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all is quite on the western front. grading book reports. making pictures in my sketchbook. petting cats. i hope you're not buried under a mountain of snow. but if you are. please throw a snowball my way. i want some! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Dispatch From LA
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figurine relocation project here at moss cottage today. off the kitchen sill to make way for a new casement window. meanwhile in the sketchbook i've suddenly developed an interest in bold black outlines. thaz all! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dispatch From LA
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Written in 1947, Slaves of Solitude crossed my path accidentally while out prowling the vast interwebs. Someone, somewhere described it as one of the best books they'd never heard of. Sold! Like the last novel I finished. It takes place... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Dispatch From LA
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it's almost time for our 3rd annual winter art retreat in palm springs. maybe this time pam won't wake up screaming in the middle of the night about an intruder in the house. maybe i won't smell a fire. maybe... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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i've been mixing up luscious darks with neutral tint. i love the tide marks made from a brush heavy with water. the neutral tint/burnt sienna mix above makes me ecstatic. it has a glow to it that i find irresistable.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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when i paint swatches with my watercolors they're usually on the small side. i decided to make these ultra thick stripes so i could really get a closer look at the paint. someone gave me the quin pink, but it's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
hi monica, i can only tell you the difference between a sketchbook & visual journal from my perspective as everyone might have their own definitions. first though, a sketchbook is a visual journal in that it contains sketches that form a narrative. a visual journal is the same, but to me a visual or art journal is a much broader term. i think of a sketchbook as more of an illustrated journal. the key difference are the illustrations/sketches/drawings. i like my sketchbooks to contain MOSTLY things i have drawn & painted, but what i think of as my visual journals contain non-representational doodling with paint/pattern making/mark making/collage/ paper that may or may not contain images that represent something specific from my life. sometimes however i do have drawings/sketches in my visual journal but MOSTLY they are a free-for-all/anything goes/mixed media playground. i happen to have a brain that likes categories so i prefer to keep the 2 separate. when i look through my sketchbook i like for it to look like an illustrated journal of my life and/or a history of my experiments with drawing & painting. i’m much more focused on the quality of my lines and the behavior of my paint in my sketchbooks. your question is a good one.
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i like the process of selecting new watercolors. i usually buy a few at a time, use them, see how they work, then choose new colors accordingly. neutral tint is one of my new favorites. i was seduced by the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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of all my sketchbooks this is the size that i love the most. it's in my goldilocks zone. 6.5 x 10 " i don't know how it's possible that swishing some watercolor & ink around could make me deliriously happy.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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with only a little water the garden roars to life. bright shocks of red & green. separate but equal. this scented geranium with the velvety leaves was started with cuttings taken from a beach cottage i rented last summer. they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
vanessa the post that you wrote on this subject! is wonderful http://www.dans-mon-crane.blogspot.com
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2015 on thinking reading listening at Dispatch From LA
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the word refrigerator wouldn't fit, that's why. i looked about for pink things to sketch. i had the strong urge to dip my wet brush into the moist pans of pink (opera rose & quin coral). here is something pink.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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yes judy! here’s to freedom of expression AND complete and total separation of church & state
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Over the last days, I have been thinking thinking reading listening trying to absorb the narrative of thought about Charlie Hebdo. In the NY times I read THIS. I found THIS article in the Atlantic Monthly interesting, and agreed in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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someone cute came up for a mini art retreat on my birthday. one of my presents. accepted with glee! just a few of pam's pages below. some she did here, some from before. i saw her bag and immediatly wanted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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random sketchbookery and scribbles. and blathering. trish sweeney, who took one of my classes, sent me this handsome sketchbook all the way from australia along with a really dear card. on which she wrote "just a small gift of appreciation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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along with a respectable amount of loafing i rang the new year in doing my favorite things. sketching, writing, thinking, sitting, staring, napping. watching late afternoon cast its amber light across the walls & floors. and now, of course, that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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3 things for you as I prepare to take a blogging break for a week or so. A beautiful poem, a sketchbook round-up, and a blog post from each month of 2014. I want to take some time here at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
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someone in los angeles thinks you're grand. write paint read love most excellent choices. and so well rounded! xoxo
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our last days in timber cove. we were staying just a mile from the historic timber cove inn so we stopped in for a meal and a stroll along the headlands. small waterfalls ran downhill out of the steeply forested... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
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hello from mendonoma! more seascapes & sketchbookery from the northcoast. home soon. xo p.s. registration for SKETCHBOOKERY Winter Session ends on the 31st! Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
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it's been good this week up here on the north coast. the remote location helps to maintain a certain quaintness. yesterday dottie & i walked out to another cove a bit further north. we watched a whale superhighway spouting its... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
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the day dawned crisp & bright. i walked to the edge of the bluff in my pjs, raised my arms to the sky, and said "good morning world!" i padded around the garden and admired all the little live things.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
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i spent the day watching these magnificent birds soar & dip on thermal updrafts around the cove. i spotted this one sitting in the tree grooming his feathers, by the time i changed my lens and got back outside he... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
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holly i agree that house with the domed pointed roof is magical! its directly across from me, but im sure the owner will soon come out and beckon me over for tea, whereupon i will zipline across the cove and meet her!
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2014 on driving north at Dispatch From LA