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A Little Hiatus While Some Technical Issues and Deadlines Are Addressed

I have some great posts in the draft stage, including a review of the journal today’s image was created in, and of course the Stonehenge Aqua paper review. However, I’m stretched very thinly right now as I balance teaching the Drawing Practice class with resolving some long standing technical issues about my website. Because of […]

Phyllis at the beginning of 2018. Days away from being 97.

Reflections on a Big-Hearted and Generous Life

My mother-in-law Phyllis Stone, passed away on January 16, 2018. She had just celebrated her 97th birthday on January 5. On January 10 she caught the flu. She was hospitalized a couple days later with flu, pneumonia, and additional issues. She died peacefully on January 16 with Dick and me holding her hands.  She was […]

Sakura Fiber Tipped Brush Pen sketch with watercolor washes, on Fabriano Artistico, 140 lb., Hot Press  watercolor paper.

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Family, Memory Loss, Design, and Fall Cycling

Above: Quick sketch of Phyllis sitting, Sensei Pen and Montana Acrylic Marker on Arches Text Wove (Velin) in a 7 x 5 inch handmade book. (Look over on the left and head and tail of the book so you can see the fun decorative paper I made with gold sparkles.) It has been a long […]

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Phyllis Fights Perfectionism and Doesn’t Even Break a Sweat

Above: A sketch of Phyl while she colors—she likes to hold the book in her lap, not on her desk. Pen and watercolor in the Moleskine Sketchbook I was recently testing. The sketch is from May, but today's post is about something that happened Wednesday while she was sketching… I sat opposite Phyl. She held […]

Testing a New Commercially Bound Journal While Out With the Folks

Above: Busy day with the folks. There are sketches and notes on the page from the visit to CR's eye doctor, but later in the day I sat and colored with Phyl—well she colored in her coloring book and I sketched. For some reason I started on the same spread, but that meant the coffee machine […]

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Just Checking in on this Long Weekend—Keep Sketching

Left: Sketch of Dick while he was sitting on the couch. 9 x 12 inch sheet of Fluid (block) 140 lb. Hot Press watercolor paper which loves the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (but doesn't do well with washes), and Montana Marker for color. If you’re reading this in the US I hope you’re having a happy […]

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A Lot of Attitude Going on There

Above: From a TINY journal I made with paper I was testing (Rives lightweight—too light for much of anything really, but it is fun to sketch on it in pen). I think the pages are about 4 inches square. (It’s across the room so I’m not going to go measure it right now. The notes […]

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Fragmentation—The Past Few Weeks in Elder Care, Illness, and Video Streaming

Above: CR napping on top of his bedcovers while he waits for the health team to come to a progress meeting—his progress. He is wasting away in his clothing. When he first got onto the bed he pulled his pant's waistband out and up and said, "Well there's one good thing about all this, I've […]

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Elder Care: The Hardest Job I Have Ever Had—And a Book Recommendation

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