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Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil, by J.D. Hillberry – a book review

I haven’t done a book review in a while and thought that some might enjoy one of my favorite drawing books. Several years ago artist, J.D. Hillberry had a booth at Fort Worth’s annual art festival.  I couldn’t help but … Continue reading

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2014 in Review for Oil Pastels by Mary

Thank you all for making this possible.  Best wishes for a fantastic 2015 blogging year! The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds … Continue reading

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Artists Who Inspire – Introducing Gloria Ester

Happy New Year – it’s great to be back creating and blogging again.  I hope this finds each of you well, I can’t wait to check out your latest posts and see what’s new. I thought it would be fun … Continue reading

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Blood Swept lands and Seas of Red, a poppy memorial to our fallen heroes at the Tower of London

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Blood Swept lands and Seas of Red, a poppy memorial to our fallen heroes at the Tower of London This post is part of the Photography101 challenge that I am doing and the…

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Charcoal Study of Richard W. Hale, Jr. – (original by John Singer Sargent)

Whoever said portraits are easy?  This little guy gave me a run for my money – the challenge was keeping Richard Jr. looking like a youngster (of perhaps 10-12 yrs) instead of a middle-age teenager with worry.  John Singer Sargent … Continue reading

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Upon a sea of doubt in love I drift Knowing I do not know the way to go When torrents take my craft so swift Toward you—I am a boat I cannot row. So many…

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Happy for Opportunity to be a Guest Blogger

I recently had an opportunity to help out TimeThief and submit an article as a Guest Blogger for her blog,   It was an honor, if you are interested in reading my article “Blogging My Only Marketing Tool” you can … Continue reading

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I am Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore!

Mad?  Oh yes I am and beyond any words that I can express here.  Discouraged?  Totally of people’s lack of moral judgement, inner-compass of values and code of conduct.  Disappointed?  Yes – I’m totally disappointed, that there are people out … Continue reading

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2nd Anniversary with WordPress!

Yesterday I celebrated my 2nd anniversary with WordPress!  How exciting was that – wonderful that WP sent out a notification, because I missed it entirely. I want to thank everyone for visiting, following, liking and commenting – your visits have meant more … Continue reading

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I’m so frustrated . . . such a waste of time

I hope you don’t mind, but this post is a bit of complaining and excuse on my part  for perhaps a lack of communication .   .   .   at the end of May I was out of touch for about 10 … Continue reading

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