Some amazing things happened this past spring/summer. It’s like suddenly my art life went on overdrive. And I get windblown just writing it all down (I’ve listed everything at the bottom, if you are just curious).
But I know; I can hear you. You are saying “stop already with all the accomplishments!” Okay, no problem. I know there is a fine line between sharing and bragging. (Believe me, I am not bragging… I think I am just incredibly surprised.) But there is really one BIG thing I have to tell you about. Because this is my dream come true. The wishes granted from the genie.
And you know, those don’t come along every day.
In the middle of lots of other art excitement in late May, the Queen of the Colored Pencil Universe, Ann Kullberg, asked me to become a member of her team. After a few days of pinching myself, I accepted. And I am now part her team, bringing you Color Magazine and all of the other wonderful products and tutorials and workshops you find at annkullberg.com. I’ve spent the last couple of months settling-in with Ann and her crew and am now looking forward to all the fun and exciting things we’ll be rolling out for you in the future.
I am also going to be teaching colored pencil workshops across the country. My first two weekend workshops have been scheduled for October 2018 in Keizer, Oregon and Hamilton, Ohio in February 2019. Check them out. They are inexpensive and we are going to have a great time. (Plan to do a lot of laughing!)
When I was in first grade (just a few years ago, right?), everyone in the class was asked to draw what they wanted to be when they grew up. There were the obligatory dreams of being firemen and policemen and nurses and teachers of all the kids around me. I don’t remember my drawing, but I do remember what I said I wanted to be: a commercial artist! I had no idea where the term “commercial artist” popped out from. But I knew it meant that my dream was to make a living from art.
I think my dream is coming true.
From one artist and dreamer to another, a piece of advice: dream large and draw on!
Here’s all the latest:
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When I was a kid, the original Vans store was a bike ride away. and it was where we all got our shoes. Heck, some friends of mine even worked there. Plus, for a few extra dollars you could bring in a hunk of your favorite canvas fabric and Vans would turn it into a spiffy new pair of their comfy slip-ons.
Though I’ve been away a long time, the California surfer culture is soaked into my bones and it’s no surprise that the other day, while wasting a few minutes online, I got to thinking about those custom Vans and found myself exploring their website.Read more →