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Well, just finishing up a few writing deadlines before going full tilt into art. I went out and bought a new drawing table to put into my office/studio. Getting really excited about this, it just feels right. Thank you everyone for your support!

Added by Thom Futrell on March 18, 2014 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Off the Net

Recently we've lost home internet. We have wifi at the library, when space is available, but there is not the ability to upload any images at this time. I am also very limited on communication until we get our home internet back...didn't have the ability to write to individuals who may be wondering about what happened to me...just wanted to put a note here to say I'm kind of off the net temporarily.

Added by Alisa Manning on March 18, 2014 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Art Show

This art show was in Morgan City Louisiana. I really enjoyed it. I was places by two very good friends. Caroline Simoneaux and Rhonda Dennies. Rhonda wrote the Green Bayou Series books. We had a great time and I actually sold more than…


Added by Darlene R. Businelle on March 13, 2014 at 9:06am — No Comments

The Ides of March

Well, beware the Ides of March. Spring is almost upon us. I've been painting steadily since the first of the year and have gotten pretty good feedback on my efforts. 

I've watched what seems like a million painting tutorials, and for the most part, they have been pretty helpful. and best of all, nobody has told me to quit painting. So. I consider that a definite plus.

That's actually not a really telling statement, because everyone on The Art Colony is always so supportive and…


Added by Ronnie Egerton on March 14, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments


I just found out that my publishing house, my home away from home if you will, is closing down in a few months making my biggest seller, EMPTY GRAVES unavailable. A lot of my friends are worried about me, and I do admit, it's like having a stake in the heart. Part of my soul died. As strange as this may sound, I'm okay with that. I am looking at this as an opportunity to explore art as a secondary income. I've heard other writers say they paint a picture with words. Well, I am going to tell…


Added by Thom Futrell on March 1, 2014 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Winter Woes and Winter Whoas

My winter woes have turned into winter whoas! I  started the year off with a bang, declaring that I wanted to try my hand at art. Well, I have. I painted about 17 or 18 pictures in as many days.And I must say , it has been fun and certainly educational. Most of my little pictures have been well received by kith and kin,  though I know most are somewhat prejudiced by the fact that they love me and don't want to hurt my feelings. And many of my peers on The Art Colony site have been most…


Added by Ronnie Egerton on February 28, 2014 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments


Social media has been a blessing to me! I was recently accepted as a "friend" to one of my art role models Lee Hammond. She agreed to look at one of my portraits that I created while studying one of her books. She told me that she couldn't critique it because it wouldn't be fair to her students, which I understand. She looked at it and really did give me her opinion: She said I was doing a great job and told me she wished I would take her classes. She said I would advance very quickly! That…


Added by Thom Futrell on February 17, 2014 at 6:18pm — 2 Comments

Colouring Outside the Lines

When I was a child, the best thing that we ever got as presents were colouring books. We always got new crayons and books at Christmas time, and we would spend hours colouring away. There was a point at which the figure would be coloured and you tried to keep colouring inside the lines so that it would be perfect. But, for me, there was always that leftover "negative" space, outside the lines, that lay there, flat and thirsty for colour, so I always coloured that in as well. I went through…


Added by Rook on February 17, 2014 at 8:55am — 3 Comments

Thank you note

How or where do I go to thank an Artist for their comments?

Added by Jack Bond on February 13, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments

What do I do now?

I have "painted " about fifteen pictures since I started about a month ago. I've mostly been dabbling in pastels and watercolors so far, just trying to find my niche.

I always  feel odd saying "painted". about the pastels I've done, because they're chalk. not paint.But I guess that's the novice in me, showing.

My brother and his wife came to visit from Padre Island last weekend. He is quite an accomplished artist and has placed highly in many art competitions, and I value his…


Added by Ronnie Egerton on February 11, 2014 at 4:43pm — 1 Comment

Cold wax Painting

If any one is doing cold wax painting Please let me know. 

I can give u recipes for making the cold wax from your encaustic medium.

Added by Novella Creasman on February 10, 2014 at 9:19am — No Comments

Art Show

This is Caroline Simoneaux and I. We were asked   to show our art at a banquet in a town about 18 miles west of here. About 200 people attended.  The committee only picked  6 of us out of about 20 artist. We really enjoyed it but no one bought anything not even a small item. The up side is this…


Added by Darlene R. Businelle on February 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

I have been at this trying to learn about different kinds of art for about a month.

I have  been at this trying to learn about different kinds of art for about a month.I sketched a little when I was a  girl, a million years ago, but never seriously., and never with anything more than a piece of typing paper and a Number 2 pencil.

So here I am at almost 74 trying to teach myself by watching online videos and a using a few meager art supplies I got for Christmas. I'm propped up on my kitchen table trying to make an effort.

The response of my friends and family…


Added by Ronnie Egerton on February 6, 2014 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

May be buying a real art studio!!!

For many years, I have contemplated buying a property in Ontario’s Prince Edward County.  Land of wineries and a very healthy Art Trail, PEC still boasts property prices that are wayyyyyy below Toronto’s stratosphere real estate. Prices are edging up, though, as more and more Toronto people buy vacation homes and retirement properties there.  I want to retire there eventually and become part of that lovely Art Trail. So……………yesterday I bit the bullet and put in an offer on a 2.66 acre…


Added by Ev McTaggart on February 5, 2014 at 11:54am — 10 Comments

Victorian House Tutorial is Finished!

I am so happy to be able to say that I finally finished my Victorian House Tutorial for you! Feel free to send me feedback. I'm always  open to suggestions and questions. You can find the tutorial in the How-Totorial group. If you are not a member you will need to join. Once you are a member look for…


Added by Gail Dennis on January 30, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Traveling Artist

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…


Added by Thaneeya McArdle on January 28, 2014 at 12:58am — 12 Comments

Painting Mother

My mother turned 90 just recently. After much thought on what to get her the obvious struck me - paint a painting for her. And so too was the subject matter = the things she loves most - us kids. Weell we are not kids so much as very mature adults now :) My sister and me that is.

Anyway, it was a struggle to make that painting and frankly I am not sure it is right even now. 

You may be…


Added by Alan Brain on January 27, 2014 at 4:43am — No Comments

Tutorial Writing Progress

WOW! I didn't realize all the work that goes into doing a tutorial especially when you want to make it easy to follow. What really drove me crazy were the illustrations and trying to draw them up in sequence to the written directions. Still this is a lot of fun for me. I love to teach and being the perfectionist that I am, you can imagine how many times I did and redid those images until I was satisfied. Does a large basketful of rejected images give you a hint?

One of the biggest…


Added by Gail Dennis on January 24, 2014 at 2:19pm — 2 Comments

One Man's Blog

I wish to thank the wonderful people who have viewed my work.a most welcome felling for a "newbie", to The Art Colony,David

Added by john david anderson on January 24, 2014 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

My Tutorial is Almost Finished!

Here's another tease for you...

Added by Gail Dennis on January 22, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment


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