It’s finally fall, and this bright orange eye seemed like the perfect cover for Halloween! Who doesn’t love the smell of autumn as we get settled in to create art and ponder all the wonderful images to appear on our blank surfaces.

As I browse through my social media, I am thrilled at how popular colored pencil is, but even more astounded at how far it has come. The skill level of some of these new and young artists is truly amazing and I am excited to share a few of them with you this month. We will start with entrepreneur Sema Martin, a professional portrait artist who has a wait list of up to 4 months. She will answer her most common commission questions to help us learn her recipe for success. Also young and fabulous, we are featuring 17-year-old Austrian art prodigy Melina Wuggonig. We look forward to following the careers of these talented women.

With new seasonal activities looking for support, you may be approched about giving your art to a cause. Before you do, make sure to read “What to consider before donating your art.” Then, Barb Sotiropoulos will help you find out if you’re ready to teach and how to get started.

In our workshop series, Gayle Mason provides a lovely blue bird that I know you are going to enjoy drawing. Next, we spotlight the brand new Tombow 1500 series colored pencils – learn more, view the artwork created with them by Tim Jeffs, then visit to win a set of your own.

Show off your colored pencil pride with our brand new Colored Pencil Artist Sketchbook. This 5×7” hardcover, spiral notebook features a cool color changing vinyl decal and is a great deal at just $9.99 – while supplies last!

Also, we want to let you know that our White Pencil Expansion Pack is back in stock, but we still only have a limited amount available so get them while you can.

Lastly, be sure to enter our Book of the Month Giveaway 101 Textures in Colored Pencil by Denise J. Howard.

Sally Robertson