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Working in a Grid

Last fall I started doing a series of talks and posts for my Patreon subscribers about working with grids. There are tons of reasons you might want to do this but the main reason is to keep your momentum going when you find you don’t have a lot of time to make art.  Even if […]

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Trying Out Some New Watercolor Brushes

What better time to test different types of watercolor brushes then when you are filling up the final pages of a journal made with great gelatin-sized paper!? That’s what I’m up to as the year moves to a close and I have 16 page spreads left in a hand-bound journal. Studio unpacking has progressed to […]

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In Search of a Pen, One Finds…

After sketching for a couple hours with a dried out pen I came into the packed up studio to find a new pen. I picked up a Sakura Professional Brush Pen FB and started to scribble a couple lines on a piece of newsprint that was sitting on the cutting table.  The pen felt great […]

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In Context: Anywhere But Here…

Typically when I process my images into bloggable sizes I put them in a folder titled to hint at what I want to discuss in a post containing those images. These folders go into my “possible blog posts” folder which currently has 663 folders. EEEK I’d better get writing. Well today’s image was in a […]

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For the Love of Negative Space

I hear all sorts of things from my journaling students. “How much negative space should I leave on my journal spread?” “How much space should surround my focal point?” “How much text and how much more illustration should I put on my page spread?” “How should I arrange these 5 things on my page spread […]

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In Context: Don’t Tease the Cook

Sometime before the Pandemic I read a New Yorker article about Steve Sando and Rancho Gordo (his bean business). I’m not a vegetarian—though I did try for about 8 months one year in my young adulthood and I was so anemic from other health factors that I had to give it up and get back […]

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Try, Try Again

I watch the British Police drama “Vera.” (In the US you can see it on PBS, but awhile back I started watching it on Britbox and think the episodes come in a bit earlier.)  I watch it because I’m totally in love with Brenda Blethyn. She’s so amazing. But as I’ve already discussed on my […]

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A Colorful Portrait: I Love Lavender!

Here’s a portrait from 2021 that I haven’t posted. I can’t remember what the blog topic I wanted to address with it was. I look at it now and totally fall in love with the hair and the beard again. I love how it seems to be moving up and around of its own accord. […]

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A Hat, a Beard, Some Watercolor on Drawing Paper

Today’s image isn’t from the hat series, and me sketching men with beards isn’t really a series it’s just me sketching…And of course I often work on drawing paper when I’m painting…so this is simply me sketching and having a lot of fun on the paper in the Canson 180 sketchbook. I can’t wait until […]

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More Found Journal Pages…

Here’s a page spread of contour drawings from my “cataract surgery year” I just found. Both surgeries were past and we knew I’d be living permanently with the flare, glare, and double vision. But I still wanted to get my daily drawing in. And I believe I wanted to say something about using different pen […]

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