Saturday, July 27, 2013

Artist's Play Room #68

Please scroll down for the newest Artist's Play Room Challenge and to enter your artwork throughout this upcoming week.

If you haven't read the rules & guidelines, please go here. If you've landed here after this challenge has been completed but would like to participate in a current or future Artist's Play Room Challenge, just either click on the APR button in the sidebar or click here and you'll be taken to the latest APR Challenge!

Are you having trouble using the Mr. Linky to add your submissions to APR? Well here's some help! Just click on HELP and you'll be taken to my Linky Help Page. Cool, huh? I've got your back!

For such a long time I've wanted to make a coloring book. I've seen so many new ideas on Etsy that aren't the usual simple drawings. I think the simplicity can be gorgeous and probably more difficult that I imagine but there's also truly complicated coloring book pages that break all the unspoken "rules". Here are some examples. I thought I'd love to see what you all come up with! Can I ask that you show the black and white version on your blog along with the colored version if you decide to color in the page yourself? I can't wait to see what you all do! 

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Winner Announced for Craftsy.com Giveaway

Hi All. So the giveaway of the art class from Craftsy.com was a success, a bunch of you entered and I'm sorry to say only one of you can win! There is some good news though, Craftsy.com has sales on classes all the time so if you sign up to be a member of Craftsy (it's free) you'll be kept up to date through email when the sales on classes are on.

So, one person gets the choice of any one of six art classes newly offered on Craftsy. Here are the links if you're interested in looking...
  1. Master Palettes: Exploring Color Mixing with Scott Gellatly
  2. Narrative Portraiture: Painting in Acrylic with Micah Ganske
  3. Drawn to Painting with Rob Zeller
  4. Portraits in Watercolor with Matt Rota
  5. Acrylic Landscape Painting with Bennett Vadnais
  6. Perspective in Landscape Drawing with Patrick Connors
The winner of my Giveaway is... fspackman (the first of their email address). Hopefully they'll enjoy the wonderful art class. Congratulations!

Best,




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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Artist's Play Room #67


ALERT!! ALERT!! The Craftsy.com GIVEAWAY I am running right now ends this Sunday July 21st, 2013 at Midnight, Pacific time. I'm giving away an art class ($62.39 value) from Craftsy.com. Go and read all about it here or just click here and sign up to enter to WIN. Good luck to you all! So, GET IN THERE AND ENTER!!

...and now back to your regularly scheduled program. :o)


Please scroll down for the newest Artist's Play Room Challenge and to enter your artwork throughout this upcoming week.

If you haven't read the rules & guidelines, please go here. If you've landed here after this challenge has been completed but would like to participate in a current or future Artist's Play Room Challenge, just either click on the APR button in the sidebar or click here and you'll be taken to the latest APR Challenge!

Are you having trouble using the Mr. Linky to add your submissions to APR? Well here's some help! Just click on HELP and you'll be taken to my Linky Help Page. Cool, huh? I've got your back!

Have you noticed that we've had some seriously strange weather lately? Here in Canada we've seen more flooding in Calgary, Alberta than they've ever recorded. Ontario, a little more east, the temperatures have been ridiculously hot but in very late spring it was snowing!! Here in the west we've been inordinately cold or stupidly hot. I know there's been forest fires, snow, hail and stifling HEAT and everything in-between all over the world. I thought why not do a theme about weather, rain, snow, inclement weather, whatever you want to explore. Let us all see your genius at work. GO!

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Artist's Play Room #66

Hi everyone. I just want to remind you all that I have a GIVEAWAY running until Sunday July 21st, 2013 at Midnight, Pacific time. I'm giving away an art class ($62.39 value) from Craftsy.com. Go and read all about it here or just click here and sign up to enter to WIN. Good luck to you all!

...and now back to your regularly scheduled program. :o)

Please scroll down for the newest Artist's Play Room Challenge and to enter your artwork throughout this upcoming week.

If you haven't read the rules & guidelines, please go here. If you've landed here after this challenge has been completed but would like to participate in a current or future Artist's Play Room Challenge, just either click on the APR button in the sidebar or click here and you'll be taken to the latest APR Challenge!

Are you having trouble using the Mr. Linky to add your submissions to APR? Well here's some help! Just click on HELP and you'll be taken to my Linky Help Page. Cool, huh? I've got your back!

