In this busy season, remember to take some time for yourself and create a little art – even if it’s just a few doodles in a sketchbook, or get started on our holiday Monthly Art Challenge.

I am personally honored to have Renée Graef be our featured artist. I remember reading her illustrated books to my daughters with Little House and American Girl being so popular in our home. It is a treat for us all and I know you will enjoy her story. For additional content, visit the link under her photo. I think you will find this video interview very interesting!

Also inside this issue, we have a great article from Heather R. Hitchman who discusses what it is like to show your art at a convention. Next, Barb Sotiropoulos points out the warning signs to avoid online scams. If you have enjoyed Barb’s advice, you will want to get her NEW Best of Barb’s Q&A: Your Colored Pencil Questions Answered book, now available for pre-order and delivered in time for Christmas! Purchase at a special low price when you reserve your copy this month at

If you have been journaling, or thinking about starting, you will enjoy reading about Rhiannon Jones’ sketchbook journey. Our guest instructor this month is Mel Unger who is giving us a great workshop with her colorful hummingbird. To make it easier, you can always download the line art, supply list, and photo from our website.

In the Spotlight are the new Kingart Color Pro colored pencils. Win a set to test – I think you may be surprised at how nice these feel. Visit our giveaway page to learn more at

At the end of the month, we have our biggest sales of the entire year. On Black Friday we will discount our single print and digital issues, then on Cyber Monday get our very lowest subscription prices we offer. Be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out!

This is also the last month to get your artwork and weblink into our first Look Book: A Directory of Colored Pencil Artists. We will be distributing this free to everyone and giving print copies to representatives of all the major art companies as well. The deadline to enter is 12/1!

If you are a subscriber, you will be receiving your 2020 COLORED PENCIL Awards Nominee form followed by the official ballot this month. We count on your participation to select and award your favorites of the year. View the current winners at

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sally Robertson
Editor-in Chief

Thank you to this month’s sponsors:

 Blick Art Materials | Caran d’Ache  | Derwent |
Jerry’s Artarama  | Kingart, Co. |    Quarto Publishing