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Some More about Blue and Orange

Another look at orange and blue.


Chrome Orange—I Make an Addition to My Schmincke Pan Watercolor Palette

I add another orange to my palette.

Color Theory: Related Posts and Recommended Books

On March 10, 2010 I wrote a post on Polymer Clay Color Inspirations—Techniques and Jewelry Projects for Creating Successful Palettes, by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio. (Watson-Guptill, 2009) A reader, Cheryl, wrote in and asked if I could recommend a book on color theory using watercolor as the basic medium. I believe Haunani and Maggio […]


APICA Notebooks: Possibilities…

The APICA notebooks are in at Wet Paint and they are great fun!


Going with the Flow: More on Mixing Sketches with Collage

A step-by-step look at a journal page spread which uses dip pen sketches, brush pen sketches, and collaged scraps.


If You Don’t Have a Plan—Quit While You’re Ahead (sort of)

090705Rooster Above: another small (4 x 4 inches) pencil and watercolor sketch of a bird, this time a rooster. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

I frequently start without a plan, especially when I'm making a sketch that is a glorified color thumbnail. So if you start without a plan at some point you really do need to stop and think where you are going or quit while you are ahead.

Today I posted this small rooster sketch to make this point. I started this sketch because I wanted to work on using pencil and watercolor. I almost always sketch in ink these days, so it is a different thought process for me—what do I want to do with the pencil? The barest of details? A complete grisaille?

I also have been doing a lot of gouache work these days as I get some new paintings ready for an upcoming show. Mentally I have to turn my brain around to work in transparent glazes or in washes.


Where Do You Find Birds?


Above: One of my favorite sketches from my 2009 Fake Journal (see it all in a video clip, and in posted scans here). Schmincke pan watercolors over Ziller Glossy Black Acrylic ink (dip pen), on water resistant pages in an Alvin Field Book. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

The other day, after seeing my bird-filled 2009 fake journal online someone asked me where I found all those birds to draw. (The person was from Minnesota.) I wrote back telling her my some of my favorite places to go and look at birds in the Twin Cities—places where I can always count on a bird being present when I need a bird fix, which is actually at least once a day.

But her question made me think about the issue of "finding" stuff a bit more. My friend Linda once told me about a part of the brain (can't remember what it is called) where you can actually input things you want to look out for and it will hold "that thought" and see that item EVERYWHERE. So maybe you are looking for 66 Mustangs, or fire hydrants, or odd typographical signs, or, in my case BIRDS. Because you have set up your internal spotting engine to see those things you'll find an abundance of them. (You can actually do this in a general way too, by just suggesting that your brain look for visual journaling options and voilà—everywhere you look!)


What if It’s a White Dog?

Above: direct brush painting of a Cocker Spaniel, using a #10 round and Schmincke Pan Watercolors Trans. Orange and Cobalt Blue. I made this current journal with the new Folio paper (i.e., Folio paper made post 2001). The journal is approximately 8 x 7.5 inches, so the spread is about 16 inches wide. This is […]

I Made a Low-Tech Movie of My 2009 Fake Journal

I really wanted to show my 2009 fake journal in a way so that the size and character of the pages would come across. I got to thinking that my small digital camera had the capability of taking 60 second videos. Well, I set up a tripod and started to "film." I put the resultant […]


It’s Full—I’m Finished

Above: my fake journal kept to celebrate International Fake Journal Month 2009, finished today, the book contains exactly 30 page spreads, one done each day in April. The journal is an Alvin Field book with water resistant pages. I worked with dip pen and Ziller Acrylic ink (glossy black) and Schmincke Pan Watercolors. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Well, it's over. For me anyway. Other folks have about 4 more hours until the end of IFJM. If you are new to this blog and wondering what the heck IFJM is you can click on the IFJM category in the category list, click on the appropriate page in the page list, or go to the Official International Fake Journal Month Blog and read more about it; as well as see postings of the images in my 2009 fake journal and the fake journals of some other folks too..

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