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Warm Ups: Some More Thoughts…

I’ve written about warm ups many times, but readers still often forget how important they are. So I’m sharing some warm up pieces from my journals again today, before I get some more warm ups done and get my day going. My goal with warm ups is to check myself on my ability to correctly […]

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Have Fun By Working on a Different Surface

Sometimes it’s fun to work on a toned surface, whether you create that tone (or texture) yourself by preprinting the surface, or your work on a surface that comes toned. Typically I’ll work on toned paper but I had some chipboard in the studio for another project and grabbed a piece to sketch on the […]

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Step By Step: Pen, watercolor, and Collage

I make sketches I call piecemeal portraits because I end up running out of paper and have to add paper to them. Typically I do this on loose sheets. But recently I’ve found myself doing it sometimes in my journal too. Today’s portrait is one that I made in my regular journal. The journal is […]

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In Context—Losing a Loved One

We can find insightful quotes which remind us of our humanity everywhere.

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Projects versus Series?

  Sometimes in classes I have students ask me what the difference is between a project and a series. I believe the difference is basically slim to none depending on how the user of these words understands and defines them.  Dictionary.com defines “project” as something that is contemplated, devised, or planned; plan; scheme. a large […]

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Dogs—Paws On Grand Is Coming Up

    This year, because of bronchitis I’m not going to be able to sketch dogs at Wet Paint for Paws On Grand. But I wanted to give you a heads up about this event because there  are going to be some great artists on hand ready to make quick portraits of your dog, cat, […]

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In Context—Sketching while Sick

My hiatus has been a bit of a bust. Instead of catching up on my ongoing projects and starting a new one that I really wanted to jump into, I came down with a respiratory bug. I sketch even when I’m ill. Many may think that’s a waste of time and paper when you’re coughing […]

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In Contest—Paper Comparisons

If you are testing papers to see whether you like working on them then it is important that you test all your usual techniques to ensure that the paper will respond in ways that support those techniques. Since prepainting backgrounds is an important part of the play and puzzle aspect of my practice comparison tests […]

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In Context—Paper Testing

For the first two months of 2018 I tested both the hot press and cold press versions of the new Stonehenge Aqua 140 lb. watercolor paper.  To do that I first bound two books. One contained hot press paper, the other cold press. I then used all the usual pens and paints I typically use […]

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Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 2 Multi-color Backgrounds

This is Part Two of a five-part series on executing simple backgrounds in your journal or other artwork. Part One of this series can be found at this link. One of the simplest, yet most interesting approaches to a background, especially for a portrait, is to have broken color. This means that one or more […]

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