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140 Q and A

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Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: January 22, 2018

 

Topic: Q and A

 

Points of Interest:

John and Lisa are back with a fresh batch of Q and A responses!

 

-Do you continue to take art classes, even though you’re professionals?

-How in the world do you come up with pricing for portraits?

-How do you get a “pinprick point” on your pencils?

-My final work looks drab – how do I make it brighter?

 

 

Links Referenced:

Colored Pencil Painting Bible by Alyona Nickelson

Derwent Super Point Sharpener by Derwent

Inktense Lightfastness Rating Chart

Colored Pencil Touch- Up Texture

Colored Pencil Titanium White

 

 

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John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

If you want more colored pencil inspiration, snag a FREE sample issue of the COLORED PENCIL MAGAZINE here!

 

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RERUN 139 Interview with Morgan Davidson

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Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: January 15, 2018

 

Topic: Interview with Morgan Davidson

 

Points of Interest:

In this interview, John and Lisa chat with Morgan Davidson about her art school experience, career after graduating, and large social media following. If you’re looking to grow your career, you’ll want to tune in and learn from her experience!

 

Links Referenced:

Morgan’s Website

Morgan’s Facebook

Morgan’s Instagram

 

Ready to take your business to the next level? Check out the copywriting and blogging services at Clarity & Flair:

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John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

If you want more colored pencil inspiration, snag a FREE sample issue of the COLORED PENCIL MAGAZINE here!

 

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135 Q and A

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Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: December 18, 2017

 

Topic: Q and A

 

Points of Interest:

You love asking questions, and John and Lisa love answering them! This episode features the answers to these listener-submitted

 

-How do you avoid a grainy/gritty look with colored pencil painting?

-Which side of Stonehenge paper should I be using?

-What advice do you have for someone transitioning to art as a full-time job?

 

 

Links Referenced:

Brush and Pencil Art Group on Facebook

UArt Premium Sanded Pastel Paper (Lisa likes 500 grit; John prefers 600 or 800 grit)

Fisher 400 Sanded Paper

Stonehenge Paper

 

 

Have a question you’d like to hear featured in a future episode? Submit to John and/or Lisa here:

www.sharpenedartist.com/qanda

www.lachri.com/faq

 

 

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www.clarityandflair.com

 

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John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

If you want more colored pencil inspiration, snag a FREE sample issue of the COLORED PENCIL MAGAZINE here!

 

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115 Water Soluble Graphite

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: July 31, 2017

 

Topic: Water-Soluble Graphite

 

Points of Interest:
In this episode, John and Lisa discuss their experiences using Water-Soluable Graphite in colored pencil projects: techniques, supplies, and more! Be sure to check out the links section for many of the specific products mentioned. If you try water-soluble graphite, be sure to show us your work!

 

Links Referenced:

Water-Soluble Pencil: Graphite Aquarelle

Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper

ArtGraf Water-Soluble graphite

 

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Store-Colored_Pencil_Painting_Portraits.html

Creative Colored Pencil Workshop book

 

Free 30-day Audible Trial

 

Ready to take your business to the next level? Check out the copywriting and blogging services at Clarity & Flair:

www.clarityandflair.com

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

Here's some of John's quick attempts with the medium:

 

 

 

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111 Should You Keep Your Day Job?

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: July 3, 2017

 

Topic: Artists: Should You Keep Your Day Job?

 

Points of Interest:
John and Lisa have received many questions from artists who are wondering about the right time to quit their day jobs. In this episode, you’ll hear candid stories from both hosts and sage advice about the big decision to make art a full-time career.

 

Links Referenced:

Will Stoller: Unmask Art

https://www.youtube.com/user/UnmaskArt/videos

 

Beginner’s Colored Pencil Course

http://sharpenedartistacademy.teachable.com/p/beginnerscpcourse

 

Cafepress

http://www.cafepress.com/

                    

Merch by Amazon

https://merch.amazon.com/landing

 

 

Ready to take your business to the next level? Check out the copywriting and blogging services at Clarity & Flair:

www.clarityandflair.com

 

Free 30-day Audible Trial:

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John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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110 How to Get in the Mood to Draw

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: June 26, 2017

 

Topic: How to Get in the Mood to Draw

 

Points of Interest:
Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to draw, but John and Lisa have a list of tips to help tackle your project! From knowing your ideal environment to looking for new sources of inspiration, you’ll be ready to get yourself in the mood to draw again after this episode.

 

Links Referenced:

Google Arts & Culture

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/

 

Colored Pencil Magazine

http://coloredpencilmag.com/

 

 

Ready to take your business to the next level? Check out the copywriting and blogging services at Clarity & Flair:

www.clarityandflair.com

 

Free 30-day Audible Trial:

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John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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103 Creative or Copying

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: May 8, 2017

 

Topic: Creative or Copying?

