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In Context: Beyond Likeness

I make a lot of notes about the blog posts I want to write. A couple days ago I drew this cat. One of my notes was sitting there on my desk.  Together they seem to say succinctly what I wanted to say about “why draw?” and the search for likeness in portraits. I’ll stop […]

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Working in a Grid

Last fall I started doing a series of talks and posts for my Patreon subscribers about working with grids. There are tons of reasons you might want to do this but the main reason is to keep your momentum going when you find you don’t have a lot of time to make art.  Even if […]

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Trying Out Dagger Brushes (Part Two of I haven’t a Clue How Many Posts)

Now and then I get a desire to test something new. Sometimes I hear about a new product, or a friend mentions something to me. Sometimes I go to the store and see something and wonder what it would be like to use that tool or medium. Other times, like recently, I unpack brushes that […]

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Trying Out Some New Watercolor Brushes

What better time to test different types of watercolor brushes then when you are filling up the final pages of a journal made with great gelatin-sized paper!? That’s what I’m up to as the year moves to a close and I have 16 page spreads left in a hand-bound journal. Studio unpacking has progressed to […]

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Blick’s White Sulphite Drawing Paper

The other day a friend stopped over with some of Blick’s White Sulphite Drawing Paper. She was going to do some gel printing on it, but she thought I might enjoy testing it. I did. I videotaped my first drawing session using this paper. You can hear my opinions about the paper and learn other […]

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Sometimes You Want to Use a Fine-tipped Pen…

  I love working with my various brush pens, but sometimes you have a subject that calls out for the use of a finer tipped pen. Besides that, Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper loves a fine-tipped pen. It’s a win-win. Explore the fine-tip pens you enjoy using today—what types of papers do they pair […]

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For the Love of Negative Space

I hear all sorts of things from my journaling students. “How much negative space should I leave on my journal spread?” “How much space should surround my focal point?” “How much text and how much more illustration should I put on my page spread?” “How should I arrange these 5 things on my page spread […]

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Journaling Predictions and Creative Momentum

Even after all the decades I’ve kept a journal I am still amused by the lack of accuracy in its (i.e. my) predictions.  Constantly surprised in humorous ways how things don’t turn out as I suspect. Always amazed at how the conscious mind might be working at something and all the while the mind’s creative […]

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In Context: Comfort Foods

Comfort foods, we all have them. Some are actually healthy for us. Others we merely think are healthy for us and forget some key information! In 2021 I had a major internal system breakdown (nothing Covid related). Later I realized that my reversion to my comfort food of tuna and rice, was not a great […]

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In Context—Use Every Moment to Sketch

In December there were a lot of appointments and a good deal of rushing about. And I’d decided to fill a Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Soft covered journal (7.75 x 9.75 inch) in about 10 days. Of course. So it was important to use every moment to sketch. You can read about this moment […]

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