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Minnesota State Fair Plans

I don’t know if the Minnesota State Fair 2020 has been cancelled. (It takes place the 12 days before Labor Day each year.) As I write this in advance of my posting date the clock on their site reads 101 days, 11 hours, and 11 minutes to Fair. But my personal Fair adventure this year […]

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Last Session of “Drawing Practice”—Registration Opens Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Registration for “Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public” opens May 6, 2020. (Click on the link to read about it and register.) Pre-class information will be available to all registered students immediately upon registration so that you can begin to set your goals and organize your time. (See below for a link to the […]

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Protected: Mark Your Calendar: The 11th Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out

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In Context: Looking at the Arteza Watercolor Book Part 6

      This isn’t strictly an “In Context” post. I don’t have things written on these pages and I’m going to show more than one spread. But I’m keeping it in context because these are all from the Arteza Watercolor Book and all these posts together constitute my review of that commercially bound sketchbook. […]

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Protected: Why I Paint Birds (Or How I Feel about Portraiture)

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Protected: In Context: Not the Time To Explain a Vignette

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Testing Papers for the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

Before I go to the Fair each year I test a bunch of papers to see which bound book (containing that paper) I want to take and work with, or which loose sheets I want to carry and work upon. On this sheet I also worked with a Niji Waterbrush. I knew that for some […]

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Protected: Don’t Forget The 10th Great Minnesota Sketch Together

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Protected: 10th Anniversary—The Great Minnesota State Fair Sketch Together

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My friend Terri Wentzka took this photo of me as I sketched a turkey at the Fair, using my portable "table." The entire table is attached to a monopod. The brush holder is in the top right corner of the table.

Making a Simple Brush Holder for Your Travel Brushes

This year at the Fair I wanted to use real brushes with water, not water brushes, when painting.  Since I stand when I sketch it meant I had to have a way to put all my supplies and journal on one work surface. Dick and I made up a prototype “travel table” using plastic corrugated […]

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