Andria Burchett
Beech Tree Buzz newsletter
fine art in colored pencil
It's Not All Bad...
My mom used to casually tell me that "some days are better than others" whenever I had a little life crisis. That simple bit of wisdom recognizes that sometimes you just feel lousy, but it's not going to stay that way.

Recently I spent 7 hours in the emergency room, needed to have extensive work on my car, crashed my computer, stood on the roadside at night by my broken down car (two days after the extensive work was done), and missed a deadline- all within 4 days.

Here's the good news; Everyone is healthy, I met a delightful tow truck operator, my wonderful neighbor was waiting for me at the service station to take me home, my computer works like a charm and I was mistaken about the deadline date and did NOT miss it!  

Often there are blessings in unfortunate situations.  I spent a good deal of time last year working on a piece that compliments some of my other work.  I had protected the white areas with a liquid product sold for just that purpose, but when I went to remove it (long after I should have), it would not come up.  I erased, scraped, sanded, and eventually called the company to find out what they recommended I do to remove it.  

I bought yet another product to get rid of the first product, which in the end put a hole in my paper.  And I mean clear down to the table, as big as the end of a pencil.  I put it away in a drawer and have not looked at it since.  

This mishap has freed me up to work on pieces that I am more excited about, and has allowed me to jump ahead in my plans.  Once I decided to just let it go, I felt free to spend time on more challenging projects that I had put off.  What was once becoming a chore has become my respite again.  

It's a new day!

Now Accepting Online Registration for Classes:
Early Summer

So Simple, Yet So Difficult

The Primary Workshop is coming up next month and if you haven't already tried it consider joining this one day workshop on April 14th.  This study will guide you through the thought process of creating a full range of colors while using only three.  (By the way, the above three drawings are done using only the primary colors!)  Once you master this technique you will have a clearer understanding how to choose from your box of 150 colors!  

Primary Workshop April 14
Sepia and Cream Workshop October 27
Christmas Card Workshop June 4, 11, 18, 25
White on White Workshop September 8

Time to Draw!


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