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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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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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In Context: Thoughts on Downsizing

Today you can click on the image and read what I was reading and someone else’s thoughts on downsizing. My downsizing is ongoing. Often when we are involved in something we find other people who are involved in the same pursuit. It doesn’t matter if it is eldercare, or downsizing, or painting a good watercolor […]

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Johnny Vegas—An Autobiography in Multiple Voices

Readers of RWU will know that sketches of Johnny Vegas make it into a post every now and then; and onto my instagram. I watch a lot of British TV. He’s on a lot of shows that I enjoy watching. I pick up a pen… Then the other day “the algorithm” threw out that Vegas […]

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Book List: Books on Drawing

Recently a reader wrote in and asked if I had a list of my favorite “good, basic, drawing instruction books or websites.” I thought I did have a list up of my favorite drawing books, but it seems I have a lot of single reviews. I decided to make a quick list here with my […]

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In Context: Downsizing My Book Collection

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What Has Happened to Hercule Poirot?

Actor John Malkovich takes on Hercule Poirot in “The ABC Murders” available on Amazon Prime. I recommend watching this version of Agatha Christie’s book by the same name not just to keep abreast of how the interpretation of Christie’s work continues to morph with each new “generation,” but also because it is simply fun to […]

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Studying Other Artists, Or Dealing with a Plateau in Artistic Development

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The Essence of Watercolour: A Book by Hazel Soan

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During Bill Mahr's political talk show I did additional experiments. I found that quickly getting down general lines for the hands allowed me to be more "judicious" about placement with my bolder lines and create a less fussier form.

Experimenting with Line Quality And Working Method

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