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Protected: Sketching at the Bell Museum: Projects, Process, Portraits

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Why I Love Gouache

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch in a Japanese Lined Journal. This sketch was made on a spread first covered with Montana Acrylic Marker and washi tape. I then painted with gouache, just the areas of the portrait that I wanted to paint, using the paint opaquely when I wanted to obscure the lines and background color, […]


Fluid 100—An All Cotton Watercolor Paper

Left: Gouache painting on Fluid 100 cold press paper. A black actress who popped up in a TV show I was watching. I couldn't resist stopping to sketch her regal head. I think she was going to die in a few minutes in the story line, but I got interrupted and wasn't able to watch […]


Richard Is A Very Patient Model

Left: An unflattering portrait of Dick as he reclined on the couch wearing his cold-weather hat. The hat has flaps at the ear with long braided tassles on the end of the flaps, and the visible one here is folded back, but the sketch doesn't show that clearly. This was made in a WIRE bound […]


Schmincke Horadam Gouache Is Back at Wet Paint

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It’s Officially Available: The New Colors of Stonehenge

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Color Palette Tests: Testing a Different Blue

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Colored Pencil Demo: Red Pepper—Part 1

A couple of weeks ago I gave a talk on colored pencils to the University of Minnesota Women’s Club. The women were very welcoming, very attentive, and someone in their membership makes ridiculously delicious brownies. (Thankfully they pushed two of them on me!)

One of the samples I took to show them was a drawing of a red bell pepper on Museum Grade Wallis Paper. (Wallis Paper is a wonderful pastel paper that is coated with an acrylic primer which contains grit. This creates a great surface for grabbing pastel pigment and holding it. But it is also a fun paper to use for colored pencil if you don’t mind the voracious quality of the paper as it eats your pencils and if you pay attention to a couple other foibles.) We ran out of time at the meeting (they would ask questions and I would digress!) and so I thought it would be fun to post the process here.

The following images show the steps in building a colored pencil sketch on Wallis Paper. This drawing was done as a class demo in one of my advanced colored pencil classes (where I deal with working on oddball types of surfaces). The demo was completed in under an hour, with breaks for questions, paint drying time, digressions. The finished artwork is approximately 7 x 5 inches.

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