along-sand-creekFall is one of my favorite times of the year. Changes in light, color, and even the feel of the air enliven the senses.

It’s also a great time for long, afternoon walks. The photo above was taken on one such walk along the Sand Creek River Walk here in Newton. As you can see, my husband and I weren’t the only ones out.

Though we were the only ones not waiting for a meal to swim into reach!

EmptyEasel published four of my articles in September. Subjects ranged from experimenting with old drawings using Photoshop to tips on deciding whether or not to participate with charity auctions. Most of the articles are valid regardless of your medium, so I hope you’ll find them helpful.

I also hope you’ll take a moment to let me know if you have questions about any of the articles. Leave your questions in the comment box below and I’ll answer them to the best of my ability.

In the meantime, enjoy!

2 BIG Questions to Ask Before Donating Art to a Charity
There’s an ongoing debate about whether artists should participate with charities by donating artwork. Non-artists are familiar with charities and simply donating money. But if you’re an artist, odds are good you’ve also had a charity approach you—sometimes out of the clear blue—and ask if you’d like to donate one or two pieces of artwork to their fundraiser auction or raffle. Read More

How to Start Drawing with Erasers
Erasers are good for more than just fixing mistakes in your drawings—they also make great drawing tools. Don’t believe me? I didn’t believe it either until I started drawing clouds this summer. In the course of experimenting with graphite and a variety of subjects, I discovered several great techniques for drawing with erasers. Here are a few of them. Read More

5 Secrets to Becoming a Successful Portrait Artist
It’s possible to make money painting portraits for clients, but it isn’t easy. Nor is it a get-rich-quick proposition. I’ve been painting portraits of horses for fun and profit since I was seventeen. Most of what I’ve learned, I learned the hard way. Some of it isn’t taught in school but should be; some just can’t be taught in a classroom. Today I’ll share five of the most important lessons to help you avoid some of the pitfalls I encountered. Read More

How to Redesign Artwork Using Photoshop
Like most artists, I have my fair share of unsold artwork sitting around the studio. Typically, these pieces haven’t sold simply because they are so subject-specific that they’re hard to market to a new buyer. The drawing below is a 16×20 colored pencil drawing originally created as a study for an oil portrait. I hoped to sell it to the owner of the horse or to someone else connected with the horse, but that didn’t happen. Read More