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Get Serious about Pen Health

OK you’ve read over and over on the blog that I love drawing with pens that are drying out. BUT… Someone has to get serious and march around the house and throw out all the really dried out pens. It’s time to start fresh. On the evening of this drawing if a fresh pen had […]

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Disagree with Yourself Now and Then

This is a quick sketch I made while watching “Dead Still.” (I’ve already written about how much I enjoyed the first season of this historical crime show centered around post-mortem photography). I wanted to put in values quickly and I used vertical lines. My note at the bottom of the page says I should have […]

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Since I Was on the Topic of Hair…

Hair, it’s one of the things that pulls me to draw a portrait. How does that person have his or her hair? I am particularly susceptible to Jane Austen dramatizations—so much wonderful 18th century or 19th century hair depending on how the film decides to go with fashion at the cusp of time. Or anything […]

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Ink or Paint, Either Way Thank Goodness for Hipsters

  I am so grateful to the younger generination, especially the hipsters who devote real energy to their facial hair. There is nothing more fun for me than sketching beards, and there are great beards out there now to sketch. This young man actually had Dundrearies! Named after a character in the 1858 British play […]

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From Last Year, A Trip To Urgent Care

You may see the thumbnail for the art in this post and think either Dick or I are ill. We are fine! This journal spread is from last year in November 2019. Dick had a weird infection in his elbow and so I went with him to Urgent Care.   The phlebotomist wasn’t really tracking. I […]

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In Context: A Zoom Meeting

On Monday I was able to sit in on a Zoom meeting with members of the Minnesota Visual Journaling Collective. I had some trouble with my Zoom set up and I couldn’t access my camera at first, and then I couldn’t make the grid view visible. That meant I had to wait until someone spoke […]

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Papers Buckling When Using Wet Media

Awhile back a student wrote to me about her problem with buckling papers in her journal. Buckling happens when wet media is used on papers. The moisture soaks into the fibers that make up the paper. The fibers swell, the buckling ensues. The artist may become grumpy. But that’s like being grumpy at clouds for […]

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Accessories for Today’s Virtual Minnesota State Fair Sketch-In

Today at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CDT I’ll be live streaming a sketching demo. It’s a Virtual State Fair Sketch-In because I won’t be at the Fairgrounds—the Minnesota State Fair was cancelled this year due to the Pandemic. I’m glad we are staying safe but I’m always at the Fair on this day in […]

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In Context: On The Work Table

What’s on my work table? Every so often I gather the stuff up and sort it. Some of it ends up in my journal. For the past two years we’ve had problems with our ductless a.c. units. This has meant I’ve had to move everything in the studio to one corner of the room every […]

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Registration Is Open For The Final Session Of “Textures: Backgrounds For Visual Journaling And Mixed Media”

Yesterday registration opened for my final online session of “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media.” If you’re new to my blog you might not know it but I enjoy pre-painting journal pages with a variety of media. I work ahead in my journals this way. Then when I turn to a pre-painted page […]

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