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Sketching has begun for a new Jane Austen-inspired art piece. Maybe it's just the weather, but I have been drinking copious amounts of hot tea lately. I think Jane would approve. Pencil, drawing, sketch, teacup. By Shalom Schultz Designs.

"Eight Legs" - Original Fine Art for Sale - © Brande Arno

Sunflowers in Winter

Watercolor sunflowers painting by Shalom Schultz Designs. Pencil drawing, sketch, illustration. Mixed media art with paint, colored & graphite pencils. Yellow brown & orange color study.

First lines of a new drawing. Can you tell I'm itching to start gardening? This time I'm working directly on the watercolor paper - will add color & ink details later. No tracing or transfer paper this time. Getting rid of my 'crutches'. Very thankful for my 4H pencil which doesn't leave a line if I need to erase. :-) Culinary herbs. Kitchen art. Potted herbs, plants. Container gardening. Kitchen art, illustration. Pencil drawing, sketch.

Lace pattern pencil drawing, sketch. By Shalom Schultz Designs.

I like to imagine that Jane Austen always had a vase of fresh flowers sitting on the corner of the desk where she penned her letters & manuscripts. So, of course, my tribute art piece would not be complete without them either. Pencil, drawing, sketch, vintage letters. By Shalom Schultz Designs.

Finally bringing the first sketch from my Jane Austen - inspired art piece to life with vibrant orange details! Tea, teacup, drawing, pencil, watercolor, painting. By Shalom Schultz Designs.

F593340480: Leghorn-Light Brown Rooster Canvas

Sneak at my Jane Austen-inspired work in progress...this corner's devoted to reading & writing - something I plan to do a lot of this winter (hoping I'll look up from my book one day & it will be spring!). Journal, pencil, sketch, drawing. By Shalom Schultz Designs.

Prep work for my new painting-masking all the areas that I want to remain white so I can paint directly over them, achieving smoother color. I didn't have any masking fluid on hand when I did my last painting & having to painstakingly work my brush around all the tiny white details was exhausting. It's well worth the investment of cash (the fluid is a bit pricey but you don't need a lot of it) and time, since this 'extra step' will actually speed up the process later on. When I've finished…