3 Easy Ways to do Backgrounds in Colored Pencil Drawings

You have drawn a beautiful colored pencil picture and now it needs some kind of background. It should enhance but not detract from your well-rendered subject. You want color but don’t relish the thought of creating an entire background by drawing it on with the pencil. If you tend to get stuck thinking about how … Read more

Tips for How to Find Inspiration for Art – Finding Your Art Muse

We’ve all experienced it, that artistic fervor when the ideas are flowing like water—you can’t crank the pieces out fast enough and are enjoying every minute of it. Then, for whatever the reason may be —too many things piled on your plate, unrelated issues or problems distracting us, not enough time, feelings of self-doubt, etc.—we … Read more

How to Use Watercolor Pencils

Have a set of watercolor pencils sitting on a shelf collecting dust because you haven’t a clue how to use them? Well I’m guessing since you’re here you’ve decided to dust them off, break open the box and figure out how to use watercolor pencils. “So, do you just wet the pencil to use them?”, is … Read more

How to Make Money from Your Art – A Unique Way

You’ve been creating art for a while, joined art clubs, created and sold pieces, did commissions and participated in shows. Maybe you’ve gotten your work into galleries as well. At least, you’re getting a sale or a commission occasionally. And maybe you’re lucky enough to be making a full-time income. But maybe it’s a part-time … Read more

How to Sharpen Colored Pencils – Simplified

Sharpened colored pencils

If you work with colored pencils as an art medium, undoubtedly you have experienced the frustration of sharpening your pencils. You try to sharpen them in a handheld sharpener, and they keep breaking again and again. It’s broken down to the wood showing no visible pigment. The electric pencil sharpener manufacturers say not to sharpen … Read more

Basic Colored Pencil Techniques—Improve Your Colored Pencil Art

Colored Pencil has certainly risen in popularity over the past decade with the advent of coloring books for adults. It is a wonderful medium that is fun to use, relatively easy to learn, and is very relaxing. Whether you are an avid colorist who wants to go to the next level, an artist who never … Read more

Art – the Expressions of Life

EXPRESSING LIFE I truly believe that art is expressing life around us whether we are creating portraits of people, houses or pets, still life, florals, landscapes, waterscapes, etc. From the moment that first stroke of a pencil, pastel or brush meets the art surface to the last, the journey of each piece is unique and … Read more