Andria Burchett
Beech Tree Buzz newsletter
fine art in colored pencil
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

My husband, Steve, goes to great lengths to make sure the bird population in our back yard is well taken care of.  We have multiple bird houses scattered around to accommodate the variety of feeding preferences, and he dutifully trudges through the snow all winter so that we may enjoy watching these small creatures from our window.  However, to his great frustration, much of the seed has gone to the squirrels and deer.  Two steps forward, one step back.  He revised his strategy, put out some pepper bird seed (did you know that birds can't taste?), and the birds have once again returned.  
I had planned on finishing up a colored pencil drawing the other day, but instead of putting my signature on it, I wound up erasing a portion of it so that I could make some revisions. 

That doesn't really bother me.  Oh sure, I'm a bit frustrated at first for not catching my mistake earlier, but I realize this is all part of the process.  There is a natural "tension" of what works and what doesn't, what needs to be enhanced and what should be quieted, what is meaningful and what is just "noise".  I rarely get it right the first time, and in truth I'm glad it isn't easy to create art.  To me the struggle means I've had to earn the pleasure of putting my signature on it.
colored pencil by  Mike Tartaglia
Beech Tree Studio 
   Announces Call for BTS Artists for Upcoming  Exhibition,
"A Bird's Eye View" 

GreenFields, Geneva
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colored pencil by Carolyn Kraft

Photo Realistic Portraits
with Michiyo Fullerton
Colored pencil is a marvelous medium for portraiture!  It offers the control needed for accurate drawings, the ability to layer up rich colors and contrasts, and the translucency for vibrant skin tones.

Beech Tree Studio instructor, Michiyo Fullerton, will be teaching her unique brand of portraiture in this one day workshop, Photo Realistic Portraits. 
You won't want to miss it!
colored pencil by Michiyo Fullerton

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