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How I Use Gesso: Some Approaches and Thoughts

Recently a subscriber on my Patreon site asked me about a gesso comment I made during a webinar. It seemed easier to answer the question with a video response. And once the video was finished I realized a lot of readers here would probably like this information as well. It’s something I’ve discussed in past […]

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Artists Who Cook

  I’m very excited to have my art and brownie recipe included in “A Collection of Art & Recipes from the Saint Paul Underground Artists League.” You can pre-order a book from Wet Paint at this link. I think it’s a fun collection that would be great for any art lover and cook. Something to […]

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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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White Pens for Journaling and Painting

Last fall I was involved in a little grid project (rather a series of projects I was sharing and am sharing with my Patreon subscribers) I ended up with a lot of little collage squares leftover. And some blue paper squares leftover. And, as is apt to happen when you have squares of color paper […]

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What I Did in the Pandemic: Pepper Sketches Of Course!

    I’ve been trying to get my digital files organized, and I came across this post from 2020 during the pandemic. I don’t know why I had this large landscape book, and Akademie Watercolor Journal from Hahnemühle.  This is their student line of paper. The book is nicely bound, the paper is OK, but […]

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The Hocoro Fude Dip Pen From Sailor

A student wrote to me a few weeks back about a recently released dip pen—the Hocoro Fude Dip Pen from Sailor. I have fude pens from Sailor already. I use Platinum Carbon Black ink in them. It’s a pigmented black ink that will not clog fountain pens. I have had great success with it in […]

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Review: “Look Again: A Memoir” by Elizabeth A. Trembley

Books do contain essential information—sometimes. And when I read a book that does contain essential information I go around telling everyone about it—urging them to read it. That’s how I feel about Elizabeth A. Trembley’s “Look Again: A Memoir.” It contains essential information about life, creativity, and balance. Everyone alive experiences trauma a some point […]

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A Cut Above—Wood Carving Competition Show

Spoiler alert, I’m going to write about who won “A Cut Above” season one. Don’t read if you want to watch a chainsaw-woodcarving composition and be surprised.     First I just have to say I love Adam Beach. He’s a great actor and now we know he’s a great TV show host too—who absolutely […]

A detail look at the portrait of Buster. Here you can see some of the broken-stroke dry brush which is top-layer paint over a dried underlayer.

Clearing Up Some Confusion About Gouache

After Monday’s post on the Stoneground Gouache Pans I want to clear up some confusion about gouache—a question I have received a lot over the years.   Question: I am writing to ask if you know of any gouache that doesn’t have acrylic paint in it? I’ve developed super sensitivities to chemical odors, can’t use […]

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A Look at Stoneground Gouache Pans

      Everyone who reads my blog knows that I love gouache. I have since childhood. So I was excited to see a new gouache, Stoneground Gouache, bring out a line of gouache in pans. Who doesn’t like the ease of having pans of paint when out and about? I’ve done a video product […]

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