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In Context: Regrets?

  I certainly don’t regret using one of the last pages of a defunct and beloved watercolor paper to sketch only in ink…but you can click on the image and see in context what I do regret.

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End of Year Evaluations: Setting Goals and Projects

Something I talk to my students about a lot, whether it’s in a drawing class like “Drawing Practice” or now on my Patreon site is the importance of setting goals and projects that support those goals. It all begins with an honest evaluation of where your skills and your goals are right now. I was […]

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A Page From My Journal

12.24.23  Dick called when I was about to die. I didn’t pick up because the phone was in another room and while I usually can hear it ringing I didn’t. My mind had closed down to that unique focus of an instant of surprise. The realization “This is it.” Followed by “what can I do […]

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In Search of a Pen, One Finds…

After sketching for a couple hours with a dried out pen I came into the packed up studio to find a new pen. I picked up a Sakura Professional Brush Pen FB and started to scribble a couple lines on a piece of newsprint that was sitting on the cutting table.  The pen felt great […]

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Flood Debris Part 3—Rubber Stamp Masking

From the 1980s until November 2016 I gathered a rather large rubber stamp collection. I used the rubber stamps for mail art and as art tools in my journaling and art. While I gave most of the stamps (and storage boxes and index) to a young stamper in 2016 (in a move I realize now […]

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Boxes and Boxes of Books…

Today’s image is about old brush pens. The page says everything I want to say about that.  I’m distracted. What I’ve been doing is unpacking boxes of books. I am finding it takes a different muscle set. The constant bending, the twisting, the lifting always a little more than you really can handle. It has […]

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What I Did During The Pandemic: Episode One—The Perfect Brownie

UPDATE 10.25.23: I just heard from the Baker’s Edge Pan company that those pans are back in stock and on sale now. I am not financially connected to them at all, but I strongly urge you to buy one of these pans to enjoy the best brownies of your life. Here’s the link.  UPDATE 7.15.23: […]

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Snow Piles, We’ve Seen the Last of Them, for Now

Sometimes projects sneak up on us. Sometimes projects are simply the manifestation of a habit. Sometimes it’s fun to catch up on scanning your journal pages and seeing the massive amounts of snow you’ve just dealt with. (Actually I wasn’t doing much dealing with it—Dick was the one creating 7-foot tall snow piles on either […]

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In Context: Minimal Collage

This is one of those posts where the in context page says it all. Or does it? I could go on. And on. Let’s just say this was a bookbinding scrap of my handprinted paper. It showed up while I was clearing things away and boxing things for the downsizing. I love it. Lots of […]

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In Context—Use Every Moment to Sketch

In December there were a lot of appointments and a good deal of rushing about. And I’d decided to fill a Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Soft covered journal (7.75 x 9.75 inch) in about 10 days. Of course. So it was important to use every moment to sketch. You can read about this moment […]

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