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Nostalgie Is A Fun Paper

    I think the sketch pretty much shows how much fun I was having on this paper so I’m not going to write more except to say you can use the category list or search engine on this blog to find more Nostalgie pages. The paper is smooth, heavyweight, and a delight for all […]

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Protected: Do You Stop Or Keep Pushing?

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Sketching in Public: Looking for Negative Space

Above: Quick sketch in my current journal. Read more about it below. You can see the most amazing things when you’re out and about. When I go to a local diner (Cecil’s—French Toast Turkey Club…just saying), I typically sit and sketch until the meal arrives. There’s a great cross section of the population. Cecil’s is […]

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Working Large on Smaller Pages, and That Amazing Nineteenth Century Hair

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Yet Another Gutenberg Paper Page

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Notan-beauty in Daily Life

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Left: Portrait of Emma, cut paper, ©1998. Using a sketch of my Alaskan Malamute bitch Emma I cut out pieces of Canson Mi Tientes paper in 3 values to construct her portrait.

Getting up from the computer yesterday after writing about notan, I started walking around the studio and house doing a variety of tasks. Suddenly it struck me there were prominent examples of notan everywhere I looked. This was because I had images I’d made of my two Alaskan Malamute bitches everywhere I looked. Most people who know me are familiar with my Daily Dots project (for what was to be the last five years of Dottie’s life I drew her daily). But before Dottie (and together with her for awhile) her Aunt Emma was the graphical beast in the house. While I never drew Emma daily she was a frequent subject of illustration.

I joke with my drawing students that if they want to have a dog for a life model a black and white Malamute is their best choice. Looking around at the art on my walls I realized that my statement is much more complex than I even intended. Beyond the ease with which one can locate points of reference on a stately and somewhat symmetrically marked Malamute there is the issue of notan-beauty. They embody it.

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