The flowers are in bloom and the sun is shining so let the inspiration flow – our featured artist Marie-Jeanne Fawer can help with just one look at her floral centerfold. Learn more about this fantastic Switzerland-born artist inside. 

Starting off this issue is botanical artist Megan Seiter with some amazing tips on working with colored pencils you might not have considered before. Then, we give you an excerpt from the book Drawing Lifelike Subjects: A complete guide to rendering flowers, landscapes, and animals. Inside, Diane Cardaci goes through the basics of drawing flowers. Get an exclusive 35% off from Quarto with code: STEPCPM thru 7/31/21!

It’s not all roses here – Isla Ferrer gives us a quick study on how she creates fur, along with some great insider tips. If you thought about getting your art in a gallery, you need to read Sema Martin’s pros and cons to selling and showing there.

Next, we are happy to share with you the work of Karina Delicia Simon. She creates drawings of origami art to coincide with the Chinese zodiac based on the color wheel. I know you will find her single-color work fascinating.

We are so thrilled to have Esther van Hulsen be our guest instructor this month. She is truly one of the most gifted colored pencil artists out there. She walks us step-by-step to create a falcon from a photo she took herself.

In the Spotlight, we have the brand new Derwent Chromaflow colored pencils. I test pencils all the time and I can tell you, there is something very special about these and I hope that you will try them to see how beautifully they lay down and blend. Derwent is generously giving away 5 sets of 24 to some lucky winners so be sure to enter before the end of June at

A big thank you to all the new Grizaye artists that purchased our kits, told their friends, and have even come back for more. We just had our first live online class and it exceeded our expectations, so look for a new kit and class soon. Sign up for our Grizaye newsletter to be the first to know and for exclusive offers.

Last, our Annual Art Competition is now open for entries, now through September 1st!

Sally Robertson