There are so many good things about summer showing up but for me, on a diet, the one thing that makes it difficult is that sugar shows up in copious quantities. It's in all the lovely refreshing iced tea and iced smoothie drinks that keep you cool. It's in all those ice cream cones everyone sports as they walk happily down the street. I think I'm a little envious of all those cold treats you all are indulging in so why don't we do a SUGAR theme this week, at least I can then torture myself and look at all your yummy art, hehehe. So, go and explore your thoughts on the work sugar or sugary. Yummo. I think I'll go have a glass of water. ;o)

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Totally Cool Giveaway from Craftsy!!


I am so excited to announce officially that Craftsy is allowing me to give away one of their six new Fine Art Courses. One of my lucky followers will win a free art class (a $63.59 value) from the following list:
  1. Master Palettes: Exploring Color Mixing with Scott Gellatly
  2. Narrative Portraiture: Painting in Acrylic with Micah Ganske
  3. Drawn to Painting with Rob Zeller
  4. Portraits in Watercolor with Matt Rota
  5. Acrylic Landscape Painting with Bennett Vadnais
  6. Perspective in Landscape Drawing with Patrick Connors
The winner will get to choose any one of the above six art classes. The giveaway starts today and ends in two weeks (Sunday July 21st, 2013 at Midnight, Pacific time). I'm really lucky to have the privilege of reviewing a course myself. I've chosen #6, Perspective in Landscape Drawing because I've always wanted to learn the technical aspects of perspective. I tend to shy away from doing art involving layers of distance like a landscape with a house in the foreground and horses in the background because I don't know how to get it right. Now I'll learn what I need to know to to expand my repertoire in art.

How do I enter you ask? Well it's easy, just click on this link and it'll take you to a Craftsy landing page created just for this Giveaway! All you do is sign up to Craftsy's website and you'll be automatically entered into my giveaway. Are you already a Craftsy.com member? Don't worry, we're not leaving you out!  Register for my giveaway contest by logging in using your existing email address & password. (No purchase necessary. One entry per contestant.)

Everybody's entries will be collected by Craftsy.com and a random winner will be announced soon after the draw is made. Good luck everyone, I wish you could ALL win!!

Best,




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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Hiya! I'm Back, Sort Of...

Hi Everybody. I know it's been much longer than I had predicted that I'd be off the web and not participating with all of you. I really thank you all for your well wishes and concern for my health, it's really touching that you care. The health problem I'm battling is more complicated that I had suspected so I'm not coming back full time for a few more months but you will see me around here more often. I'm hoping by September everything will be fixed and I can get on with my life. Crossing my fingers.

Until then I am going to be around to review the books I've been reading in my hiatus and I'll probably take time to actually participate in a few of the APR's (Artist's Play Room) that will continue to go live every Saturday at noon. I've gotten at least a dozen of the challenges written so I'd love to continue to see all your fantastic artistic endeavors.

I will also be taking and reviewing an art course generously given to me through
Craftsy.com. Melissa in their Outreach Marketing department contacted me about whether I'd like to try one of their six new fine art courses. She also asked if one of my followers would enjoy winning a free fine art course too. Heck YES!! So, starting this Monday (July 8, 2013) for two weeks, I'll be running a giveaway for one of the six fine art courses from Craftsy, the winner's choice. How darn exciting is that, huh? Come on back tomorrow for more details on how to enter to WIN. Anyway, I sure hope you're all having a fantastic summer and you're out enjoying the weather!

Best,




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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Artist's Play Room #65

Please scroll down for the newest Artist's Play Room Challenge and to enter your artwork throughout this upcoming week.

If you haven't read the rules & guidelines, please go here. If you've landed here after this challenge has been completed but would like to participate in a current or future Artist's Play Room Challenge, just either click on the APR button in the sidebar or click here and you'll be taken to the latest APR Challenge!

Are you having trouble using the Mr. Linky to add your submissions to APR? Well here's some help! Just click on HELP and you'll be taken to my Linky Help Page. Cool, huh? I've got your back!

So we need a new challenge theme don't we? I thought this week, since I've been reading so much, and hopefully all of you now free in summer holidays will also be digging into some juicy new books to wile away the days, we could make some bookmarks! An easy peasy challenge and useful too, how does that sound? Now, if you don't want to actually make a bookmark, you know me, there's always an out, do something that reminds you of bookmarks or books. Have fun being creative!

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