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Are you looking for a new art medium? Maybe you’ve been considering colored pencils, but need a few reasons to really give. . . read more

When I first started thinking about becoming a professional artist (and by “professional,” I mean an artist who creates art. . . read more

If you’ve thought of writing a book someday (or already have), you’re in good company. Statistically, 80% of the population. . . read more

I recently performed a solo at church. It wasn’t the first time for a solo, but it was different this time. In times past, the. . . read more

Located in the heart of Michigan, Saint Johns is home to Ivan Iler, an artist with a very unique set of skills. Whether it be sculpting, carving, painting or working on motorcycles, Ivan shows craftsmanship and passion in all of his many trades—yet his pride and joy is metal sculpting. . . . read more

Making art may be “just a hobby” for a lot of people, but not for artists—even part-time artists. Sure, making art. . . read more

Where are you located? I just moved to Santa Barbara, CA two months ago! Your full-time job and/or education? I’m a painter,. . . read more

Every now and again I like to check the list of search engine terms and phrases that brought readers to my blog. Given that my. . . read more

When I first started dabbling with colored pencils, I’d already been oil painting for many years. I didn’t want a. . . read more

"John Ursillo's colored pencil pieces are absolutely brilliant. Every colored pencil piece I've observed is strengthened by John's ability to capture light and texture. [He] explores what many describe as a difficult medium with apparent ease: A true master." Brian Sherwin, Art Critic I can add nothing to Brian Sherwin’s comments about John Ursillo’s . . . read more

Some time ago, I wrote a demonstration series describing how I use the Flemish method of oil painting in my own work. The Flemish. . . read more

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