Hanna in the AWA Online Show

This commissioned pet portrait of Hanna the harrier hound has been accepted for the American Women Artists’ Spring Online Juried Show. It’s an honor to have been selected! Competition is always tough in the AWA shows. This show was open to Associate & Associate Members with Distinction (I was promoted to “with Distinction” last year). Don’t know if I’ll ever make it to Signature status, but I’ll continue to try.

This drawing is a 5″ x 7″ scratchboard, with watercolor. The reference photo was provided by my client. See in-progress stages in this album.

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“Heart of San Pedro” – Accepted in “Animal Impressions” Exhibition

I’m thrilled to learn that “Heart of San Pedro” (Western Screech Owl) has been accepted in the Society of Animal Artists‘ “Animal Impressions” Exhibition at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The show runs August 21 – November 7, 2021.

This drawing is an 8″ x 8″ scratchboard, with watercolor. I took the reference photo at the San Pedro River Preserve in Arizona a number of years ago, so it’s fitting that the drawing will debut in AZ.

I have a number of scans of this drawing in progress, but I still need to run a couple of them through Photoshop to clean up. Then I can create a short video of the stages. I also have video of real-time drawing on this piece. Once I get that edited, I’ll post it for subscribers on SubscribeStar. I’m trying to get that platform off the ground, but haven’t had a chance to create new content for it.

This post is part of my new strategy to share announcements & updates here instead of on Facebook, so I’m making a little progress on the “pivoting” strategy I discussed in my last post.

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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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