Newsletter Issue #15, November 2011

In This Issue:

- CyberMonday Discount

- Scratchboard Demo

- Holiday Merchandise

- International Society of Scratchboard Artists

- Studio Update

- Gratitude


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CyberMonday (through Thursday) Discount
For my Etsy and Bonanza Shops

I'm sending this newsletter out far later than I'd planned, and since you're receiving it ON CyberMonday, I'll extend the discount through Thursday, December 1st.
With coupon code "cybermonday" take 15% of anything in my Etsy or Bonanza shops. You'll find a selection of my original art, reproduction prints, note cards, earrings and magnets.

"Feather & Driftwood"
My first scratchboard drawing on a white board
- Available on Etsy -

Goat Earrings
Laminated paper with sterling hooks
- Available on Bonanza -

Scratchboard Demo
Friday December 2nd, 6 - 9 pm

As one of the Auburn Old Town Gallery's featured artists for December (along with jeweler Darlene Becker and wood turner Don Lawson), I'll be demonstrating scratchboard technique at the Gallery on Friday evening. I work on two types of boards, either white or pre-coated black and I'll have samples of both on hand to discuss. If you're in the Auburn, CA area on Friday evening, please stop by!

"Pinto Filly"
Ink on White Scratchboard

Holiday Merchandise
Ornaments and Christmas/Holiday Cards

If you send out Christmas cards and haven't purchased yours yet, check out the cards I have in my Zazzle shop. The front features one of my holiday-themed images and you can customize the inside greeting. You'll also find an assortment of ornaments in my shop. Use them to decorate your own tree or give them as gifts.

Golden Retriever Ornament

"Santa's Little Helper" Card
Customize the greeting!

International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA)
Dedicated to Promoting Scratchboard as Fine Art

In recent years an International group of artists have been experimenting, pushing boundaries and honing their skills in scratchboard, working to move beyond illustrations into the creation of fine art. It was discovered that a large portion of the general public and art community had little knowledge of this medium. When entering juried shows, often show organizers do not know what category to put scratchboard art into and some would even exclude it from shows without ever seeing the work or understanding what scratchboard is capable of in the hands of fine artists. ~ From the ISSA web site

I'm excited about this new organization (officially launched in October) and I jumped at the chance to become a member. I'm currently an "Active" member and will submit my work for "Signature" status at the first jurying opportunity in 2012.

"Blue Oak 2"
part 2 of a scratchboard triptych

Studio Update
Still in Progress

Not surprisingly, the studio project has taken longer than planned. The hold-up was us getting our stuff out of the garage so we could put down the epoxy floor paint. Now that's done and our contractor is nearly finished with his job - building a wall to split the garage roughly in half - so it's almost ready for me to furnish the space and move in my art. I had hoped to have a grand opening this year, then that became a "soft opening" in December . . . well, now it'll be a grand opening on Mother's Day weekend of 2012. Once I get the space set up though, I'll be open by appointment, so sneak previews are possible prior to the grand opening.


This will be my last newsletter for 2011, so I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all, from my newest customers to my established clients, friends and family for your business and support. Without you, I wouldn't be able to maintain a career doing what I love so much - creating animal art.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, a Merry Christmas
and a peaceful 2012!
- Ann