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I'm not ready to quit my day job. Not yet. But lately, I've been overwhelmed by the response my artwork has been getting and it's putting a powerful wind in my sails. A lot of it comes down to supplies...

This winter, I've been applying myself to new tools and moving on to professional brands. For example, the leap from store-brand watercolor tube paints to Winsor & Newton has been astonishing. And as I've invested in better supplies and taken advantage of the exhaustive tutorials available online, I have noticed my artwork taking on more professional personality. Take this celebrity portrait for example...

Jurassic Park Velociraptor

Ain't she purty? I painted her with Winsor & Newton watercolors, Derwent watercolor pencils, and a PanPastel background, all on Arches Hot Press 9x12 cotton paper. It was done on commission, but prints will be available soon. Stay tuned for news on that.

Well, to help cover the cost of these new materials, I've had to charge a bit more than usual for commissions. I was afraid this would slow things down, but it's had a reverse effect. I'm taking my artwork more seriously than ever, and so are my customers. I'm starting to feel like I could do this for a living. That's dangerous thinking, I know. Dream big, right?

I recently submitted some artwork to a magazine that I've been reading since I was a kid. I was overjoyed when the publisher contacted me last night and told me to look for my piece in their spring issue. I can't say more than that right now, but I will definitely let you know when it's released and how to find it.

These experiences are helping me see the value of my work, and I am so grateful for that. The list of people I owe for all this is long, and I would much rather express it in person. But hey, if you are reading this and suspect that you might have a thank-you coming your way, I'll put it here in all-caps just in case: THANK YOU!!!


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