Tag: sketching

Welcome back! Yes, you’re right, I skipped a week. Sometimes life doesn’t fit my schedule. Sometimes I’m just along for the ride. I try my best to keep to what I promise. I try hard. I usually succeed.

After a week of recovery from Cirenaica which included organizing my workshop notes, followed by a week of fireworks and birthday candles and setting up for a new round of paintings, I’m back on task. Well, I’m back on task as much as my summer distractions allow. Squash is growing, tomatoes are showing up, and banana peppers scream, “Pick me! Pick me!” Flower baskets beg for water.



The dog wants out to laze in the sun then wants in because the flies and mosquitoes are driving her crazy.

It seems a long time since I’ve devoted myself to my sketchbook. I’ve been preoccupied with the first novel and now writing the second, while still editing and revising the first. But I have to sketch because I cannot paint until I sketch.


Sketching finds the feeling that feeds my wrist and fingers and brushes to make the paintings I want to produce. This year I’m concentrating on mixed media, stylized images that express comfort and love. I want to make things that make other people smile and feel good.

And more… I’ll see how far I get this week and what catches my interest.


See you back here next Sunday (or some day during the week). Would you like to keep up with the Greyhairs Rising community? Sign up for the latest updates.


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It’s late! And there’s your prompt. What is late? Late for what? Or wait – is it latte?

Write it. Paint it. Scribble on a wall. #amwriting #ampainting http://mefuller.com

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The most beautiful word in your world.

Write it. Paint it. Scribble on a wall.

#amwriting #ampainting http://mefuller.com

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Write it. Paint it. Scribble it on a wall. What is freedom for you, for others, for the environment, for anything or anyone? Please post your freedoms. #amwriting #ampainting #freedom http://mefuller.com

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Happy to see you back this week!

I hope you have your support group in place, because now we’re going to take a look at online learning, which can overwhelm the inspired student. You’ll need somebody in your life to encourage you to take a break!


Last week we claimed our support group.  Did you find a local artist/writer group to join? Did you explore author or artist blogs? Do you have a favorite or two? Have you researched workshops in your budget and locale? Did you join our Greyhairs Rising Facebook group? Keeping your support group alive and growing is critical to your success. We all need feedback and we need encouragement.

Online learning. So many options. Not enough time.

If you’re anything like me, once you start online research, you become overwhelmed with all the information and you can easily lose track of what’s important to your current work or level.

How can you decide what to keep for now and save for later?

  1. Focus – what is the focus of your current work? What do you hope to accomplish? What’s your goal?
  2. Theme – what is the theme of your current work?
  3. Struggle – what are you struggling with in your current work? Stick to topics that can help you find your way through to success.
  4. Time – limit the amount of time you will spend on the research each day. Make sure you allow for creative time and exercise.
  5. Bookmark – keep a log of sites you want to revisit or save for later. You can use a notebook, Word document or spreadsheet for this.

Online resources for you to explore.


  1. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/resourcesforwriters
  2. https://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-writers-2016/
  3. https://geediting.com/blog/the-120-most-helpful-websites-for-writers-in-2016/
  4. http://www.writersdigest.com/writersresources
  5. http://www.dailywritingtips.com/7-great-online-research-resources-for-writers/


  1. http://www.art.net/links/artref/resources.html
  2. http://thevirtualinstructor.com/blog/8-painting-websites-and-resources
  3. http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2015/07/20/fine-arts-programs-slowly-move-online
  4. http://www.jerrysartarama.com/free-art-instruction-videos
  5. http://www.artistsnetwork.com/free

And thousands more. Explore. Bookmark. Use.

Spend the week searching through these resources and see where they lead.

Prompt: Produce one piece from each resource and share your work with us.

Next week’s topic: Grants.   

See you back here next Sunday night!

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It’s week 9 of Greyhairs Rising. I’m happy to see you’ve come back! This week we’ll examine value – your value as a creative person and the value of the work you do.


Last week was a tough one I’m sure. Rejection is never pleasant but we discovered that we can learn from rejections if we apply some self-reflection to the message.  I’d love to hear from you about how you work with rejection.


There are a lot of ways to talk about artistic value. For this lesson, we’ll focus on only two:  creative self-worth and marketplace value on creative arts.

I’ll admit that I’m struggling with how to propose a meaningful lesson on creative self-worth. You can find self-help, self-talk, rah-rah platitudes all over the internet. Every approach I take to this topic starts to sound empty and redundant.

We’ve been working on self-acceptance and self-reflection and for most of us, work or no, we can identify the urge to create that makes us artists. How do we add value to that? I’m opening this up for discussion. Please share with the rest of us what it means to you to value yourself as a creative person.

Two Pansies, M E Fuller 2016

Two Pansies, M E Fuller 2016

Market Value.

The easiest part of this lesson is how to value your work – what is its selling point? When do I give work away?

After years working as a freelancer in graphic design, I learned that your value is reflected in the amount of payment you receive. If you work for less, you’ll be paid less. If you work for more, you might not work.

The way to get the pay you deserve is to provide quality work worthy of the price paid. This means, that just because you like your tulip painting or your poem about waterfalls or your story about Harry the goat, does not mean that the quality of the work is on par with similar work in the marketplace.

If you put in the hours and are a flexible learner and you study the work of others and you listen to your fellow artists, you’ll become skilled and you’ll find a market niche.  You’ll also find appropriate price points, just by paying attention.

SOLD, Daylily sketch. M E Fuller 2016

SOLD, Daylily sketch. M E Fuller 2016

You never, ever, give your work away in trade for exposure. At the very least, charge a rental fee. If the exposure has value, then someone will see your work and offer to buy it outright. And always retain your copyrights.

If you visit my online shop and note the prices, I can tell you that they are in line with the quality and skill represented in the work. I’ve been told that my prices aren’t high enough, but I know my work and feel comfortable with their prices.

I have a couple of pieces that I will probably never sell because they are astonishingly good, would sell, and then I wouldn’t have them any longer.  I know the value of my creative-self by knowing that I cannot part with my very best work.

Roses, M E Fuller

Roses, M E Fuller

I hope you have a great week. I’m happy to answer questions. Please join our Facebook group and start a conversation.

Prompt for the week. 

Compare two pieces of your work. Find the highlights and the areas that can use some work. Re-write or re-paint or re-draw (whatever your medium) to create a third piece that surpasses the quality of the originals. Keep notes on what you noticed were areas for improvement and places that show you were at the top of your game!

Next week’s topic: Support.  

See you back here next Sunday night!

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Sketchorama was supposed to open on November 18 but we had that, you remember, 10 inches of snow. The power went out in the gallery building so no show. It just couldn’t go on. Happily, the show opened last night. We arrived early and had some quiet time to sit and study the sketchbooks. There were 51 participating artists from around the world.

The New Bohemian Gallery, opening of Sketchorama

The New Bohemian Gallery, opening of Sketchorama

The organizer, Martin (Marty), should be proud of himself. The show is such fun and illustrates a wide range of talent and styles. I’ll bring you a longer, well thought out post full of fun facts about the exhibit and participants after I get photos.

Note to self: Don’t take cell phone pics in low light. Useless enterprise.


Sketchorama runs through January 14, 2017.

1001 Kingwood St, Gallery 226

Brainerd, Minnesota

Hours | Tuesday – Saturday | 12:30pm – 5:00pm or by appointment.



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I will be showing my work through a “Preparing to Paint” sketchbook, developed over a 3-month period, at The New Bohemian Gallery. Sketchorama opening reception is November 18 from 5 – 8 p.m. The gallery is located in the Franklin Arts Center, Brainerd, MN. Please join us. The show will run through January 14.

The New Bohemian Gallery
Franklin Arts Center
1001 Kingwood St | Gallery 226
Brainerd, MN 56401

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday | 12:30 – 5 pm


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