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    Adventures,  Life

    6 Favorite Autumn Spots That Inspire

    The leaves are starting to turn beautiful colors in the area!  Here’s a look back at some of my favorite spots to enjoy the changing leaves.  Do you have a favorite place? If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, you’ve likely noticed the trees have been turning beautiful colors this past month.  According to…

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    October Events

    It’s almost spooky month!  We’re going into the last few days of the September shows so if you haven’t gotten out to Cloud Croft Studios it’s your last chance.  Two shows continue on in October as well as it being ink month.  Also my Little Pumpkin Collection will be available in my online shop October…

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    Little Pumpkins (Work in Progress)

    I’ve been painting these little pumpkins lately and I just couldn’t wait any longer to share them with you!  So far there’s a purple one that reminds me of Cinderella, a jack o’lantern, a teal one, and the newest one is this pretty brown one.   I might do a few more but it…

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    Art Tip

    Shading Techniques for Ink & Pencil

    We’re headed into October soon and there are a bunch of drawing challenges going on.  I thought it would be a good time to reshare last year’s blog with some shading techniques for anyone who is new to drawing or would like a quick refresher.  I also have a free template towards the bottom…

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    Basics of Framing

    I’ve had a couple of different conversations with other artists lately about framing, so I thought it may be a good topic to share on here too.  This will be basic information that will be helpful whether you’re deciding to frame your own art or you’re framing a piece you’ve purchased.  First thing…

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    September Events

    Happy September!  I’m excited to share that I was invited to exhibit on an ongoing basis at Vines of New York Art Gallery!  If you find yourself near Geneva, New York this fall please stop by and check out this beautiful venue!   It’s a busy month with art shows.  You can find my…

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    Current Work in Progress

    I’ve been in a painting mood the past few days so today’s planned topic didn’t happen over the weekend.  So instead, I’ll give you a peek at what I’m currently working on.   There’s also a timelapse video of part of the earlier process.  (It’s a bit long even at super speed)  Enjoy! If…

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    Artwork

    Sketchy Trees Update

    Six months later, I’m still drawing Sketchy Trees!  I thought it would be a good time to look back at all of the drawings that I’ve completed in this series so far.  I haven’t reached the end of the series yet, so you can look forward to more drawings to come.   Enjoy this…

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    Art Tip

    Artist Tip: Red Flags for Email Scams

    This week’s blog is specifically for my fellow artists out there.  I received an example of a spam/scam email the other day and I thought it would be a good opportunity to share in case this information can help you.  I’ve received several emails like this over the years and noticed a pattern…

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    Art Event

    August Events

    Can you believe July is done already??  Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit my solo exhibit at Vines of New York Art Gallery last month in Geneva!  It was exciting to see my Sketchy Tree series all displayed together and some of them even found new homes!   Going into…