 

Points of Interest:
Many people think that photo realists are copying, and are therefore limiting their creativity. Is it possible to use photo references and be creative? John and Lisa believe so, and offer their tips for making it happen.

 

 

Links Referenced:

Google Nik Collection

https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

 

Adobe Photoshop

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop.html

 

Interview with Cecile Baird

http://sharpenedartist.com/podcast/cecile

 

 

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John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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102 Marco Raffine Pencils

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: April 31, 2017

 

Topic: Marco Raffine Pencils & Finding Reliable Reviews

 

Points of Interest:
John and Lisa discuss the Marco Raffine pencils: their lightfastness, material make-up, sharpening, and how they perform in fine art and other projects.

These pencils have “deceptively high reviews” on sites like Amazon, so how can you determine what feedback is reliable? Your hosts continue the discussion by giving you some guidelines for finding great reviews on various platforms.

 

Links Referenced:

 MARCO RAFFINE PENCILS (amazon affiliate link)

Molotow Grafx Art Masking Liquid Pump Markers (amazon affiliate link)

Free 30-day Audible Trial:  Audibletrial.com/cppodcast

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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101 Working on Deadlines

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: April 24, 2017

 

Topic: Working on Deadlines

 

Points of Interest:
If you’ve completed at least ten pieces, you may be ready to start entering contests or taking commissions. With those obligations comes a new facet: working on a deadline.

John and Lisa guide you through the process of determining a deadline, identifying potential setbacks, and maintaining positive client relationships when you need an extension.

 

Links Referenced:

 

Free 30-day Audible Trial:

Audibletrial.com/cppodcast

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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098 Time Management for Artists

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: April 3, 2017

 

Topic: Time Management for Artists

 

Points of Interest:

Today’s episode features a Voicemail question from a listener who wants to know how to balance art and all of life’s responsibilities and distractions. John and Lisa talk tips, tactics, and strategies for developing the habits needed to improve art skills.

 

Links Referenced:

Pomodoro Time Management Technique

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

 

Asana Time Management Program

https://asana.com/

 

Free 30-day Audible Trial:

Audibletrial.com/cppodcast

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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093 Prepping to Teach a Workshop

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: February 27, 2017

 

Topic: Prepping to Teach a Workshop

 

Points of Interest:

This episode is packed with relevant tips for preparing to teach a class or workshop. John and Lisa talk about choosing a location, the importance of preparing well in advance, selecting a payment method, and creating a positive vibe for your class.

 

Links Referenced:

 

Episode 027: Are You Ready to Start Teaching?

http://sharpenedartist.com/podcast/2015/11/23/027-are-you-ready-to-start-teaching?rq=teach

 

Submit a question for one of next month’s Q and A episodes here:

www.sharpenedartist.com/qanda

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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092 Fixing Mistakes

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: February 20, 2017

 

Topic: Fixing Mistakes

 

Points of Interest:

Continuing with the “mistakes” theme this month, John and Lisa talk about several tools and techniques for correcting mistakes made in colored pencil. Be sure to check out the links section below for specific product suggestions mentioned!

 

Links Referenced:

 

Episode 010: Eraser and Removing Mistakes

http://sharpenedartist.com/podcast/erasers?rq=010

Tombow Mono eraser (amz affiliate link):

Faber Castell erasers:

http://www.fabercastell.com/products/more-products/eraser

 

Strathmore 500 Series Bristol paper  (amz affiliate link):

 

The Colored Pencil Painting Bible by Alyona Nickelson

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Products-Colored_Pencil_Painting_Bible.html

 

Powder Blender

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Products-Colored_Pencil_Powder_Blender.html

 

Titanium White

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Products-Colored_Pencil_Titanium_White.html



 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri


 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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091 Misplaced Marketing

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: February 13, 2017

 

Topic: Misplaced Marketing

 

Points of Interest:

Not all marketing is created equal! John and Lisa chat about several branding/marketing moves that just don’t work for artists. Are you using your time wisely? Listen in to find out.

 

Links Referenced:

www.patreon.com

www.kickstarter.com

www.indiegogo.com

www.gofundme.com

 

Our listeners can receive a FREE 30-day Audible trial:

www.audibletrial.com/cppodcast

 

John recommends listening to “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield.

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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086 Setting Art Goals

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: January 9, 2017

Topic: Setting Art Goals

Points of Interest:

As the new year kicks off, many people are making resolutions and setting goals. John and Lisa share 8 tips for setting art goals this year, and encourage developing goals that are specific, measurable, and time sensitive. With the right goals, you’ll find that you are driven and focused on moving forward!

 

Download the Goals Workbook!

