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My Friend Tom Won’t Stand Next to Me in an Electrical Storm…

It’s official, after Sunday’s event my friend Tom said “You have the most awful luck! Remind me not to stand next to you when lightning is threatening!” I don’t blame him. I wouldn’t stand next to me in that situation either. And recommend that you don’t as well. Sunday Dick and I went house hunting. […]

Pen and watercolor sketch, with acrylic marker background, done over a note Dick left me, which I'd previously stuck in my journal.

At Least I Wasn’t Abducted By Aliens: Keeping Your Sense of Humor and Productivity

Note: This blog post was originally set to run during the second week of January but technical issues with the blog delayed it. This version was edited for publication today. Anyone who bothered to stop by or call me from October through January this year knew things were tough. I was beyond grumpy because of […]

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Saying Good-bye To The Bell Museum

Above: Pen and watercolor sketch at the Bell Museum on 9 x 12 inch white Stonehenge paper. And yes Stonehenge is not a watercolor paper, but sometimes you just want to paint on what you want to paint on. Sunday was the Urban Sketchers Twin Cities sketch out at the Bell Museum. I added the […]

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Selfie with a Sepia Pen

Left: Selfie using a Sepia Pentel ColorBrush on Wave Paper (11.75 x 16 inches). (Yes those are rips in the neck of my sweatshirt—all I can say is I love cotton clothing and I wear it and wash it and wear it…until it falls off either me or the drying rack.) I had a lot of […]

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Sometimes It’s Time To Stop Painting

Left: Selfie made while looking in the bathroom mirror.8 inch square journal on its side vertically. (Defunct printmaking paper.) PPBP and some gouache. Sometimes you start painting and you like the colors and even the direction, but you know it's time to stop.

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A January Selfie

Left: I ended up doing a bunch of large (12 x 16.5 inches) self portraits with brush pen in January. Usually long after I really should have been in bed. Dick thinks I look too tired, but he'd already gone to bed so he doesn't actually know does he? Wave paper from Kunst and Papier, and […]

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A Quick First Look at a Kilimanjaro Journal

Above: 9 x 12 inch page from a wire-bound Kilimanjaro sketchbook (Cheap Joe’s). I created an acrylic texture on the page by taping off an area. Then I sketched a selfie using a Pentel Brush Pen (pigment ink). The orange background color was added after sketching, as was the blue on the hair band. The […]

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Birthday Epiphanies All Around

I think I'll let the journaling on the birthday selfie say it all. (You can click on the image to view an enlargement. And Yes, I drew in my tri-focal lines.)  This sketch is on an 11 x 15 inch sheet of Wave paper which is cheap drawing paper that's almost as absorbent as Kleenex®. […]

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Overcoming Resistance in Your Creative Life

Above: Selfie made looking in the bathroom mirror, sketching with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, on Nideggen (in a handmade journal that's about 7 1/2 inches square). (Text obscured for privacy.) Vertigo or not, I'm going to sketch every day. It keeps me tuned up for those days when I can really pull out all […]

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I Smirk When I Squint

Left: Self portrait on cardstock—the type you make graffiti stencils out of—2.5 x 3.5 inches. Pens listed below. One of my photographer friends gave gave me two very large (over 30 x 40 inches) prints a few years ago—black and white portraits of cowboys. I love them. I have one on the wall in the […]

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