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Uniball Vision pen with green-black ink sketch and watercolor, paint pens, and acrylic marker on Stonehenge Aqua hot press watercolor paper.

Mixed Media—Working Loose When Your Ink Runs

It can easily happen to anyone at any time—you do a really cool ink sketch, get the watercolors (or other water-based medium) out, start to paint, and watch as the ink color dissolves from the line and spreads into your paint. This bothers a lot of my students. I’ve even heard them gasp, cry out, […]

Pen and watercolor sketch on Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press 140 lb. Watercolor paper (review of the paper coming in February).

Protected: In-Context: Just Go With It—Follow Your Nose

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Protected: Sometimes Technology Is Fun: The Last Half of 2017 on Sktchy

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The first sketch I made on World Beard Day. I got a bit of a late start. I started large—this is about 12 x 18 inches, Pentel Brush pen and watercolor, with an acrylic marker background. For all my portraits I was using muses in the Sktchy App. So many great bearded men who post photos of themselves for us to sketch!

Protected: No Shave November

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Making A Color Chart To Test My 2017 Fall Watercolor Box

Recently I purchased the new fall Schmincke Pan Watercolor Set at Wet Paint. This contains different colors than the one I purchased in the spring, added colors to, and then took to the Minnesota State Fair. While recovering from bronchitis I had some time on my hands so I decided to make a color chart […]

Sketching with the Platinum Carbon Black fountain pen (containing that ink) in an 8 x 10 inch journal. While coughing…

Protected: In Context—Working in a Series While Coughing

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The original sketch which is a light quick pencil sketch, ink sketching added, watercolor, and acrylic marker. It's about 8 x 8 inches square on new Folio paper. (Remember I differentiate between the old style Folio and newer incarnation of that paper.)

Protected: Using Photoshop to Quickly Change Background Colors in a Scan

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During an office visit I was able to quickly sketch this glorious white beard with a pen and watercolor. (8 x 8 inches)

Protected: World Beard Day—September 2, 2017

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Testing gouache and water-soluble Pentel Brush Pen in the Handbook Watercolor Journal (approximately 8 inches square). Some stenciling is also used. I put color in the background because orange paint had seeped through from another spread and I thought orange everywhere drew the eye away from the seepage. Carl assured me all eyes would be on him so it wasn't necessary. He's been a little more full of himself since he returned.

Protected: Carl Has Come Home

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Carl Too and I have been hanging out. Gert is a little fragile these days for modeling, and I needed a model I could rely on as "comfort level."

Protected: Hanging Out with Carl Too

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