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“Lady” – Work in Progress

I started this drawing two weeks ago and am happy to work on it again (click here to see the first sketch). I’ve mostly drawn around the horse, adding details to the stable as I move from the back to the front of the composition. The horse is taking shape! The finished piece will be […]

Learn to Let Go

One of the most common questions I receive as an artist: is it difficult to let go of your art when someone buys it?  And the answer is yes, and no.  But mostly no. Here are a few tips that have worked in helping me not become overly-attached to my art.  And if you are […]

Back in the Saddle

I rode a horse, once.  I was in the 5th grade and with a friend, visited her family farm.  Even though I was intrigued by horses, I was nervous about sitting on top of one.  What if I couldn’t control her? (I honestly don’t remember if “she” was male or female, so let’s go with […]

Beejeweled – 8×10 Original Pastel Drawing

It’s finished!  This is the most fun I’ve had with pastel to date.  I was happy from the start with my initial sketch and general color palette.  There were lots of moments where I felt giddy (yes, I actually like that word) at what was forming on the drawing table.  Don’t get me wrong – […]

Pastel Work In Progress

I started this pastel drawing over the weekend and can’t wait to see how it turns out.  (I ♥ girlie pinks and purples.)  Last year I visited the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and found plenty of inspiration there, including this flower and its buzzing visitor. Of all the colored mediums, pastel feels the most familiar to […]

Oh Charred Vine How I Love Thee

Until I started using it, I never thought about the composition of artist charcoal.  It’s not like you’ll find it on the Top 5 List of Things Required for Survival. I think you either love or loathe charcoal; there isn’t a middle ground on the passion scale.  Many artists prefer shiny, colorful paints over the […]

A Cat of a Different Kind

If you’ve been following my art for long, you know this is a HUGE departure from the way I typically draw.  Nevermind that it looks like an elementary-aged student could have drawn it. A couple of friends of mine recommended a mixed-media drawing book, where the author takes a playful approach to art.  I thought […]

A Blog is Born

When I first announced my art for sale last year, I really didn’t think I’d need a blog.  Between Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, email and the phone, I’d have more than enough channels to communicate with my art friends, right?  Well, it didn’t take long to realize I can’t always get my ideas across in an […]