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Mark Your Calendar: The 11th Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out

The 11th Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out Is Coming! Join us for two great, fun days of sketching: Saturday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds in  St. Paul, Minnesota. See this link on the Fair Website for driving instructions to the Fairgrounds, and a printable map of the Fairgrounds. (These […]

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In Context: Traveling

Wonder how much of a Paul Rudd fan I am? I keep this lip sync battle on my desktop. I recommend you blow it up full screen and watch it any time you’re tired, waiting on hold, pissed off at a client, stumped by InDesign’s bizarre (compared to Quark’s) tools and tricks, or just need […]

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 […]

The Day After Tomorrow

You all know what the day after tomorrow is right? RIGHT? It's opener. No not a fishing opener, or some sports opener. It's the best opener in the calendar of events. IT'S MINNESOTA STATE FAIR OPENER. Marty Harris has taken up the torch and is in charge of the EIGHTH GREAAT MINNESOTA STATE FAIR SKETCHOUT. (You […]

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My Cunning Plan To Be Ageless and My Function on Road Trips with Linda

Above: Me in my favorite Gortex jacket—the one I went through two of when tracking with the girls; which has a very nifty zip open back that allows for a fanny pack and keeps that pack dry. Photo ©2004 Linda Koutsky. I love this photo—the balance Linda achieved in the composition. She has such a lovely eye. […]

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Join Us for the Eighth Great Minnesota State Fair Sketchout

Above: The button for this year's sketchout. Artwork copyright 2016 by event organizer Marty Harris. Participants in the sketchout will receive a fabulous rectangular pin-backed button with Marty's great artwork. Wear it proudly at the Fair as you sketch, save it as a memento—along with the great sketches you put in your sketchbook!  It's time […]

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Get Ready for the 8th Great Minnesota State Fair Sketchout—2016

Above: A map showing the meeting place for the Sketchout meetings. This year there will be two days of fun. Saturday, August 27 AND  Monday, August 29 On both mornings at 9:30 a.m. There will be a meeting to give sketchers an opportunity to meet companions to share the Fair with. Coffee & mini donuts. At […]

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Getting Ready for the Minnesota State Fair—Always Have A Plan, But Be Flexible

Above: Something you won't see at this year's Minnesota State Fair, because of the bird flu epidemic. But it's fun to remember last year and fun with pigeons. Anyway, this is why we have to PLAN what we are going to sketch at the Fair. On Sunday evening's walk, I chatted on and on about […]

Friday Double Feature: What Is Paradise? Or As I Like To Say: Wherever You Go There You Are

Again, I've gone over the limit—instead of a double feature I'm recommending a triple feature (with even another add-on). I couldn't help myself. There are so many movies I could have included in my theme for today: What Is Paradise? Or As I Like To Say: Wherever You Go There You Are I could have […]

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Friends Who Really Get You—And Why We Need To Work To Keep Them

Above: Page spread from the smaller (8.5  x 11 inches or so) Japanese Lined Journal that I actually cased in. Pentel pigmented ColorBrush with fine tip and color with Montana Marker, 15 mm tip. Lately I've found myself liking the negative space so much that sometimes I can't bring myself to write anything. It's an […]

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