In My Toned Tan Sketchbook

Nice to start out with toned paper for a sketch. Come in with white for highlights and ink, watercolor and gouache for the darks and a touch of color. It’s a shortcut that saves time.

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Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, watercolor and white Uniball Signo pen in Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook, 5.5X8″

If I find myself at the end of the day needing a quick bit of art making  I’ll listen to music, find an image I can relate to, and do a sketch with the brush pen. I was watching a Clarence Becker performance for Playing for Change (I’m a subscriber) and was spellbound by the expressiveness not only of his singing but of his face! Didn’t begin to capture it here, but it was great trying.

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Next night it was an email I got about kids and their families visiting the halls of Congress to deliver petitions (one was mine)  to Save PBS!

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Next day I received pictures from my friends who have just become the happiest grandparents (taking turns holding baby).

So, honestly I got to enjoy a great performance, deliver petitions to Congress and hold a baby, without leaving my studio. I wonder what it will be tonight. . .

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