 

Links Referenced:

Lisa’s DIY Dry Erase Board video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqLqQa9ChFs

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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083 Colored Pencil on Sanded Paper

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: December 19, 2016

Topic: Colored Pencil on Sanded Paper

Points of Interest:

If you’ve been hesitant about trying sanded paper, you’re in good company—John and Lisa were both unhappy with sanded paper when they originally tried it, but have since been converted. Will it chew up your pencil? Can you really get fine details? Tune into this episode for a discussion of grit, sourcing information, and personal experiences with the use of specific techniques and tools like OMS and powder blender.

Ready to get started in colored pencil?  Download my guide today!  Just enter your email address.

 

Links Referenced:

UART sanded paper

http://uartpastelpaper.com/

You can pick up the trial pack of UART Sanded Paper here (amz affiliate link):

 

Fisher 400 sanded paper

http://www.proartpanels.com/fisher400-proart-panels/

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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081 Colored Pencil Gift Ideas

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: December 5, 2016

 

Topic: Gift Ideas for Colored Pencil Artists

 

Points of Interest:

Gift-giving season is upon us, and John and Lisa have compiled a list of fabulous options for the colored pencil artist in your life. Follow the links to purchase for a friend, family member, or maybe as a present for yourself!

Some of the links below are Amazon affiliate links.  Affiliate links will help support Sharpened Artist at no additional cost to you!

Links Referenced:

Powder Blender Kit and Texture Fixative and Synthetic Hog Hair Brush

Sticky Putty

Colored Pencil Magazine subscription

Tombow Mono Eraser

Electric Erasers

Caran D’ache Luminance Colored Pencils

Derwent Drawing Chinese White Colored Pencil

Prismacolor Col-erase Pencils

Reference Photo Subscription Options - Shutterstock, Graphicstock, stock photo 99club, iStockphoto

Richeson Drawing Clipboard

Orbital Easel

Classes or workshops:

Craftsy, Patreon, SA Academy

UArt Sanded Pastel Paper

Kum Long-Pointed Sharpener

Derwent Super Point Sharpener

3-Drawer Wood Pastel Storage Box

YouTube Colored Pencil Playlist

Yupo Paper

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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080 Powder Blender

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: November 28, 2016

 

Topic: Powder Blender

 

Points of Interest:

This week’s episode is a product review of the Colored Pencil Powder Blender from Brush and Pencil by Alyona Nickelsen. John did not have a successful first experience when testing the product, but Lisa shares some tips and tricks she has learned that yield successful results. Here’s a hint—the proper applicator is everything!

 

Links Referenced:

Purchase Powder Blender here:

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Products-Colored_Pencil_Powder_Blender.html

 

Alyona Nickelsen’s instructional video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4MLp_kUUxA

 

Alyona Nickelsen’s artwork:

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Artwork.html

 

Wild Portrait Artist: Monique Castellani-Kraan

https://www.facebook.com/WildPortraitArtist/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

If you don't have Alyona's book yet, pick it up today!  This is still one of my go-to resources. (Use my Amazon affiliate link below at no additional charge to you.)

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

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075 Printing Your Artwork

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: October 23, 2016

Topic: Printing Your Artwork 

Points of Interest:

High quality archival prints are a must if you plan to sell them, and there are several ways to obtain them. John and Lisa compare the various options and suggest a host of print sites for you to consider.

Links Referenced:

Vistaprint

www.vistaprint.com

Robin Imaging (Cincinnati, OH)

www.robinimaging.com 

Fine Art America

www.fineartamerica.com

Shutterfly

www.shutterfly.com

Great Big Canvas

www.greatbigcanvas.com

Imagekind

www.imagekind.com

Art.com

www.art.com

Epson Printers

www.epson.com/printers

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com. 

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068 Color Theory Part 2

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: September 5, 2016

Topic: Color Theory: Part 2

Points of Interest:

John and Lisa are back with the second installment of their two-part series on Color Theory. This time, you’ll hear a conversation on some of the more practical applications, including color matching tips (see the link for John’s webinar below), tips for achieving neutral colors (including white), and how to practice determining whether colors are warm or cool. You’ll also hear some fascinating information on color perception among different cultures.

Links Referenced:

Lisa's YouTube video on using eyedropper tool

Sharpened Artist Academy—Beginner’s Colored Pencil Course

                             **** FREE WEBINAR****

Click here to snag your spot in John’s FREE webinar on Color Matching in colored pencil.

Click here to register

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

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065 Incorporating a Sketching Habit

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: August 15, 2016

Topic: Incorporating a Sketching Habit

Points of Interest:

In response to a listener’s question, this episode addresses the rationale for developing a sketching habit and recommended materials, techniques, and subjects. John and Lisa have differing approaches to sketching, so you’ll hear multiple perspectives as you listen!

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

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