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The Seven Masters Exhibit at the Mia

Above: Detail of Hashiguchi Goyō’s woodblock print, Rain at Yabakei, from 1918 as seen on the Mia's website. Click on the image or the website line to view an enlargement. So what is it that you see when you look at the above detail from Hashiguchi Goyō’s woodblock print, Rain at Yabakei, from 1918? It’s a […]

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Project Friday: Using What’s Left on Your Palette

Above: Sketch using a black Stabilo All (which is watersoluble) on Strathmore 500 series Mixed Media Paper (7.75 x 9.75 inches). Left over gouache and Montana acrylic markers were also used. Today’s Project Friday is the perfect follow up to last week’s Project Friday—experiments in making neutrals. Of course you have to do that project […]

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Project Friday: No Black Paint

Above: 6 x 6 inch page in a wirebound journal. Stonehenge gray paper. Rubberstamp ink (background) with gouache painting of a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. This is a page from my 2015 Fake Journal. I began with a very light pencil outline. It might even have been orange pencil. I mixed blacks using Dark Indigo […]

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Paper Testing for the Minnesota State Fair Journal

Above: About 6 x 6 inch square of white Stonehenge. I did a quick sketch using a Pentel Sign Brush Pen (about 4 mins.), of Dick. Then I ran away and got some Schmincke Pan watercolors. I only used the Indanthrone Blue (Dark Indigo, PB60) but there are areas of gray tones, that's the ink bleeding. […]

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Why I Embrace Messes on My Journal Pages

Above: While watching a TV show one night the excellent actress Jean Marsh was dying and sick in bed and it struck me as an interesting angle to work. I had already scribbled some yellow Montana acrylic marker on the page. I had a red watercolor brush pen I wanted to work with so I […]

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Commercially Made Journals—Hand•Book Journals: An Updated Review (Part 2)

  Above: My first page spread in my 8.25 x 10.5 inch Hand•Book journal. This past fall I used one of the 8.25 x 10.5 journals from Hand•Book. I hadn't used one in several years. I've always loved the fabric covered boards they use. When I saw they had introduced this new larger size I […]

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Another View of Richard Watching TV

Above: A 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia journal opens wide to 18 x 12 inches. Pentel Pocket brush pen and Schmincke pan watercolors. Background and some facial marks with Montana Markers. I'm still battling to see what to do with those eyebrows—to discover a visual vocabulary for them. And to deal with likeness. This […]

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Sketching Richard Again

Left: Another black ink brush pen sketch of Dick, with Schmincke Pan Watercolor washes added with a flat Niji waterbrush. Montana Acrylic marker for background. On a 9 x 12 inch page in my Fabriano Venezia in-studo journal. Click on the image to view an enlargment. R: What do you think? D: It looks like […]

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Zombies Are Easier to Deal with than Wasps

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How I “Doodle” AND Get Ready for the Minnesota State Fair

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