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Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 3 Patterns

This is Part Three of a five-part series on simple approaches to backgrounds in the visual journal and paintings. See Part One here. Today I wanted to look at pattern—it’s something that you can use to quickly fill up the background space around a subject. I’ve written about some of my favorite approaches numerous times […]

Staedtler Pigment Liner on a 3M Post-it Note™, collaged with painted paper, and expanded. A Piecemeal portrait.

In Context: A Piecemeal Portrait of a Dog

Sometimes when I don’t like the paper in a journal I’m working in (here a Zeta Smooth, heavyweight journal from Stillman & Birn) I will sketch on Post-it Notes™ Sometimes I save those bits of paper and make a piecemeal portrait. (See the category list for additional piecemeal portraits.) See my four part review on […]

Working on a toned background.

In Context—Just Draw

In the “In-Context Series” I promised I wouldn’t write a whole lot of text. Just let the page spread stand for itself, but sometimes I feel the need to say a little more, and include a detail image. This type of spread is what you often see in my journals: a prepainted page with a […]

In Context—Grumpy Roz

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“Over the Sofa” Show Opens on Thursday, July 14 at the Edina Art Center

Left: One of my sofa-themed 5 x 7 inch gouache paintings—with collage. Gouache on Stonehenge (gray). Click on the image to view an enlargement and see the lovely gold flecks in the collaged pillow shape.  Thursday, July 14 at the Edina Art Center “Over the Sofa” opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. […]

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Grabbing What’s at Hand When Sketching and Pushing a Drawing To See Where it Might Lead You

Left: Pentel brush pen and purple Zig marker on an 8.5 x 11 inch (approx.) sheet of Wave drawing paper. I have been clearing out some files and thought I'd put up three sketches made in the past few months, from June to the present, showing the fun I've been having with the various Pentel […]

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More Sketching From Imagination

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Collage, Ephemera, and Thoughts on Using Acrylic Media—Part of the Hiatus

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More Piecemeal Paintings and Some Thoughts on How You Can’t Get Away From Some of Your Habits

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A Self-Portrait of Sorts

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