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The Piecemeal Portrait Tutorial That Wasn’t

To keep myself drawing while I’m working out what my post-cataract eyesight will be I’ve been videotaping my sketching sessions. I find that the resultant videos allow me to look again at my process and ask myself questions about the progress I’m making with my eyesight.  It also takes the focus off of whether or […]

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Sketching at the New Bell Museum

    I have to be honest, even if I had not had the year I’ve had (which has kept me rather immobile) I wouldn’t have gone to the new Bell Museum much this year. I’ve been spoiled my entire adult life to live a 10 minute walk from the OLD Bell Museum on the […]

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In Context—Getting Down Some Thoughts

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Pentel Pocket Brush Pen—New Ink Colors

Finally, at last, we’ve all wanted it for so long and now we get it—the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen can now be purchased with gray or sepia ink as well as black ink! These are Pentel’s hard-bodied pens, the fountain-pen type pen with a synthetic brush tip. (Some readers seem to be confused about which […]

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What’s Roz Up To?

This week I’m going to have a colonoscopy. I know there have been big advances and the “protocol” has been reduced, so what’s the big deal? I’m not that lucky. I have to have several days of fasting. (There are over 12 pages of instructions.) This makes me very grumpy.  Instead of trying to write […]

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In Context: More Travel Prep

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Roz Wound Up Is Ten Years Old

Today I’ve been blogging for 10 years. October 9, 2008 I put my first Roz Wound Up post, You can read my first post at this link. I started with a product review and I’ve been reviewing products (99.9 percent of which I purchase; but I’ll always disclose if something has been sent to me) ever […]

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Have Fun By Working on a Different Surface

Sometimes it’s fun to work on a toned surface, whether you create that tone (or texture) yourself by preprinting the surface, or your work on a surface that comes toned. Typically I’ll work on toned paper but I had some chipboard in the studio for another project and grabbed a piece to sketch on the […]

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Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 3 Patterns

This is Part Three of a five-part series on simple approaches to backgrounds in the visual journal and paintings. See Part One here. Today I wanted to look at pattern—it’s something that you can use to quickly fill up the background space around a subject. I’ve written about some of my favorite approaches numerous times […]

Pentel Brush Pen and gouache sketch on a pre-painting background. (Hand•Book Watercolor Journal.)

Textures 2018 Class Registration Closes February 3: Why Use Textures?

I am offering my “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media” online again this year. The 2018 class begins on February 3. There are 6 weeks of lessons in which students work through the process of creating backgrounds for their artwork. I share my favorite materials and approaches and provide detailed information on on […]

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