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    Year in Review: 2021

    Review of 2021 graphic. Highlights from this year Laura Jaen Art

    2021 was a year.  It’s always so interesting looking back over the year.  The year didn’t go nearly as I had planned, but it definitely had its ups (and its downs).  Taking the time to review what happened – what worked and didn’t, what I’d like to carry forward into…

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    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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    Year in Review: 2020

    Collage of photos of 2020 accomplishments

    What a year.  I’m not sure if anyone had the year they thought they would when 2020 started.  I know I definitely didn’t.  So many events I was looking forward to were cancelled and many that continued on were mostly spent unseen during the initial shutdown because of COVID-19 and…

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    November Project: Gratitude Doodles

    November Gratitude Doodles Project blog cover

    November is right around the corner and I’d like to do something special for the month.  It’s been a tough year for so many people.  It feels like the world could use more togetherness and thankfulness for what we do have.  For the month of November my goal is to help send…

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    Inktober 2020: Days 12-18

    Inktober 2020 Days 12-18 blog cover

    Another week down!  Do you have a favorite drawing from this past week?  Are you participating too? If you’ve just started following along and are unfamiliar with Inktober, it’s an annual drawing challenge that encourages artists to create a drawing each day with ink based on a list of daily…

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    Inktober 2020: Days 5-11

    Inktober 2020 days 5-11 blog cover

    Update with this past week’s Inktober sketches!  Do you have a favorite so far?  Are you participating too? If you missed last week and are unfamiliar with Inktober, it’s an annual drawing challenge that encourages artists to create a drawing each day with ink based on a list of daily…

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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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    Inktober 2020: Days 1-4

    Inktober 2020 days 1-4 blog cover

    It’s October, which means it’s time for the annual Inktober drawing challenge!  Are you participating this year? Inktober is a drawing challenge that encourages artists to create a drawing each day with ink based on a list of daily prompts.  The challenge lasts all 31 days of October and happens…

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    Year in Review: 2019

    Review of 2019 graphic. Photos of highlights from the year.

    The closing of a year gives us the opportunity to remember and reflect on the last 365 days. What seemed like a trying and challenging year, was filled with so many amazing opportunities and areas of growth.  Enjoy this video that I put together reviewing this past year! New Art…

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    Stepping Stones

    Stepping Stones by Laura Jaen Smith. Framed ink painting of river rocks in creek hanging on barn wood wall.

    This week on the blog, I’m featuring one of my favorite ink drawings – Stepping Stones.  Ink is a new medium that I’ve learned to love in the past year beginning with the Inktober challenge that I took part in last October.  The challenge pushed me outside of my comfort…