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In Context: Bedtime Rituals

Sometimes, before I go to bed I like to sketch a dog. I miss having the girls around to sketch whenever I want to sketch. And I miss the fun it is to sketch a dog. So I find people on Sktchy who post photos of their dogs. And I sketch them before I go […]

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In Context: Attitudes

UPDATE 3.6.23 at 2:30 p.m. Email responses about this post make it clear to me my post was confusing. In the original post below I’m writing about the serendipity of journaling and its positive effects in our lives. I believe that we can choose how we react to things helped by the process of journaling. […]

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Why I Do What I Do: Still More on Watching TV…

Sometimes I watch TV just so I can sketch Ryan Stiles—because he makes me laugh and laugh, and laugh. (At the time of this post American episodes of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” can be seen on HBOMax.) And because, while he doesn’t have a beard, and his hair style has stayed basically the same […]

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Why I Do What I Do: Even More on Watching TV…

  Sometimes I watch TV because people forget to comb their hair… Or I need a really small portrait (this is about 3 inches tall) to fit a small frame, because everything else in my life is chaotic, but I can at least work on a(-nother) gallery wall. (Brush pen on a scrap of printmaking […]

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Why I Do What I Do: More on Watching TV…

Sometimes I watch TV just to sketch cowboys. They, like pirates and brigands, usually have interesting hair, beards, and they often make weird facial expressions. (Brush pen and watercolor on lined notebook paper.)

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In Context: Quotations

Reading is a way to have conversations when you’re alone in a room. You and the author, trying to decipher what the characters are …

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Tricks of Memory and Make-up

Sometimes we don’t remember things, and sometimes we remember them correctly. Drawing always makes me think about things like this. I was not misremembering, there were actually two actors who played “Dale the Whale” in the TV show “Monk.”

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Thoughts on Nose Rings

Dick claims that we talk more than most married couples. I don’t know about that, but I do know that our conversations are far-ranging. This past fall my lung situation was pretty bad. I didn’t have a lot of energy for multiple bouts of the downsizing packing, unpacking, sorting—as well as work and cooking. So […]

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Reading Notes–from Delano Ames

What strikes you as important? Memorable? When you hear or read something do you jot it down? I’m always making reading notes. They have absolutely (usually, as now) nothing to do with my sketches on the page. They were just part of the same day. I jot them down, and move on. I do find […]

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In Context: Found Photos of the Girls

  This is a page from a small Hahnemühle Toned paper journal. The photo “stickers” are about an inch wide. I found a stack of these stickers from 1990-91 while clearing out some stuff in the downsizing.  I put them in a couple journals I have going right now, and tossed the extras. I figure […]

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