Come for a walk through the forest in this woodland-themed issue, inspired by our incredible featured artist Kathryn Hansen whose work will evoke emotion for nature and all its creatures.  

First, we want to thank Faber-Castell for providing a sample of their new Pitt Graphite Matte pencil in our print issues. We are spotlighting them so you can learn why these are not your average graphite pencil – and even a world’s first! 

Next up is Jennifer DiArenzo, who creates her colored pencil portraits by first burning the image into wood. It is so fascinating and gorgeous! Following, we have Mandy Peltier answering your questions about dealing with competition rejection and how to stay positive when things don’t go your way. 

Esme Griffiths shows us step-by-step exactly how to turn your artwork into eco-friendly greeting cards while you admire her stunning nature pieces. Megan Seiter graciously returns to demonstrate how you can create fuzzy textures as you recreate two adorable stuffed animals on sanded paper – followed by an article by me on dissolving colored pencils using oms and a tea strainer. It’s a simple trick that I hope will inspire you in your next project. 

Our book of the month is fittingly titled Learn to Draw Forest Animals by Robbin Cuddy. We give just a few samples of the many included in this book, simple enough for artists of all levels. 

March is the last month to enter the “White to Bright Challenge,” where you take the all-white image and recreate it using your choice of colors and extras for a unique piece of art. It’s a great exercise in creativity, and I hope we can get enough entries to keep our challenges going! The $1,200 in prizes from Jerry’s Artarama should help inspire you as well!   


Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Wishing you luck all month long! 

Sally Robertson


  Thank you to this month’s sponsors:

Blick Art Materials | Faber-Castell |   Jerry’s Artarama | Legion Paper | Quarto Publishing