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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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A Knit Cap in Watercolor

Today’s image is not part of my “Hat” series, but this knit cap is just one of the many hats I find myself drawing all the time. (The journal is in storage but I believe this is from a reference photo Jon Coxwell put on the Museum App by Sktchy.) I was working on a […]

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My Favorites Are Not Your Favorites; It’s a Good Thing

It always momentarily amazes me which paintings I post on Instagram get the most likes. Paintings I absolutely love usually gain low scores. Dogs and chickens are popular. I understand that. I offer this comment here for past students who may wonder why people are not falling in love with the painting they just posted […]

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Bringing Some Files Up-to-date

I’ve been attempting to reorganize past sketching files and blog post ideas. Images pop up in the search and I think I might have already posted about them. Instead I discover that I’ve only posted a cropped portion on Instagram. I haven’t posted the full image or written about it. And it was in my […]

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Jack Unruh Retrospective Show

I don’t draw attention to many upcoming shows, typically I just go to a show and then maybe write about it—like when I go to a show at Mia. But Jack Unruh is one of my all time favorite artists. His use of pen and watercolor is stunning and quirky at the same time. He […]

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In Context: Look and Look Again

Just a peek into one of my journals as I watch a baking show and sketch.  I have the sketches numbered as to order. The first gets at some of the bland but noticeable details, but no likeness. The second goes a bit past likeness and captures something a bit more fun. Giving yourself immediate […]

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Happy Halloween

You can click on the image and read the caption to know what’s going on. I still am impressed with this judge that she put all this make-up on. Even though I find clowns very scary (what with Bozo and John Wayne Gacy and…) sometimes you’re just compelled to draw something. Pre-Halloween, as I mentioned […]

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Sometimes Leftover Paint Colors Give You Zombies

New readers to the blog might not realize at first that a lot of what I post is a sort of cautionary tale. I’m trying to get across that sketching and painting needs to be fun, if you’re going to continue. And by showing you some of the missteps I make I hope to help […]

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The Simplest of Reasons

Sometimes the only reason I do sketch-related actions is because—the paint was already out, I’d run out of time, I wanted to see what would happen, I was following my nose, I wanted to push something, I just wanted to get to some sort of “finish” and go to bed. There are a million reasons […]

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