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Working in a Grid

Last fall I started doing a series of talks and posts for my Patreon subscribers about working with grids. There are tons of reasons you might want to do this but the main reason is to keep your momentum going when you find you don’t have a lot of time to make art.  Even if […]

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How Things Line Up

When you post on Instagram your images shuffle over and your whole grid of images, all the way back to your first post shuffle over. Rows change contents. I know there are folks who really plan the organization of their posts so that there is some type of cohesive whole going on. But since my […]

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Don’t Be Limited

    I couldn’t leave a week during which I discussed the use of space on a page, without including this portrait from the end of last year. I’m the queen of running off the page. Not planning sufficiently. This means in my haste I often miss the thing that engaged me most—the base of […]

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In Context: Bull’s Eye

 

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In Context: Thoughts from My Conversations

  Sometimes I write down whole conversations, sometimes I write snippets. They always remind me of things I’m considering. I’ve been back trying to salvage my scan archive. A little bit of memory lane.

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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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In Context: Showing Up

My page text is about showing up; click on the image to read it. It’s something I wrote independently from the sketch, but as so frequently happens in journaling, they relate to each other. But as artists we need to remember it’s our job to look at everything and find some thread of empathy and […]

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In Context: Don’t Drop a Book on Your Head!

The text on the page says it all. Have a happy, healthy New Year. And don’t drop a book on your head!

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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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My Overly Developed Sense of…

Dick and I discussed this recently—the dust has settled, Buddy has had a productive year since his return. He is hanging in there. But Dick and I both agree that the first words, I screamed were, “I’ve killed Buddy.” I don’t know why I didn’t write that on the day. I know most of the […]

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