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In Context: Beyond Likeness

I make a lot of notes about the blog posts I want to write. A couple days ago I drew this cat. One of my notes was sitting there on my desk.  Together they seem to say succinctly what I wanted to say about “why draw?” and the search for likeness in portraits. I’ll stop […]

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Working in a Grid

Last fall I started doing a series of talks and posts for my Patreon subscribers about working with grids. There are tons of reasons you might want to do this but the main reason is to keep your momentum going when you find you don’t have a lot of time to make art.  Even if […]

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Trying Out Dagger Brushes (Part Two of I haven’t a Clue How Many Posts)

Now and then I get a desire to test something new. Sometimes I hear about a new product, or a friend mentions something to me. Sometimes I go to the store and see something and wonder what it would be like to use that tool or medium. Other times, like recently, I unpack brushes that […]

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Don’t Be Limited

    I couldn’t leave a week during which I discussed the use of space on a page, without including this portrait from the end of last year. I’m the queen of running off the page. Not planning sufficiently. This means in my haste I often miss the thing that engaged me most—the base of […]

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Euclid, Geometry, and the Practice of Art

Here’s a quotation from an article I was reading in the New Yorker Magazine recently. Beyond geometry the writer, James Somers, reminds us something about the practice of anything. And the many paths to something—whether it’s geometry, coding, art, or… 

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What I Did in the Pandemic: Pepper Sketches Of Course!

    I’ve been trying to get my digital files organized, and I came across this post from 2020 during the pandemic. I don’t know why I had this large landscape book, and Akademie Watercolor Journal from Hahnemühle.  This is their student line of paper. The book is nicely bound, the paper is OK, but […]

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In Context: Showing Up

My page text is about showing up; click on the image to read it. It’s something I wrote independently from the sketch, but as so frequently happens in journaling, they relate to each other. But as artists we need to remember it’s our job to look at everything and find some thread of empathy and […]

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In Context: Don’t Drop a Book on Your Head!

The text on the page says it all. Have a happy, healthy New Year. And don’t drop a book on your head!

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My Overly Developed Sense of…

Dick and I discussed this recently—the dust has settled, Buddy has had a productive year since his return. He is hanging in there. But Dick and I both agree that the first words, I screamed were, “I’ve killed Buddy.” I don’t know why I didn’t write that on the day. I know most of the […]

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A Page From My Journal

12.24.23  Dick called when I was about to die. I didn’t pick up because the phone was in another room and while I usually can hear it ringing I didn’t. My mind had closed down to that unique focus of an instant of surprise. The realization “This is it.” Followed by “what can I do […]

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