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Snowy Owl Painting in Watercolor

First Step: Sketch I wanted this snowy owl painting to be cold and wintery, with a grey sky and stark contrast against the dark sky, white owl, and the light and dark tree. Every so often, we get a large winter influx of snowy owls. I'm told, by those in the know,...

Laughing Dragon Speed Drawing

Laughing Dragon Speed Drawing

I love watching speed drawing on Youtube. Some of the artists on there are amazing! Check out Marchello Barenghi painting some hyper-realistic gummy bears, or this self-portrait in oil by John Larriva. Anyway, I thought I'd give it a try myself. I set out...

Poor Sad Goblin

Poor Sad Goblin

Fantasy Illustration Step-by-Step I love watching other artists work and seeing how they work out an illustration from original sketch to finished process. Thought I'd share this step-by-step of an unfortunate goblin, completed quite a while back. I found this series...

Resilience Beats Talent Every Time

Resilience Beats Talent Every Time

Resilience in art may just be more important than some innate talent. I teach art classes sometimes, and - in my opinion - one of the most damaging myths in our society is that some people are magically gifted with music or art or creativity, or the ability to run six...

Magnetic Magic Teaching Activity Guide

Magnetic Magic Teaching Activity Guide

Like all the educational picture books at Arbordale Publishing, Magnetic Magic comes with a free Teaching Guide filled with fun and educational activities as a companion resource for teachers. You can download the PDF here or by clicking the image. Books [ess_grid...

Coloring Pages – Loon

Coloring Pages – Loon

Did you know that loons often carry their babies on their backs? I didn't, until I began working on this painting of a loon for Why Do I Sing? I made a coloring sheet that you can print out and color to have your own picture of a loon. Just click the photo at right to...

A Second Release as Board Books

A Second Release as Board Books

Whooo! I am more than a little excited to announce the re-release of Where Do I Sleep? and Why Do I Sing? as board books. The original text has been shortened, and the most appealing of all the animals have been selected for the re-release of these books, which, in my...

Andrea Gabriel

Andrea Gabriel is an artist living in Bellingham, Washington. She sells original artwork and prints of her watercolors, as well as writing and illustrating books for children.

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