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More Changes for CR

It has been a long weekend of change. Friday we got a call from the care facility that CR would need to move into the memory ward. We had expected this day would come, but it still seems like it happened very fast.  His short term memory disappeared a couple years ago. Both Dick and […]

Sakura Fiber Tipped Brush Pen sketch with watercolor washes, on Fabriano Artistico, 140 lb., Hot Press  watercolor paper.

If You Can’t Go Tight Go Loose

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Graphite and watercolor sketch of a young man on Sktchy. (His hair really was that color.) 8 x 10 inch sheet of cold press Fluid 100 watercolor paper. I've been working for the past several months doing more pencil and watercolor sketches and less pen and ink. I'm really liking the Fluid 100 paper which is 100 percent cotton, especially the cold press for this type of work because of the texture it gives to the washes.

The One Time Dementia Is an OK Thing

So I’ve been working too much lately. Personal projects, work, teaching, and eldercare. I ran out of blog posts that were written ahead when I was ill in January, so I haven’t even had a moment to write a blog post. This weekend, after a brutal week, I organized everything so that I could go […]

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More Life Drawing in the Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook

Phyllis sitting at her desk, but holding her coloring book in her lap, and coloring with her Tombow dual tipped markers. (She gives those markers a two-thumbs up for was of coloring and quick application of color.) Staedtler Pigment Liner and washes of Pentel ColorBrush Black ink. I didn’t remember to include the above image […]

Phyllis sitting at her desk, but holding her coloring book in her lap, and coloring with her Tombow dual tipped markers. (She gives those markers a two-thumbs up for was of coloring and quick application of color.) Staedtler Pigment Liner and washes of Pentel ColorBrush Black ink.

A Little Drawing From Life in the Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook

I didn’t remember to include the image at the left of my mother-in-law Phyllis in the last post on Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbooks. It’s one of the last sketches in my very small landscape journal that I was carrying around in my pack. (Now I have a small portrait one.) I was working with a Staedtler […]

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Family, Memory Loss, Design, and Fall Cycling

Above: Quick sketch of Phyllis sitting, Sensei Pen and Montana Acrylic Marker on Arches Text Wove (Velin) in a 7 x 5 inch handmade book. (Look over on the left and head and tail of the book so you can see the fun decorative paper I made with gold sparkles.) It has been a long […]

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Some Ideas Get Lodged in Your Head: Working in Series—and On Being Dangerous

Above: A a warm-up page spread from a smallish, 5 x 7 inch journal I made with Arches Text Wove (Velin). I've been carrying this journal around because it is small and doesn't add to the bulk of what I usually have to carry. This week I'm sharing some pages from my journals that show a […]

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Some Things Are Uncanny

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen Sketch of Dick lying in bed. (Some text obscured for privacy.) Handmade 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch square Nideggen journal. Click on the image to view an enlargement, and read more about it below. I haven’t been able to get out to the zoo lately to sketch. That means […]

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Dove Chocolate Days and What I Think of Cheery Messages on Labels; Oh, and Another View of Richard

Left: Bienfang Watercolor brush (magenta; also red on the collar), Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Montana Acrylic Markers in various colors. (There's that lilac I mixed and love so much.) Dick watching TV while I sketched him on a page in a 9 x 12 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media wirebound journal. "It's a '10-pieces-of-Dove-Day," I […]

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Elder Care: The Hardest Job I Have Ever Had—And a Book Recommendation

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