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Flexible Intent: Sketching at the State Fair


Above: Second journal card from my first visit to the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. The card is 9 x 7 inches and is 300 lb. hot press Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper. I used Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils dry. I started sketching the top left drawing of a goat pilfering food from the next pen and then noticed the lovely goat two pens down. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

I've written before in my "Journal Superstitions" series about using the whole page (or in this case card) and not worrying about being perfect. I've also written about composition. I find that sketching animals provides immediate reminders of the need to keep moving and to simply get something down on paper. I wanted to post this card to encourage you to really push at the Fair, and keep sketching whatever is in front of your eyes that appeals to you. Don't worry about composition, just get something down on the page.


Minnesota State Fair Prep—#11: Paper Selection


Above: 9 x 7 inch trial journal card made of 300 lb. Fabriano Artistico Extra White hot press watercolor paper. Wild Turkey sketch using Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

It’s time to make decisions—get paper and other media ready for sketching at the Minnesota State Fair. Yes I've been writing about this since August 12, but I still have some decisions of my own to make.

At the end of last week I was still thinking about what paper I wanted to work on. Since I had already purchased several sheets of 300 lb. hot press Fabriano Artistico I was hoping I liked it as much for the Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils I had decided to use, as I do for ink sketches (which I typically do at the Fair).

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