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I’m excited that I will be taking this e-course by Holly Becker of decor8.¬† Hoping to find my way and improve my blogging skills!!

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Collaborate Crafting. I draw something then Ava Blu accessories it and makes it look beautiful.

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I have recently been playing around with adding more textured backgrounds to my illustrations. So I spent a day just creating some backgrounds the old fashion way. I used the covers of old books as the canvas and adding some paint and paper to create texture. It felt really good to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty. I need to take the time to do this more often.

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RT @SphereTrending: Ever wondered how all those paint colors get their names? Well… Here you go! http://fb.me/GpfXA8yj

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When I got a request asking for fruit artwork by noon tomorrow. My response was let me see what I can pull together. When in fact, I didn’t have any fruit artwork, but I do now.

Here are a few of the designs I was able to whip up in one night. Of course, if I had more time I would of been able to do more, featuring a larger varieties of fruit but all in all I’m pretty happy with what I was able to do while burning the midnight oil. Hopefully my client is just as happy with my results.

Hurry up and draw some strawberries!! Who doesn't love strawberries?!

...And watermelon. I love watermelon

Design featuring some cherries I had initially drawn for my Cowgirl Tales Collection. I was glad I had at least something I didn't have to completely create from scratch.

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I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by the lovely Brooke Clarke Fish over at her amazing blog Pure & Noble. You can read my interview and get a look around my home and studio here:

http://pureandnoble.blogspot.com/2010/08/around-house-and-studio-with-cindy-ann.html

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While I was in Denver attending the HOW Conference I had the opportunity to do some urban exploring and I couldn’t pass up the chance to stop at the iconic Rockmount Ranchwear, “THE” Western shirt store that created the pearl button snap shirt. I just¬† had to leave with their book. After arriving home and unpacking all of my goodies I prominently placed the book on my coffee table where I couldn’t resist flipping thru it on a daily basis. I just love all the embroidery details, gem stones and the seemingly unrelated icons that are made to feel western thru embroidery techniques and juxtapositions.

One Saturday as I flipped thru the book I was inspired to break out my pencils and sketchbook. I turned my Pandora station to Johnny Cash & Hank Williams Jr. with a bit of Carrie Underwood & Taylor Swift thrown in and started to get into my drawing grove. From that inspiration came my new Western Inspired Collection that I call Cowgirl Tales.

Here is a little preview and you can see the full collection on my website.

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