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In Context: Things that Filter Through

Not a mistake, the page spread is the post for today. Click on the image and it will enlarge for easy reading. 

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In Context: Sketching and Listening

As you sketch, you listen, to something entirely different from what you’re sketching. Sometimes John Oliver makes a comment you just have to note down. It’s all a snapshot of a moment in time. 

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In Context: An Interest in Gadgets

The text on this page sums up the topic for today.

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In Context: Sketching to Work Something Out

The other day I sketched this white Chihuahua.  I went in too dar with the ink to start, and at one point before much was down, I made a small circle at the top right to start again, but then I thought, “Just look at the hair.” And I went back to the main sketch […]

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In Context: Beyond Likeness

I make a lot of notes about the blog posts I want to write. A couple days ago I drew this cat. One of my notes was sitting there on my desk.  Together they seem to say succinctly what I wanted to say about “why draw?” and the search for likeness in portraits. I’ll stop […]

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In Context: Regrets?

  I certainly don’t regret using one of the last pages of a defunct and beloved watercolor paper to sketch only in ink…but you can click on the image and see in context what I do regret.

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In Context: I Love a Bit of Marigold

In a scribbly mood. But it wasn’t enough, I still had to move some paint around. Uni Posca Markers scribbled down, black brush pen on top, and marigold gouache (Holbein, because I like to use it for backgrounds). Handbook 140 lb watercolor paper, in the 5 x 8 inch (or so—it isn’t in front of […]

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In Context: Where Are You Steering?

The page text is today’s text. But if you need a hint: Think—intention.

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In Context: Ambivalent About Doodles

This page spread might address my thoughts on doodles? In light of things to come I thought it was prescient. Keeping a journal is like that. You know you’re thinking about things before you think about them. The drawing on the verso page is NOT a doodle, it’s a quick sketch with a fine brush […]

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In Context: Dabbling in Doodles

In amongst the pages and pages of bold-lined brush pen sketches doodles are popping up. I don’t think I’m as worried about it as “Colin” is, but now that I look at this spread I wonder.

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