Pivoting!

While not generally a fan of trendy buzzwords, I do like the term “pivoting” and I’m doing it! Sometimes it just feels like random spinning, but hey, I’m trying. I’m working on new ways to share content and generate income, and my News section will become a combo of blog posts & news, or it will be, once I migrate the pertinent posts from my off-site blog. I want to consolidate as much as I can here on my web platform instead of on the Facebook art page, Flickr, Blogger, etc. I’m moving my videos from YouTube to Rumble and embedding the video links on pages of this site. The art posts I’ve been sharing on Facebook, and Flickr photos, will be available in a self-hosted album here as well.

For the income portion of the pivot, I’ve jumped on a subscriber site for sharing content at various paid levels. You may have noticed I’ve also added at “tip jar” widget – that little cup o’ coffee symbol in the lower right corner, courtesy of Buy Me a Coffee.

I really do enjoy sharing my art process, but I have to be honest and admit that I can’t continue to share all of it for free, especially with quite a loss of momentum due to the COVID restrictions that affected so many of us, in all professions, last year. I do see better things ahead for this year, but that’s not going to happen overnight. Already, I know that many art shows are on-line instead of in-person, or greatly scaled back. Open Studios Tours and workshops are “iffy”. Fortunately, the local gallery where I’m a member is open again with regular hours, and has been for a few months.

While pivoting, I’ve also realized that though it’s mostly fun, Facebook is quite the “black hole of time”, with minimal tangible ROI, and I really should focus my attention elsewhere. I’ll stay on to help manage a couple of groups and pages, but that’s it. Part of that realization leads me back to sending out a semi-regular newsletter.

My in-person scratchboard workshops will return later this year, once I see how things shake out, probably in August or September. Those will be held at my home studio. On-line, Zoom-type things are in limbo, as internet in our rural location isn’t great. But I can (and plan to) record videos that I’ll upload to Rumble and the subscriber site, and I’m open to suggestions for specific techniques students want to see on video.

This is a multi-layered process, and it’s going to take some time to make the complete switch, but I’ve started and will keep chipping away at it. Of course, I also need to continue creating art and working on commissions, but being a self-employed artist requires me to wear a marketing hat as well. Art is a business!

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Video – Cottontail Rabbit – Pen & Ink Drawing on an Ostrich Egg

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Ampersand Artist Ambassador

I’m honored to announce that I’m now an “Ampersand Artist Ambassador”!

Ampersand’s Artist Ambassadors are a select group of artists and instructors who represent Ampersand Art Supply through our knowledge and use of Ampersand’s materials. We have an interest and passion in sharing these materials and our techniques with our students and the public.

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Ampersand has supported the International Society of Scratchboard Artists from Day 1, and we are very appreciative!

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ACT Interview with Ann

LouCinda Laughlin interviewed me for Auburn Community Television‘s Meet the Artist series. I discussed scratchboard and my methods, shared examples of my work, and demonstrated my technique on an in-progress commission. Watch the video on YouTube.


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Videos – Bella, Manchester Terrier – Scratchboard

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“Chromed Grace” Accepted in AWA Exhibition

I’m thrilled to announce that “Chromed Grace”, my scratchboard drawing of a chrome greyhound hood ornament, has been accepted in the American Women Artists‘ annual juried Exhibition. I joined AWA at the end of last year, so this is my first time submitting work to one of their shows. Competition was tough with 1503 entries from 540 artists. 110 works were accepted (only 1 per artist). Click here for the list of accepted artists.


Due to logistics issues in light of the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Exhibition, “Making Their Mark”, will be held online, opening May 27th. The Exhibition runs through August 23rd. Works in the virtual show will be available for sale.

Here are a few of in-progress images of this drawing:

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“Strokes of Genius 10” Now Available

My scratchboard drawing, “Safety”, appears full-page in the just-released Strokes of Genius 10: Inspiring Subjects book published by North Light Books. I learned that this work had been selected for inclusion in September of last year; it takes quite some time for the books to be edited and produced. A sidebar article about Strokes 10 appeared in the Auburn Journal earlier this month. Another of my scratchboard drawings, “Tell Me More About Sheep…”, has appeared in Strokes of Genius 7 and Art Journey Animals (another North Light publication).

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Featured in “Step by Step” Article in {E-VOLVED} Magazine

In October 2016, I meet Christina Diaz, the editor of {E-VOLVED} Magazine, at the City of Trees Art & Ink Expo. She asked me to submit a scratchboard drawing as a step by step and I already had all the components from when I initially created the drawing of K9 Ronin. It’s pretty amazing where one’s art can end up, and it always helps to be prepared and open to ideas! I would never have imagined that one of my scratchboards would end up in a tattoo industry magazine, but there it is.

Click on any image for a larger version.

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“Let’s Go!” Receives Best in Show Award


It was a surprise and an honor to learn at the opening reception that “Let’s Go!” a scratchboard drawing of my friend’s dog, Fidget, received the Best in Show (Gold) Award in the Master’s (MSA) Division of the 2018 International Society of Scratchboard Artists‘ Annual Exhibition. The juror for the MSA Division, Jean Vance, had this to say about the drawing after I wrote to thank her for choosing my work for the Gold Award: “When I walked into the gallery, I immediately was captured by your entry; the composition, values and fine detail that exemplified the beauty and technique of scratchboard.  You are correct in saying that any in the Master’s division could have been considered, but yours spoke the loudest and spoke to me of joy.” I am truly grateful that she saw something special in this work, as the subject is a very special dog. Fidget was a senior dog with cancer when my friend adopted her, yet she thrived and is still going strong (although slowing down now) nearly 5 years later. The Best in Show Award belongs to Fidget as well!

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K9 Ronin Accepted in SAA Exhibition


“K9 Ronin” is headed to St. Petersberg Florida for the Society of Animal Artists’ 58th  Annual “Art and the Animal” Exhibition. The Exhibition runs July 28 – October 23, 2018 at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art. After the Exhibition ends in Florida, there will be a touring exhibition of select works, so it’s a possibility that Ronin could do some traveling. I’m honored to have a work selected for this Exhibition; SAA competition is extremely tough. I’m grateful that the judges saw something special in this drawing.

Click here to find our more about Ronin and see a “zoomable” version of the drawing.

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