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The First Step.

The journey of a thousand li begins with the first step (Lao Tzu).

So, here we go: my first blog, my first step. Coming out of the long and cold period of my life, when nothing seemed to work for me, I somehow found my old passion - drawing. I remember myself drawing all the time - sketch, whimsical or doodle here and there, but nothing really serious, mostly just fun. And now I'm ready to put my time and effort in it - there is so much to learn. Feeling like coming back home…


Added by Sam Chow on November 10, 2014 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments


I have a sad habit of comparing my work with others. My mother, who is also an artist, says my style speaks thru my Art. My art is better than some but then I find tons of other Art that I say "Man!! Why do I even bother!!" I've seen some animal Art that are SOOOO awesome. Makes me just cry looking at their talent!!

Added by Samantha Rankins Tinamisan on November 5, 2014 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

Reliable electric colored pencil sharpener

I've looked all over for a reliable electric colored pencil sharpener on the internet, and it seems they're all invisible. Does anyone know of an electric pencil sharpener that sharpens evenly around the entire tip, that is, a sharpener that doesn't leave a lot of wood on any of the pencil's sharpened surface?

Many thanks,

Added by Robert Wiegand on November 2, 2014 at 7:34pm — 3 Comments

Sharing a little about my thoughts and about myself

I have not written a blog yet, but I thought I give it a try. Also, I'm fairly new to The Art Colony, but have never encountered such a wonderful group. By accident, I found The Art Colony, when I posted a question online and was led to this site. The comments and assistance I get from other artists are so encouraging. My wish is that I can share my knowledge with others for their advancement in art. We all have a common goal and enjoy what we are doing. It is really great to be a member of…


Added by Rita Lulay Malsch on October 27, 2014 at 11:30am — 30 Comments

Creative Journaling

I am taking part in the 30 Day Journal Challenge this month. While I have been keeping a journal since I was ...okay, a long time now, it is the first time that I am taking part in a journal challenge.

I am enjoying it a lot, but the timing is not good. As a writer I am preparing to take part in NaNoWriMo in November, and I am also busy writing a book on Creative Journaling for Everyone. Most people associate creative journaling with art and artists and they won't be wrong.



Added by Lizette de Vries-Venter on October 21, 2014 at 6:49am — 4 Comments


It is my last week at my part-time job. I decided to take a little time off for myself and focus on school, and most importantly, put more time in my artwork. This doesn't seem like a big deal to a lot of people, but it relieves so much stress for me...

In my past artwork, I've noticed I've paid a lot more attention to details, and have more patience for each pieces. As the years went by, I became so busy that I felt that I couldn't balance in what I wanted to do anymore. I've been…


Added by Bess Li on October 14, 2014 at 2:16am — 11 Comments


Hi everyone I have just started pencil drawing a few days ago, I am 64 years old and have always wanted to draw but I have been to busy making a life for me and my family, now it's my time so I hope to put my three starting pics on display and look forward to your coments and help. John
P.S I am looking forward to getting to know youall thanks for letting me join your group.

Added by John Colligan on October 8, 2014 at 6:34pm — 5 Comments


Sorry about not being around.  I was really busy, then I was on holiday last week and thought the apartment had wi-fi and I would be able to catch up on all sorts of things on my laptop with a seaview - but I was wrong and had no internet at all.  Now I'm back but apparently because I turned everything off while I was away including my router I now have internet at 1990s speeds because my ISP thought I had a problem with my line and this would help!

I will catch up as soon as I am…


Added by Bryn Fellows on October 6, 2014 at 3:23pm — 2 Comments

Eye Surgery

Hello again, It's October the 8th and it has been a month since I last submitted  a blog. As some of you may know, I have been legally blind in my left eye for the last fourteen years, due to a Macular hole. I tried surgery to repair it, but it did not work.

Last January at the ripe old age of 73, I decided to try my hand at art and began to do a few pictures here and there, I started with a few watercolors, because that's what I'd been given by my eldest son for Christmas. Then my…


Added by Ronnie Egerton on October 8, 2014 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Roll With It

Recently, Hubs added to my pencil collection by getting me a 12 pack of Prismacolor Premiers to try. I must say first off that I am rough on things. As much as I would love to keep things in mint condition, I tend to break, dent, or otherwise damage my materials.

