday card, probably 1985 because we didn’t have the girls yet. And they became the focus of our cards. You can see the cover, inside panel, and back panel. Our cards always had a back panel. That “Priceless” bit—didn’t I ever tell you about that? When I first came into the family […]

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My Cunning Plan To Be Ageless and My Function on Road Trips with Linda

Above: Me in my favorite Gortex jacket—the one I went through two of when tracking with the girls; which has a very nifty zip open back that allows for a fanny pack and keeps that pack dry. Photo ©2004 Linda Koutsky. I love this photo—the balance Linda achieved in the composition. She has such a lovely eye. […]

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Sometimes It’s Time To Stop Painting

Left: Selfie made while looking in the bathroom mirror.8 inch square journal on its side vertically. (Defunct printmaking paper.) PPBP and some gouache. Sometimes you start painting and you like the colors and even the direction, but you know it's time to stop.

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Tools and Subject Matter—Over a Life of Sketching

Above: A 10 minute sketch using a carbon-black ink felt-tipped brush pen sketch of Dick in the TV Room—focusing on Contours after a wearing day. Background: Montana marker. 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia Journal page spread. (If you can't read the text, you can see a typed version at the end of this post.) […]

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Relish: Lucy Knisley’s Visual Memoir Tells the Story of Her Life through Food

In December 2009 I found a graphic travel memoir by Lucy Knisley, "French Milk." I loved it as you can see if you read that post. Using a brush pen to sketch the moments of her trip to France with her mother, Knisley created a visually engaging and emotionally interesting mother-daughter memoir. I still recommend […]

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