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Some Journal Play and An Update on the Wrap Up of My 2014 Fake Journal

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A Video Flip Through of My 2013 Fake Journal Is Finally Up

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2013 International Fake Journal Month Starts Today

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International Fake Journal Month Is Coming Up!

Kicking off 2010’s celebration of International Fake Journal Month (April 2010).


Mining Sketchbooks for Inspiration (Again)


Above: This is a cropped portion from a page spread I did during the recent SketchCrawl. The bottom right hand corner is the penguin sketch I'm interested in. It was the last penguin sketch of the day and the most successful, and I was sad that I'd run out of space on the spread, but the sketch was to have life in another way too. This sketch was made with a Staedtler Pigment Liner and Schmincke gouache, in a journal I made with Nideggen paper. Read about it below. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Regular visitors to the blog will remember that for SketchCrawl on the 11th I went with a group of sketchers to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. (If you would like to see all my pages from this SketchCrawl they are posted at Twin Cities Sketchers.) I focused on the animals, which is typical for me. The above image is a sketch I made while at the zoo. There was one very sick looking penguin and he was standing still, so I sketched him.

090411BPuffPen Left: the entire page spread can be viewed by clicking on this image. The journal is approximately 6.5 x 9 inches. The top half of the page spread was used for puffin sketches. I then moved on to look at the pengiuns and those sketches are on the bottom portion of the spread beneath the dashed line.

When I am out sketching at the zoo I'm not worried about trying to get a finished painting of an animal or bird, I'm just trying to notice things about whatever it is that I'm sketching. I believe that everything I notice will be useful to me later when I try to make paintings of any of the animals or birds. I didn't have any plans to do a painting of a penguin anytime soon, but that very day these sketches were useful to me when it came time to do the next entry for my International Fake Journal Month journal.


Celebrating Six Months of Daily Posts: An IFJM Contest

TShirtButton Left: T-shirts and a button will be awarded in the IFJM Contest. Read below for details. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Today marks the sixth month of more than daily posting on this blog. This is my 210th post.

I started my blog October 9, 2008. In past months, on the ninth of a month I've held various contests for my blog readers and today I have another one. 

Note: this will also be the official last day of DAILY posting. I will still be posting frequently to my blog, but the plan is to scale back to make more time for painting. I have a couple upcoming art shows and other projects; cycling will start soon in earnest for me, and of course, it’s never too early to start prepping for the social and art event of the year: the Minnesota State Fair.

I will keep you posted on these activities, will continue with my various series (Journal Superstitions, Adventures in Bookbinding, Profile Friday, etc.) and will in general keep in touch. Just not on a daily basis. If you’re new to my blog, check out the past posts for information you might have missed. You can also read posts from me on the Official international Fake Journal Blog, from now through April, and a little beyond. (I imagine posting there will dwindle after that until March of 2010, when I start gearing up for IFJM in April 2010.)

So, the contest, here’s how it works:


International Fake Journal Month

Left: Buster, as the poster dog for IFJM. This is button art I put together for the event. I had hoped to post eight 3-inch button variations at Cafe Press for people, who like me, enjoy t-shirts and buttons to announce events. Unfortunately it was not clear to me when I set up at Cafe […]

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