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What Is a Study?

    Artists often make “studies” of a subject before they jump into working on a painting or detailed drawing. Why is it useful? Why is it important? I think a study is a notion of the bright sparkly possibilities ahead.  When we look at a subject we recognize something and try to get that […]

Pentel Brush Pen sketch on pre-painted Folio paper, with Schmincke Horadam Gouache. Handmade journal, approx. 8 inches square, turned on side so gutter runs horizontally.

Maintaining Momentum and Fun in Our Daily Practice

If we want to create a daily practice, whether it’s exercise, diet, thought, or art related, we need to make sure that we contain elements of fun in that practice. It’s those elements of fun which keep us coming back to the practice. And ultimately it’s the fun that we bring into our work that […]

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Beard Drawing Withdrawal

Above: Pentel fine-tipped pigment ink brush pen on Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper; background pre-painted with acrylics, rubberstamp ink, and washi tape. Two weeks ago I went into serious beard drawing withdrawal. Things have been crazy here. I've had weird computer problems and several long visits from the computer tech. He's great, but he […]

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