It’s so great to have a month to celebrate LOVE! To get started is featured artist Kate Woodliff O’Donnell whose artwork carries a theme of love. Her large-scale images are detailed and well thought out, making them the perfect inspiration for February.
To inject a little fun, we have the Whimsical Animals of Erika Clarke. How brilliant to perfectly render these creatures and then add humor with fun accessories. We have more out-of-the-box creations from the Non-Objective Art of Alessandro Keegan. He uses colored pencils to produce smooth and mesmerizing patterns and shapes that evokes the imagination.
Love is in the art! We wanted to see where you create and nourish your love of colored pencils, so we asked for some images of your art spaces and to tell us what you love most about it. Thank you to all who answered the call to give us a little tour.
Next, we are spotlighting Derwent Coloursoft. Check out these affordable artist-quality pencils to see if you want to add them to your collection!
Our Book of the Month is Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists by Carla Sonheim. Follow two labs, from the 52 projects that are included, to make drawing fun. Subscribe to win or follow the link to buy it.
Announcement! We are excited to let you know that Mandy Peltier is our new Q&A columnist. We know she will give you some fresh insight on many topics, pulling from her vast experience as an artist, brand ambassador, and teacher. Mandy’s list of credentials is impressive and too long to post here, so visit her website at www.mandypeltier.com to learn more. Get familiar with her style as guest instructor for this month’s Workshop Series. Mandy has provided a gorgeous red rose on drafting film (something many have asked to learn more about). Perfect for your Valentine!
Finally, the moment I’ve been waiting for . . . the NEW Clownfish Grizaye Drawing Kit is now available. It’s not just any kit – it is part of a new Limited Edition Artist’s Series that we are launching with the artwork of Lisa Clough that you can only purchase through 2022. Draw her amazing “Clownfish” when you use your colored pencils on top of a grayscale image on Legion Stonehenge paper. Since Lisa is famous for her work on the Derwent tins, they are providing each kit with a FREE blender pencil. Download the bonus list of recommended Derwent Procolour pencils for this kit (available in our store while supplies last). Be sure to take Lisa’s online class to help you get pro results. Buy both the kit and class, in the same order, and we will throw in an extra Grizaye sheet – free! Visit www.grizaye.com to learn more.
Last, 3-month Print & Digital Subscriptions are back, this month only, and on sale for just $24.99. Membership includes many perks, like winning some of the $1,200 in prizes in our White to Bright Challenge that ends April 1st.
Thank you to all who participated in the Valentine’s Exchange,
and a Happy Valentine’s to you all!