Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2017 art competition! We received some truly amazing pieces, and we appreciate the work that Morgan Davidson put into choosing our 12 winners. View those finalists in this issue, and then visit our online gallery to see all of the entries.

We are so happy to have Dianna Wallace Soisson as our November featured artist. Her gorgeous art is perfect for fall. We know you will enjoy perusing her drawings as well as learning more about her art journey. This issue begins with the work of Charlie Askew, a beautiful compliment to Dianna’s work. When I first saw this piece, I questioned if it could really be artwork until I saw the work in progress pictures that he so generously shared with us. You will have to see for yourself!

Next, in response to many requests, the Art Gear Guide reviews the elusive Holbein Artists’ Colored Pencils. Then Alyona Nickelsen gives us an exclusive study on how to paint with colored pencils using techniques that will speed up your time, even on large scale pieces. And last, Barb Sotiropoulos helps jump-start your art business when you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed.

Order your 2018 CPM Calendar now for it to arrive in plenty of time for Christmas. Speaking of the holidays, check out the Jerry’s Artarama 2017 Gift Guide included in the print copy and available for download here:

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Sally Robertson