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When Is the Best Part of Your Life Going to Begin?

Iconoclasts TV series—when is the best part of your life about to begin?


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 […]


Messing around with Watersoluble Colored Pencil (and No Water!)


Above: Sketch of a Hudsonian Godwit, made while viewing a taxidermy specimen at the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus. Burnt Umber Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Aquarelle Colored Pencil (dry, i.e., not dissolved with water), in a 5.5 x 6 inch journal I made with Lana Aquarelle 140 lb. Hot Press Watercolor Paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

I've been fussing around with the new little journal which has Lana Aquarelle 140 lb. Hot Press watercolor paper in it. I am remembering daily what I don't like about this paper (see comments from yesterday's post about a cityscape on this paper). I am also remembering that I do like to work on watercolor paper. (I love the smell of the sizing—on most watercolor papers; I love the way I don't have to work hard with the washes.)

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