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Chicken sketch in pen and watercolor on a 9 x 12 inch watercolor board, made in the Poulty Barn in 2016.

Protected: The Great Minnesota State Fair Sketch Together Is Almost Here!

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How I’d Like To Paint All the Time

Left: 9 x 12 inch mixed media sketch of a rooster on 9 x 12 inch watercolor board (Canson). Sketch made with extra bold Uni Posca Pen (orange), then Sakura Pigma Fine Brush Pen (solid felt tip). Next painted with gouache, Montana Acrylic marker (background which was then painted over with darker blue gouache), white gouache, […]

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Looking Back at Prepping for the Minnesota State Fair

Above: Warm up contour sketches of live finches in an aviary setting. I used a Tombow Calligraphy pen (hard tip) for the sketching and an extra bold (chisel tipped) Uni Posca paint pen for the purple background. I outlined the bird on the recto page with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen after the purple was […]

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Protected: Tests within Tests: And a Bunch of Fair Sketches Up on the Minnesota Public Radio Site

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Protected: One More Reminder about the Eighth Great Minnesota State Fair Sketchout

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Someone Really Wants to Take Gouache to the Fair

Left: The scan of my second chicken test on the Canson Plein Air Watercolor Board (cold press). This is 9 x 12 inches and done with a Uni Posca Marker, the Pentel Pigment Brush Pen with the squeezy barrel, a Montana Acrylic Marker, and Daniel Smith Watercolors applied with a Niji water brush. Completed under […]

Protected: The Day After Tomorrow

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Which Paper Will I Use at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair? Don’t Know—But I Can Tell You How I’ve Been Narrowing It Down

Left: My first runner-up for Fair Journal paper was white Stonehenge. Here’s a test piece I made while sketching from the TV one afternoon. It’s glued down to a larger page in my experiments journal.  Which paper will I take to the 2016 Minnesota State Fair? I wish I knew. I have a vague notion. […]

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New Boots and Getting Ready for the Minnesota State Fair

Above: A contour sketch and quick sketch of actor Raymond Burr in "Perry Mason." White acrylic marker was used on his ear on the right hand page and it transferred to his eye on the left page. Seawhite 8 x 8 inch journal. Platinum Carbon Black fiber-tipped brush pen. Orange Uni Posca at the left. […]

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Protected: Join Us for the Eighth Great Minnesota State Fair Sketchout

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