How to draw a cardinal with a basic 12 piece crayola colored pencil set

learn to color a cardinal

For years I dismissed colored pencils, they seemed so basic, so unimpressive.  After discovering what can be done with colored pencils in 2019 it changed my perspective. I was wrong.  Did you know there are “tricks” that can be done with these basic colored pencils we’re all used to seeing?  Things that involve rubbing alcohol…

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The surprising superpower that comes while grieving

superpower that comes while grieving

In the depths of that hardest part of deep grief, there is also a grieving superpower that often reveals itself. I was talking with a friend last month as the one year anniversary of her husband’s passing was approaching, “Noelle, I feel like I’m in a freaking movie, like it can’t be real. All the…

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Third eye chakra – intuition, breath, art

Eagle pose wall art to support brow chakra

The third eye chakra (also known as the Brow Chakra) This I admit is the most intriguing chakra for me.  Ever since I was little and I saw people from India with the red dot between their eyes it made me curious.  I now know that these Bindis are worn by women of many religions in…

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10 ways to make money as an artist or creative

make money as an artist headline photo

  Last week I shared all about how to jump from your 9-5 into your creative business. You can read all about there here.   Today I’m sharing 10 money making ideas specifically for artists and creatives. I believe the world is a better place when we get to share out gifts with the world…

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So you want to go for your dreams, but how… really?

white lights across store

Tonight I was asked the question, “How did you get the courage to drop the things(like a draining 9-5), and pursue your passion? How did you know you wouldnt fail? Mostly….how do you stay motivated when/if the future seems unclear??”   My answer is creative specific but I think it can help others as well. Feel…

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Mr. Rogers portrait done in colored pencils

photo compared to drawing

I poured my heart into this new portrait of Mr. Rogers, this one took me around 12-14 hours.  The portrait is a little larger than my other colored pencil portraits (around 11″x14″).  I love being able to capture more detail in these larger sizes than I can in the smaller 5″x7″ size. I made this…

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New portrait – a man nicknamed Dauber

Noelle drawing portrait of man

Brand new portrait is finished. I’m loving how much detail these colored pencils are allowing me to get. See the video come to life in this time lapse video: If that video has problems loading you can also click here. Here are some detailed sneak peeks:   I’m obsessively practicing and learning more as I…

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want to see your loved one in colored pencil? I’ve found a new medium I love!

portrait in colored pencil

I’m learning a new medium… colored pencils. Want to see your loved one in a colored pencil portrait?   Announcing a summer special portrait offer. Limited openings. (If the video above didn’t load you can watch the time lapse video of a portrait here.) I have 10 openings for colored pencil portraits this summer find…

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bringing ornaments into Mother’s Day and funerals

ornament hanging from vase

Last fall while having a coffee date with one of my oldest friends she told me that she has the ornaments she bought from me hanging in her kitchen. Then another customer sent me a photo of her ornament hanging from the top knob on a canister.  hmmm, it got me thinking.  Why can’t these…

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