This is some of my favorite books on art right now. I go to these for inspiration and to practice different styles of art. I mostly practice calligraphy, illuminated lettering and Celtic design when I’m not working on too many other projects. The Fantasy Art Masters is one of my oldest treasured art books. It’s one of my biggest inspirations for my art.


Finding Place through Art and Science: The Field Journals of Lyn Baldwin

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Originally posted on Ekostories:
I began my first field journal in Belize, during my time there for biology field school. Each evening after night walks I would jot down a list of the day’s seen species under the fluorescent hum of generator lights. Flipping through the spiral-bound notebook now a decade later, I wish I…

Experimenting with Prismacolor pencils and Polychromos

I have been using Prismacolor pencils for a good amount of time now.  They are great for layering color.  They can help you put more precise details into your paintings too.  I wait until a painting is dry and then I can add some detail whith a well sharpened pencil.  I have never used Polychromos, but I ran across this great product review about Prismacolor vs. Polychromos:

Lianne Williams does such a good job at showing the pros and cons of both pencils. She shows good comparison pictures of using both in different drawing techniques.  I definitely would love to try both pencils in my art some time after reading her product review.

Shading with Pen….or what I do with those Old Microns

This has some great advice for saving old micron pens to shade in your ink drawings.

My Tangled Adventures

A lot of us that Zentangle or Doodle use Micron pens.  And if you do use Micron pens, you know how easy it is for those nibs to get crushed if you exert too much pressure on them.  And if you’re as addicted to this art form as many of us are….you know we go through a lot of pens.  Don’t throw out those pens that are a little past their prime – there is still some life left in them!

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It’s another snowy day in the Northeast, and I’m perfectly fine with it.  I don’t mind the snow and I know I’ll look back on the winter fondly when the heat of the summer sets in.  Today was not only make a video day, but I did finish…

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Digital Art Apps

If you’re interested in digital art, there’s a lot of great apps out there to help you get started.  Wether you are an experienced digital artist or interested in beginning, these apps make it so easy to experiment with creating digital art.  A lot of them are fun to use and also, there’s a lot of YouTube tutorials for them.  One great use for these apps is how you can use them anywhere. Traveling with these apps can give you a great opportunity to do travel sketches and paintings.  Some of these apps have files in them, so it’s easier to organize and find your projects as well.  Here is some links and information on the apps currently available for iOS and android.

1.  Inkist app is free for a limited time with iOS:

2. This link is for a great current 2016 list of art apps for iPad:

3.  This is a link to a list from 2015, but it has a couple of apps not mentioned in the list above that are still good apps to use for digital painting or sketching:

4.  Some of the great free apps on iPad include:

Tayasui Sketches,

Bamboo paper:

and many Adobe apps.

5.  Painter Mobile is an android app that is available at Amazon and on Google play:

6.  This is a link to a list for android digital art apps: