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In Context: The Last Selfie With My Original Eyes

I found it interesting when sketching this self portrait earlier this January that I wasn’t concerned about seeing color at all. That seems to be what everyone goes on about when they find out you’re going to have cataract surgery. I’ve been very happy with the way I see color, and the cataracts are new, […]

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Saying Good-bye To The Bell Museum

Above: Pen and watercolor sketch at the Bell Museum on 9 x 12 inch white Stonehenge paper. And yes Stonehenge is not a watercolor paper, but sometimes you just want to paint on what you want to paint on. Sunday was the Urban Sketchers Twin Cities sketch out at the Bell Museum. I added the […]

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Exquisite Corpse with Wet Paint

Above: An 18 x 30 inch acrylic painting I made on Stonehenge white. I began with a series of sketches and thumbnails. I blew elements up and composed them into place. I then drew my sketch with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and painted with Daniel Smith Acrylics, using large filberts—about 1- and 2-inches wide.  At […]

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Project Friday: Just Get Something Down on Paper

Above: Selfie made with bold Uni Posca pen (orange, the tip is about 1/4 inch wide) and a Sakura Pigment Medium Brush Pen (solid tip). The drawing is in a 9 x 12 inch Dylusions journal—which I cannot recommend for structural reasons specific to how I work. I'm sorry, but when I've worked in it […]

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A Different Angle on Myself

Today a selfie of a different sort. I was putting my shoes on and waiting for Dick to drive me to my massage therapy appointment and I was sitting on a “kids’ stool” left from Dick’s grandma, that sits in the kitchen. I thought it would be fun to sketch my feet. (In the 1990s […]

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Selfie with a Sepia Pen

Left: Selfie using a Sepia Pentel ColorBrush on Wave Paper (11.75 x 16 inches). (Yes those are rips in the neck of my sweatshirt—all I can say is I love cotton clothing and I wear it and wash it and wear it…until it falls off either me or the drying rack.) I had a lot of […]

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Kuretake Brush Pen PK3-10S

Above: Another late night selfie in the Flex Book Sketch (I haven't finished the review, but hope to next week). I was testing the marks I could get with the Kuretake PK3-10S brush Pen. Click on the image to view the enlargement and read my notes about the pen. I wasn't particularly happy with the […]

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A January Selfie

Left: I ended up doing a bunch of large (12 x 16.5 inches) self portraits with brush pen in January. Usually long after I really should have been in bed. Dick thinks I look too tired, but he'd already gone to bed so he doesn't actually know does he? Wave paper from Kunst and Papier, and […]

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A Quick First Look at a Kilimanjaro Journal

Above: 9 x 12 inch page from a wire-bound Kilimanjaro sketchbook (Cheap Joe’s). I created an acrylic texture on the page by taping off an area. Then I sketched a selfie using a Pentel Brush Pen (pigment ink). The orange background color was added after sketching, as was the blue on the hair band. The […]

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Birthday Epiphanies All Around

I think I'll let the journaling on the birthday selfie say it all. (You can click on the image to view an enlargement. And Yes, I drew in my tri-focal lines.)  This sketch is on an 11 x 15 inch sheet of Wave paper which is cheap drawing paper that's almost as absorbent as Kleenex®. […]

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