Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all! The final issue of 2021 is here and it’s a good one. We are featuring Tom Strutton and his amazing colored pencil work.

We start the issue with the winners of the 2021 Art Competition selected by Barbara Dahlstedt. Visit the website to view all the incredible entries at Thank you to our sponsors Blick, Legion, and Caran d’Ache for providing so many great prizes!

If you want to know how to get a more painterly look to your work, Lana Gloschat is here to show you how. Next, Adrienn F.K displays her “Fragile Things” series with colors that pop against black backgrounds.

Take a fabulous workshop with Susan Rubin to create waterdrops on a leaf. This would make a fantastic gift or select something from our Holiday Gift Guide with some of our favorites this year. Three lucky people will win an 8×10” 10-pack of LuxArchival paper. Sign-up at

Also in this issue, Cat Tarallo tells you how a share of her drawing on social media helped boost her confidence. Share your art with someone in the upcoming Valentine Art Exchange, ending January 1st, and make a new art friend. I hope you will participate – it could really mean a lot to someone you don’t yet know!

Good luck finishing up all those last-minute projects,
so you can make time to relax and enjoy the holidays!

Sally Robertson


  Thank you to this month’s sponsors:

 Blick Art Materials | Brush and Pencil | Caran d’Ache |  
Quarto Publishing  |  Sara Renae Clark