After doing some research on my…


Added by Heather E. on September 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

The Easy Stuff

I have spent the last few days, not making art so much, but practicing my gradients, lines, and hold. I recently posted in the Beginner's group forum that my hold was atrocious. It was causing my fingers to go numb.

The best way I could think to practice was to make pencil swatches. As a friend was so proud to tell me, that's easy. Why yes, yes it was. My response was that sometimes things should be easy.

While struggle and mistakes may grow your artistic ability, practicing…


Added by Heather E. on September 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

art work

Some of the art work i see on here is amazing and inspiring , Having people comment on my work it is slowing building my confidence in my work , it inspires me and helps give me new ideas for my next creation.

Added by Jodie Heaton on September 20, 2014 at 6:11pm — 9 Comments

Beginner's stage but loving it

Just wanted to say hi to everybody. I have been looking for a place where I can show what I have done so far in my landscape painting and some of my drawings. I am just a newbie but I have discovered my hobby. I just retired in March of this year and I started drawing animals. It was quite rough at first but as I got more practiced somewhat better. I want to put my landscape paintings out there with the thought of getting some help and some advice as to how to improve. As I practice and I learn… READ MORE

Added by Ruth E. Sager on September 20, 2014 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment

Hello All!

Just joined and looking forward to learning so much. I’m a total noob to art. I’ve taken two art classes in earlier years, but quit because “I wasn’t good enough.” Speaking honestly, I never gave it a chance, because I couldn’t get it perfect right away and the mess. I was recently diagnosed with OCD, which makes many things including my art experiences make much more sense.

I’m a stay-at-home mom with two small children that dreams of children’s books, games, and apps. I decided that…


Added by Heather E. on September 19, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Im a newby

Hay gorjus people, i just wanted to let you all know that i am new to art, painting and this groovy little colony, i have been totally blown away by your words of encouragement, thank you. I have been a full time stay at home mum for 30 years (omg that does make me feel old haha ) so when i lost my mum 8 months ago, and had a few awful things happen i decided to try painting as a way of relaxation and its opened up a whole new world for me, i look forward to browsing all of your wonderful…


Added by Mareese on September 10, 2014 at 9:40am — 4 Comments

Fall for All

Well here is is the 8th of September and I am definitely ready for fall. All my important medical tests are over and I got good results, but for the last week or two my eyesight has definitely taken a turn for the worse. I have a torn retina in my left eye which  leaves me almost blind in that eye . My right eye  is developing  cataracts again, so I'll have to be going to a specialist soon. Nobody want's to go blind, but to a late blooming, aspiring artist it's a real…


Added by Ronnie Egerton on September 8, 2014 at 2:42pm — 3 Comments

Rejection: How to Handle it

Most artists are intelligent, resourceful individuals who have great problem solving skills. Comparing and contrasting colors, shading, shape and composition while mentally designing the next project seems to be innate. In the words of Stuart Smalley "I'm smart enough, and, doggone it, people like me. " We all know this. So what's with the artistic types? When a random stranger offering a negative opinion about your artwork, can it turn into an emotional tailspin. Why? What can you do about…


Added by Dusty Gonterman-Clare on September 7, 2014 at 2:21am — 2 Comments

Having prints made of my original paintings

Hi Susan,

I have been reading many of your blogs regarding buying and selling.  I want to have copies made of my original pieces so I can then mat and frame them for selling.  I want to have prints that are the same size as the original they are made from. How do I go about this?  I have done some research online and from what I understand, I would have to actually take a picture with my camera but I my camera is not very fancy.  Can you give me some advise on how this all…


Added by lori savage on August 26, 2014 at 9:24am — 6 Comments

YUPO PAPER Exciting and Frustrating

Well I just bought my first package of Yupo paper, Right on the cover it states do it on YUPO a different way to watercolor. This synthetic paper is 100% Polypropylene has a smooth finish, Acid Free I purchased a 9x12 pad 10 sheets at $11.99 Cnd. which is still expensive but it is relatively new in a 74lb weight but it does come in other sizes even in rolls.

There isn't alot of info or videos currently on the web but the artwork I have seen created on this new paper is definately…


Added by Cat Demkiw on August 25, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments

Thank You

Thanks, everyone, for all your very nice comments on my last picture - Blossom. I don't get on here as often as I would like.  It's a scheduling thing for me.  I never seem to have enough time for the extra fun stuff....


Added by Linda DaPra on August 16, 2014 at 6:59pm — No Comments


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