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Sketching at the Bell Museum: Projects, Process, Portraits

Today is Remembrance Day. Typically I write a post about Remembrance Day. For some reason, prepping to write this post during a very contentious election I found that it was almost too emotional to write about this topic. You can read a past post here with a movie recommendation that will focus your thoughts. You […]

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Sketching with Twin Cities Urban Sketchers in October 2016

Above: Working in my 8 x 8 inch Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook I sketched the top of one of the old Brewery buildings in Indanthrone blue watercolor pencil (Faber-Castell) which I left dry. I blocked out the sky with a light blue 15 mm Montana Marker. Last Saturday Twin Cities Urban Sketchers met at the […]

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How I’d Like To Paint All the Time

Left: 9 x 12 inch mixed media sketch of a rooster on 9 x 12 inch watercolor board (Canson). Sketch made with extra bold Uni Posca Pen (orange), then Sakura Pigma Fine Brush Pen (solid felt tip). Next painted with gouache, Montana Acrylic marker (background which was then painted over with darker blue gouache), white gouache, […]

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Looking Back at Prepping for the Minnesota State Fair

Above: Warm up contour sketches of live finches in an aviary setting. I used a Tombow Calligraphy pen (hard tip) for the sketching and an extra bold (chisel tipped) Uni Posca paint pen for the purple background. I outlined the bird on the recto page with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen after the purple was […]

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Tests within Tests: And a Bunch of Fair Sketches Up on the Minnesota Public Radio Site

Above: 9 x 12 inch Canson Watercolor Board cut in half to 6 x 9 inches. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Daniel Smith Watercolors, with Montana Acrylic Marker for background. Sketched from video. The 2016 Minnesota State Fair is over and I've come away with a lot of sketches—yes mostly birds, but even that has […]

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The Evolution of a Page—It’s Not Always about Design

Above: The last page spread of sketches for Day One of the Eighth Great Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. I'm working in a 7.75 x 9.75 inch soft-covered Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media journal. I used a Sakura Pigma solid felt-tipped brush pen in fine for most of the page, but it was running out […]

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One More Reminder about the Eighth Great Minnesota State Fair Sketchout

NOTE: IN CASE OF RAIN—We're still on. Maybe I haven't convinced you to attend the sketchout yet? Here's one more reminder. Saturday, August 27 and Monday, August 29 come and sketch at the Eighth Great Minnesota State Fair Sketchout. There are meetings BOTH DAYS at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to touch base with other sketchers, share work, […]

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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Which Paper Will I Use at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair? Don’t Know—But I Can Tell You How I’ve Been Narrowing It Down

Left: My first runner-up for Fair Journal paper was white Stonehenge. Here’s a test piece I made while sketching from the TV one afternoon. It’s glued down to a larger page in my experiments journal.  Which paper will I take to the 2016 Minnesota State Fair? I wish I knew. I have a vague notion. […]

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