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Pentel Brush Pen and gouache sketch of a doodle I'd made earlier in the evening, 5 x 5.5 inches.

Maybe a New Project? Maybe…?

Recently I’ve been talking with friends. Things happen in life. We need to talk things over. If we are very lucky our friends give us warm, compassionate, heartfelt, and world-wise wisdom while we chat. I think it is important that we listen to that advice. Listen both as a person and as an artist. Sometimes […]

A magenta Prismacolor pencil and black, Roasted French Ochre watercolor and white gouache sketch on Speckletone cardstock 6.25 x 9.25 inches (remnants from making greeting cards).

I Didn’t Know It But I Was Starting A New Series

Often the idea for a new series comes to us by accident. We’re working (that’s when the muse can best find us) and things we’re working with combine in new ways, jog a memory, present a challenge, and bingo a new series pops into our minds. That’s what happened at the end of March this […]

The initial stages of my sketch. After putting in a bit of lime green, I added the background with an acrylic marker.

Learning about Yourself while Messing Around with Mixed Media

The other day I wanted to get some sketching done but it was late. I found a cute puppy photo on the Sktchy app and picked up a red China pencil/marker to do a quick sketch. Then I grabbed a green color pencil—lime green. I started filling in some areas with it. I didn’t have […]

Use What You Have Out

I have a lot of students who tell me they don’t have time to sketch. They tell me they have to make a space to work or they have to get supplies out. They tell me that they don’t have time to make background textures. They also admit that they are doing about 15 other […]

Get Something Down on Paper, Even if You Think You’re Too Close to Your Subject

This post was originally published on January 30, 2017 during my site transition. Above: A page spread from my 8 x 9.25 inch Shinola Sketchbook. It has 112 pages of 100 lb. (148 gsm) acid free paper. I purchased it for $28 at Wet Paint in St. Paul. I’ve written about these whenever I post from it, […]

Someone Really Wants to Take Gouache to the Fair

Left: The scan of my second chicken test on the Canson Plein Air Watercolor Board (cold press). This is 9 x 12 inches and done with a Uni Posca Marker, the Pentel Pigment Brush Pen with the squeezy barrel, a Montana Acrylic Marker, and Daniel Smith Watercolors applied with a Niji water brush. Completed under […]

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Daily Practice for the Mind and the Body: Staying in the Game

Above: Aviary residents sketched with a hard solid felt tipped brush point “calligraphy” pen from Tomboy. I stopped on this day between visit with Phyl and CR, to take a mental break and refresh myself, and simply move the pen across the paper (Seawhite journal) and see how amenable the tip is to the quick […]

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Getting Something Down On Paper (And Another Eyebrow Update)

Left: Quick Platinum Carbon Felt-Tipped Brush Pen Sketch of Dick in the TV Room, using up leftover gouache—I really needed to put out more blue to keep my mixes consistent, but I wanted to keep going. Shinola Sketchbook 8 x 9.5 inches turned vertically so the spread becomes 16 inches tall. I'm playing with scale […]

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A Quick Sketch To Work On Simplifying

Above: A quick pen and watercolor sketch in the Moleskine with new whiter paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement and read below for more details. Towards the end of the tester Moleskine that I was filling in May I experimented with the scale and size of things I sketched. I also did […]

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Project Friday: Pushing, Because It’s Already “Broken”

Above: Sketch of Dick that I pushed and will describe below. It’s in a 7.5 x 7.5 inch hand bound book I made with Nideggen paper. (It has a love tan color and a wave laid pattern, as well as lovely flecks of fiber.)  I was working with my Platinum Carbon Black fiber-tipped pen, Schmincke […]

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