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    Shading Techniques for Ink & Pencil

    4 shading techniques for ink and pencil blog cover

    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…

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    Artist Tip: Red Flags for Email Scams

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    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…

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    Artist Tip: Instagram Spam Comments

    Artist Tip Instagram Spam Comments blog graphic

    Today’s blog is a little different than my usual content, but I’ve found myself having this conversation a few times recently so I think other artists (or anyone posting on a public Instagram account) might find this helpful.  You know when you post something and it triggers the spammy auto-bots…

  • Art Tip

    Shading Techniques for Ink & Pencil

    4 shading techniques for ink and pencil blog cover

    We’re headed into October and there are a bunch of drawing challenges going on.  I thought it would be a good time to reshare ;ast 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…

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    Artist Trick for Finding Colors

    artist trick for finding colors blog cover

    I finally listened to a piece of art advice that I had been hearing for years and putting off, so I thought it would be a great time to share it with you ( or in case you need a reminder to do it). Create color swatches of your paints/art…

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    Painting Tip for Contrast

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    I’m just about finished with my newest painting and I thought it would be a perfect time to share a trick that I use when I’m just about done with a new work. If you’ve been following my social media lately, you probably know that I’ve been working on this…

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    4 Shading Techniques for Ink & Pencil

    4 shading techniques for ink and pencil blog cover

    This month there’s a flood of people making drawings in ink for Inktober and other drawing challenges!  Feedback that I’ve heard from artist friends or those that consider themselves not-yet-artists is that they struggle with shading, so I thought I would take a minute to share some tips! Shading is…

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    DIY Wood Stain

    DIY Wood Stain Sunflower Bulletin Board blog cover

    I  came up with an idea to try out in my studio the other day, and since it ended up working much better than I expected, I thought I would share! I have a couple of small bulletin boards that I’ve been upcycling by painting a picture on the face…

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    Art Tip: Low Cost Art Hanging

    Art Tip: Low Cost Art Hanging. Materials shown painting, gorilla glue, triangle ruler, pencil, bumpers, and sawtooth hook.

    I was recently asked by one of my buyers to attach a hook on a canvas panel painting that they purchased (I try to accommodate small special requests like this if I can).  This type of substrate doesn’t generally lend itself well for immediate hanging, so I had to brainstorm…