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A Busy Spring

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2014 by Lisa Mills

Happy Belated National Pencil Day! It was yesterday, March 30th and a fitting tribute to a lot of pencils I’ve sharpened over the last three months.Whew! It’s really been a busy spring here at the studio and at my house. As you may recall, last November, we lost our beloved Golden Retriever, Lucy. We still had our other Golden, Gracie, who took the loss hard herself. In January, we welcomed 8-week old Bailey to our family. Also a Golden Retriever, she’s been a sweet addition and is a really good dog – especially for a puppy. She’s about 4-1/2 months old now and growing fast. As you can imagine, puppies do take a bunch of your time and this one is no exception, but she’s been a delight. Right after Lucy died, I set about trying to create an appropriate tribute to her. I found a photo of her from a snowy day a couple of years back. She had such a captive expression on her face that I decided to use the photo to create a memorial portrait of her. This is A Requiem for Lucy.

A Requiem for Lucy Copyright

It’s done in 100% colored pencil on my favorite Art Spectrum Colourfix Suede paper. I’ve entered it and Reflections on Cool Jazz in the 22nd CPSA International Exhibition. The first round of judging is in a couple of weeks – we’ll see if either of these pieces are worthy of acceptance into this show. If one of them is accepted, I will receive CPSA signature status this year, so I’ve really got my fingers crossed.

The other thing that has kept me busy is that I have authored and illustrated a detailed step-by-step tutorial available to purchase on my website. You can see it in my previous post. It was also the subject of a workshop I conducted for my local CPSA chapter here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area earlier this month. It was my first workshop and I think it went pretty well. I had lots of positive feedback and a great group of students. It’s a little intimidating teaching award-winning artists in a workshop!

I’ve got a work in progress that I’m about to resume and then after that, I’ll have to wait and see what inspires me! Stay tuned…


Colored Pencil Tutorial Now Available

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 31, 2014 by Lisa Mills

Nut Bowl Reference Photo Copyright 72dpi


The Silver Nut Bowl Step-by-Step is now available on my website for purchase. It is a detailed step-by-step with photos for each step to help you along. A complete supply list is available in the tutorial. Click HERE to redirect to my website and purchase the tutorial.

Coming Soon! Downloadable Tutorial

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 25, 2014 by Lisa Mills

Nut Bowl Reference Photo Copyright 72dpi


I’ve had lots of requests for tutorials, so I’m incorporating a tutorial on my website of a workshop I’ll be conducting in Plano, Texas on March 22nd. This tutorial is available free to the workshop participants, but you can purchase it for only $15.95 after March 31, 2014 on my website,  This is a step-by-step approach similar to what I authored for Ann Kullberg, but the project is more simple and involves less steps. You will be using colored pencil on Art Spectrum Colourfix Suede paper to learn to illustrate this little silver nut bowl. The photo above is the reference photo you’ll be using in the tutorial. There is a photo and detailed instruction for each step of the project. A supply list will also be provided. All supplies are readily available at major online art supply retailers in the United States. My favorite retailer is  Once the tutorial is live and available, I’ll update you here…so stay tuned!