Category Archives: Nuts & Bolts & Magic

An inspired podcast about “Why bother?”

You think you know someone, and then you listen to a podcast that launches your understanding to a brand-new level. I just finished listening to Episode 14 , “Making It Look Easy” with Liz Steel and host Nishant Jain on … Continue reading

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A modern-day sacred scroll: Your CVS receipt!

The café tables are back on the patio at my favorite downtown haunt, and I’m once again luxuriating in a cup of coffee-someone-else-made as well as a uniquely New England hermit bar. My shoulder bag is loaded with all the … Continue reading

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“The chatter is what’s the matter . . .”

Don’t you agree? The chatter in our head is often the only thing holding us back from happily giving sketching a try, or anything else for that matter. That sweet little brain of ours is trying so hard to keep … Continue reading

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“Draw what drew ya.”

There are so many perks to slowing down. Sometimes external elements help out, things like . . . the weather. Yesterday I decided to slow down and be fully present to my neighborhood by walking home from an appointment rather … Continue reading

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Never plagiarize: copy instead!

According to the dictionary, plagiarism is “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.” We can all agree that plagiarism is a very bad idea; even if you don’t get caught, you’re … Continue reading

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“You never know . . .”

Have I used that as the name of blog post before now? Maybe. It would make sense because it’s one of my favorite expressions when things don’t go to plan. A beautiful cold, sunny Saturday, after doing chores around my … Continue reading

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Your dent may be your gift

Okay, I’m outing myself. I’m two weeks post-op from a surgery that didn’t deliver the outcome the surgeon planned, but also didn’t go as bad as it might have. Why am I sharing that here, though? “Where words and watercolor … Continue reading

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T, O, ST, G? What does it all mean?

A careful reader of my new book wrote to me this week with the following question: “I just bought Look At That! and the Winsor & Newton Cotman Sketcher Pocket Box you recommended. On the page where you talk about … Continue reading

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Short and sweet is never a bad idea, for drawings or blog posts!

Good morning and Merry Christmas! If you’re finding you have a spare bit of time after the morning chaos is finished and while your Christmas dinner is cooking, here’s an idea. Think of an artist whose mark-making you really admire. … Continue reading

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Braving the Cold with Patrick

Yesterday I had every intention of switching over to “online Sunday Sketching with Patrick” for the rest of the winter. I had sent him a text saying that since it was below freezing and there was a nice coating of … Continue reading

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