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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Weeks 12 & 13

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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Weeks 12 & 13

Last week, at the local frozen yogurt shop, I came across an antique Mother Goose-style children's book with strange stories/weird poems/bizarre illustrations. It was nearly grotesque, and I was cautiously fascinated. I know you've seen these types of books before, ye olden books with stories about a man vexing his wife and how she put him in the rabbit cage and fed him sage and mint through the wires. Or like, making comparisons between the cherubic children who eat all their dinner vs. the wicked and naughty ones who don't and the peril that ensues. Anyhow, I was obviously impacted by the...

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3 Portraits

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3 Portraits

New and Mixed Media. (Weekending it, ecstatically back to my dominant hand.)

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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 11

Sketchblog Sketchbook Roundup 2019

Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 11

After the somewhat academic intensity I felt during the past few rounds of my sketching journey, I decided to throw myself a curveball this week and do something I've never done before: sketch with my non-dominant hand. What followed was humbling, hilarious, enlightening, tiresome, and uncomfortable. I completed 50 spazzy sketches (and look at my handwriting!), and maybe I'll do more, who knows? I chose that number as a completion goal in honor of Lee Ames, the author of the Draw 50 series, and from whom I borrowed heavily this week. Anyhow, try it. It bypasses ego and reminds you...

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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Weeks 9 & 10

Sketchblog Sketchbook Roundup 2019

Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Weeks 9 & 10

You guys, it’s done. My interactive book report on Owen Jones’ “Grammar of Ornament” is complete. 105 re-designs (I miscounted originally), 6 weeks, now put to bed. But first! The final 35: . Chinese Ornament: As a disclaimer, I don’t care too much for Jones’ assessments anymore. I don’t find them incredibly helpful. For example, he says of Chinese Ornament, “In their decoration, both painted and woven, the Chinese exhibit only just so much art as would belong to a primitive people.” . Another example: “...the Chinese are totally unimaginative, and all their works are accordingly wanting in the highest...

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Friday Night Creative Chill - Copper Etching Recap

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Friday Night Creative Chill - Copper Etching Recap

I intended to cap the class at 15, but couldn’t resist the happy extra registrants! Last night, Friday Night Creative Chill celebrated our most filled-to-the-brim class ever, and had one heck of an art adventure with copper etching. Between the ferric chloride, the neutralizing baths, the liver of sulphur, and the crystalline wax, there was also Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Talk about mad science! The results were exciting, the company enchanting, and the night a smash hit. Thank you to all the wonderful folks willing to dive into the deep end with me! See ya next time for...

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