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Protected: Studying Other Artists, Or Dealing with a Plateau in Artistic Development

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Practice: Thinking about Ricky Jay

  Writer, historian, magician, performer, actor, Ricky Jay died on Saturday, November 24,  at the age of 72. While a man who knew how to run all the classic short and long cons might not seem the ideal role model you need to take a closer look. Here is someone who spent his life observing […]

Direct brush watercolor sketch on a 4 x 6 inch scrap of book board that was gessoed before sketching.

Five Things To Do When You’ve Got Paper That’s Just Too Bad To Work With

My recent series on Zeta paper in the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks generated a lot of mail about paper. I know a lot of people get part way into a journal, find they aren’t enjoying the paper and feel constrained about wasting the paper by simply jumping to a new journal. I think to stay […]


Project Friday: Contours on a Face

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Sketching when You Don’t Feel Well: Another Gouache Experiment

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Dog Days—X: Reminder for “Paws on Grand” and Another Look at Painting on Stonehenge

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Dog Days—IX: Working on Stonehenge Paper and Stopping the Negative Thoughts in Your Head

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Dog Days—VIII

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Dog Days—Part I

Left: Dog practice sketch using Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen and gouache on a 9 x 12 inch page in a Fabriano Venezia journal. (Edges cropped a bit because the page is larger than my scanner top.) Today is the first in an on-going series that will run probably through the Minnesota State Fair (i.e. […]


Language Matters: Achieving a Tolerance for Mistakes as a Way To Improve

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