My friday self


It was a great week for illustrating and for discovering new pathways of line and paint. Even if I didn’t post as much as usual, I learned a lot from my errors and false starts.

I used to hate wasting a page in my sketchbook, until I realized that my perceptions needed the adjustment. Paper comes cheap, lessons and honesty are harder to find.

Let ‘er rip Let ‘er rip Let ‘er rip.

Categories: Art, artist, Ashley Lily Scarlett, Barry Comer, Cafe, Cafe Sketches, Self Portrait, selfie, Selfies, WatercolorTags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Barry Comer

I volunteer as a design and communications consultant with Family Scholar House in Louisville, Kentucky, the Democratic Socialists of America and teach children with emotional and developmental disabilities.

I have degrees in art and was an art director for 30 years.


  1. I’m very enthused about this post, because of the portrait and because of your advice re: ‘wasting’ paper. It has always been a stumbling block. My solution (of sorts) was to buy one honking roll of (yes, roll) of Arches watercolour paper from a friend who’d become so frustrated with the medium she sold it to me for a song. Surrounded by so much paper, I just shrug when things don’t turn out. I’d probably go through the whole roll trying to get a painting like this one. It’s great.


    • You my dear Lance, are very kind and funny. Yes, I would go through the roll, but use it, abuse it and still have a fit. I don’t know why tools become precious, when it is the idea we cherish. It is as if we dare not err. Who blew it for us way back when?


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