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The Right Pen with the Right Paper?

I have spent years telling students that there is no perfect paper. There is no perfect pen. That’s still true! Why write today that there is a right pen with the right paper? Because sketching, if you’re going to do it all the time, should be, in fact needs to be, fun. And one of […]

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Coincidence or not? Seeing Double…

Lately I’ve found that because I always see double I have been spending a lot of time thinking about “the single line” and what is the minimal amount that you can do with line. Dogs are a useful subject to practice these theories on.  Paper matters so much in this exploration. In the second image […]

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Review: Stencil Revolution Stencils

Today’s post is a video review of Stencil Revolution’s stencils. If the above video doesn’t show up in the post please use this direct link. Months ago they contacted me to test and review their stencils. Unfortunately I was out of the studio longer than anticipated after cataract surgery. Photographer Tom Nelson shot the overhead […]

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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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Always Be Playing: Try Different Approaches with the Nearly Same Media

It is important to experiment using different media together to come up with a look that suits the subject and mood of your sketch. If you don’t push yourself to try different media in different combinations you’ll never find what you like the look of; and what you most enjoy using. In this post I’ve […]

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Creative Expectations, Creative Execution, Creative Learning: Lauren Lim’s Instant Photo Documentary

In “Instant: A Short Documentary” Lauren Lim sets out to photograph people on the street, and give them the resultant photo.   In the process she learns about her own expectations, her own discomfort, and more about what photography means to her and the people she meets. My blog is full of posts on creativity and […]

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What’s Coming Up on Roz’s Subscription Blog in February?

  In December 2019 I started a subscription blog on Patreon: Roz Interim. You can use that link to read about the different subscription levels.  In February I’ll be sketching, painting, and talking about the portrait you see in this post. There will be a bonus portrait sketch painting because my subscribers in January asked […]

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Drawing in the Dark

Towards the end of last year Dick and I drove out one snowy night on an errand. We stopped at a gas station to fill up the tank. I took those few moments to quickly sketch the intersection before me. I did not have an interior car light. We were at a side pump that […]

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What Are You Waiting for? Go Ahead Paint on Note Paper

    “What Are You Waiting for? Go Ahead Paint on Note Paper” pretty much says it all. Here’s a spread from one of my green lined journals. You can find non-art journals in any bookstore on earth—typically with botanical sketches or pink covers that will appeal to 16 year old girls. (Well actually to […]

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Don’t Stop, Keep Going

  I think one of the biggest mistakes an artist keeping a visual journal or sketchbook can make is to stop when he gets frustrated. That’s when you kick it up a notch, hunker down, repeat, repeat, repeat.  Keep searching for that line, or that likeness, whatever it maybe. If you give up too quickly […]

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