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Online Class: “Drawing Practice” Registration Opens Today

Registration for “Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public” opens today. (Click on the link to read about it and register.) Pre-class information will be available to all registered students immediately upon registration so that you can begin to set your goals and organize your time. (See below for a link to the supply PDF […]

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Physical Therapy for Your Art Practice

I suggest to my Drawing Practice students that they do a six-week plan and goal setting session at the end of class; and that they repeat that every six weeks for the rest of their lives. Knowing what our goals are, and seeing how we executed our plans, helps us realign our strategy for going […]

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What Not To Take on a Sketching Trip?

Above: A peek inside Liz's car as she pulled out her art materials and decided what to take. I kept laughing as more and more media appeared from deep within her satchel. I kept urging her to consider carrying less because it all gets heavy after awhile when you are carrying it or standing sketching […]

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Stabilo Tone (AKA Woody) Zoo Tests

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Above: The Lesser Kudu at Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul, MN. Stabilo Tone (Woody) sketch on "The Great Canadian Sketchbook" paper, 9 x 12 inches. (There is some deliberate smudging around the face, he has a bit of a double chin thing going on.)Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Since Sunday of this week I have been posting about Stabilo Tones, a now defunct art product—giant, fat watersoluble wax crayon in a wooden pencil body—that I love, but which is now available in only 12 or so colors as "the Woody." (And those colors do not include the grays I was using to draw dogs with earlier in the week! None of my favorite colors, except a dark blue and a purple have survived in the slimmed down line).

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