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Rosalien Hanssen replied to Thaneeya McArdle's discussion (July 19, 2014) Profile of the Week: Rosalien Hanssen
"Hei Bette-Jane Schnabel thank you so much for your nice words.  I was on holiday and  saw your message today!! sorry!!!!!! Thanks again Rosalien "
8 hours ago
Carla Cryptic replied to Thaneeya McArdle's discussion Profile of the Week: Robert Tranchida
"I enjoyed reading the Q & A and seeing some of your artwork!  Personally, I never take offense if I can help it.  ;) One thing I resonated to in the Q&A was how making time for art while still working full time means getting less…"
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Robert Tranchida replied to Thaneeya McArdle's discussion Profile of the Week: Robert Tranchida
"If I offended older artists I'm sorry it's just my opinion and what I meant by when you get old you lose it meaning you may be losing the ability to paint or your life in general so if you do all you can when you're young you'll…"
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Sharon Daugherty replied to Thaneeya McArdle's discussion Profile of the Week: Robert Tranchida
"I was struck by the comment too, but it made me think about myself, and the perspective from which I paint. Is it more imagination, or is my work informed by experiences? I think when I was a young artist, I painted what my mind imagined but my eyes…"
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About Me

I am an artist, writer, traveler and founder of this website.  The Art Colony is a sister site to, which I founded in January 2009 as a fun way to share my art knowledge with people around the world.


Since then, Art is Fun has grown faster than I could have imagined.  I was getting so many emails from artists of all types and abilities - all who had unique experiences, valuable insights, and special talents to share.  I just knew I had to find a way for all of Art is Fun's thousands of daily visitors to connect with one another, share their art and help each other out with techniques and ideas.


Thus, The Art Colonywas born in May 2011!


I truly hope you enjoy this site and find it beneficial as you embark on your creative journey. Have a look around - ask questions in the forums, where you can also upload your art for feedback. Join a group and discuss tips and techniques for your favorite styles of art. Browse the site galleryand get inspired by the creations of other Art Colonists!


Please note:


If you have any art-related questions, or if you would like a critique of your work, I kindly request that you please ask in the forums or groups rather than email me directly.  This way, your question may be answered (or your work may be critiqued) by a variety of artists with a range of experiences.  Plus, other members will benefit from the public discussion.  It's a win-win!


I receive a high volume of emails each day and it's gotten to the point where I have difficulty responding to everyone in a timely manner, while also trying to balance my moderating duties here at the Art Colony, develop new content for, create on my own artwork, run my art business, maintain a household, and occasionally enjoy an evening walk along the beach... You get the idea!  As much as I would love to give everyone a super-speedy one-on-one response, logistically this has become nearly impossible. So you really will receive a more prompt response from your fellow artists if you post publicly here on The Art Colony, where a number of people may be able to help you.


Thank you for your cooperation!

In addition to creating these sites and adding new content on a regular basis, I also create my own art! You can see a lot of my art in my artwork here, as well as on my website,


I create art in 4 different styles: Photorealism, Abstract, Composite Realism, and Whimsy.

My art can be purchased as originals and prints


My art is also available in a wide variety of fun items, such as: t-shirts, iPhone cases, stickers, shoes, binders, lampshades and more


You can see the full range of my goodies at Here's a screenshot:


Recently, I've also started making my artwork available for the first time as coloring books!


These downloadable, printable PDF coloring books feature detailed black and white outlines of my art.  They can be printed as many times as you want for your coloring pleasure!


So far there are four coloring books available:

Mandala Coloring Pages, featuring 23 hand-drawn mandalas to print and color, and...


Sugar Skull Coloring Pages, featuring 21 pages with 35 detailed sugar skulls and 14 blank sugar skulls that you can print and color over and over!

Folk Art Birds Coloring Pages, featuring 16 pages of folk art bird designs that you can color, plus 4 pages of blank bird outlines so you can design your own!

Abstract Coloring Pages, featuring 20 highly-detailed groovy abstract designs!

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Thaneeya McArdle's Blog

Traveling Artist

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 12:58am 12 Comments

Last year, my husband and I decided it was time to live out our dream of exploring the world.

We gave most of our stuff to Goodwill, put the rest in storage, and embarked on a nomadic journey that has so far taken us to San Francisco, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. After that, who knows?! We've pared down all of our day-to-day material belongings to fit into 2 checked bags and 2 carry-ons, and we're loving it! Thanks to the Internet, we can still conduct business as usual (and I…


Sarasota Chalk Festival: Graffiti, Murals and More (Part 3)

Posted on December 14, 2011 at 5:29pm 0 Comments

The Sarasota Chalk Festival included not only chalk art, but also graffiti, murals and live performances! Since there was so much art to see in the weeklong event, I've divided my blog coverage into 3 parts:

  • Part 1 provides an overview and displays some outstanding chalk art (click here for Part 1)
  • Part 2 discusses anamorphic 3-D pavement art (…

Sarasota Chalk festival: 3-D / Anamorphic Chalk Art (Part 2)

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 5:30pm 5 Comments

Earlier this month I got to see some really cool 3-D chalk art at the Sarasota Chalk Festival, such as this large drawing by a team of Dutch artists led by Leon Keer:

You can click on the images in this post to view them a bit larger.



Sarasota Chalk Festival: An Overview with Lots of Photos (Part 1)

Posted on November 19, 2011 at 11:00pm 11 Comments

Earlier this month I attended the Sarasota Chalk Festival, which happened to take place just down the street from where I live!

Since it was so close, I was able to walk to the festival every day to see how the art progressed. This post contains a lot of photos and a…


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At 5:29am on July 26, 2014, Shazia Bashir said…

Thank you Thaneeya for setting up this wonderful site for all of us. M sure to learn a lot.

At 9:03pm on July 24, 2014, Leslie Wolter said…

Thank you so much!  Can't wait to get started!


At 4:11pm on July 21, 2014, Becky Bailey said…

Thank you for the welcome and for this site Thaneeya.  I'm super excited about it.  I started painting again a few months ago (after a busy life of 2 kids, owning multiple businesses and raising over 100 horses).  I enjoy it but have been having some trouble pushing myself to get at it, and frankly I have forgotten alot of techniques, etc.  This site, the challenges, and the forums will be the perfect prodding to motivate me.  I'm off to read the start up info.  

At 6:15pm on July 15, 2014, Amy Palmer said…

Thank you for the welcome Thaneeya.  I am trying to locate the artist that told me about this site.  I forgot her name.  She is a painter from the Madison, Wisconsin area.  She told me that she wrote a blog on here and featured a photo of a necklace that she bought from me.  It is made from paintbrushes.  Any suggestions on how I could try to find her on here or the blog?  Thanks

At 11:42am on July 5, 2014, Diane Scrivener said…

Hi Thaneeya... thanks for the welcome!



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