FYI on Book Promotion

First: I don’t know if I’ve actually mentioned this or not but…I’m not promoting these books in order to get royalties. I know some folks think you get rich writing books (and ask any author, that usually doesn’t happen unless your name is Stephen King!)….but I know the reality. Lots of authors out there keep their day jobs!

I’ve committed to God that I don’t need income from the book. For me, the work that went into these books is an act of love and devotion, and it’s a ministry to help other Christians deepen their faith. Even events and other promotional work is being done without profit beyond basic expenses like travel – I’ll even be donating a big chunk of any royalty checks to charity. I’ve seen lots of folks get tripped up becoming reliant on income from ministry products they sell, and while I don’t begrudge anyone an income, I want to keep my motives clear of profit motives.

However – I DO keep talking about the books because I really believe they’ll be helpful! If I didn’t think so, I wouldn’t be jumping around waving my hands in the air, asking people to look at the book site.  There’s great resources over there, including links to get the books, galleries of samples and sketches, videos, etc – and I have SO appreciated everyone who’s been sending the link out to their friends, churches, and ministry groups, sharing reviews on websites after purchasing the books, and sending me pics of themselves with DA BOOKS!

Signed books now available

The signed books are available! The only online place you can get them is at my friend Ellen Hutson’s store – I’m so glad she is carrying them! I signed them all last night, and will be delivering them first thing this morning (Thursday) – order quick, there’s not a ton til we see what the demand is for my John Hancock. And no, I didn’t sign it from John. haha! Links:

FYI the books do make great Christmas gifts. Add a pack of colored pencils or a little watercolor set and make Mom’s morning on December 25th!

Book signing and demo in Seattle

A little fun news: on January 27 2019 (tentatively), I’ll be doing a book signing and Bible journaling demo at the Daniel Smith store in Seattle! WHEEE!!! I thought there’d be some kind of demand for demos but thus far….this is the one place that wants me to come. So all you locals, please mark your calendar for January 27, 11-12:30 so I’m not sitting there all by my lonesome! (I’ll confirm on my blog when I’m sure; I’m working on a Puerto Rico trip in January and need to be sure of my dates before the signing is 100% certain.)

What? Me, teaching a class?

I’ll be teaching at Daniel Smith! I’ve been on a long hiatus from any in-person teaching, partly because I’m not enjoying travel very much any more. But this doesn’t require anything more than a drive to Seattle, and it’s a straight-up art class….which makes me very happy! (No kits!) They’ve been after me to teach watercolor there for a while, but I still am not confident enough that on a particular day I can create a specific type of painting as a teacher – if you follow my instagram, you know I’m all over the place, sometimes washy, sometimes tight, sometimes halfway in between. (And you don’t even see the messes I make in between!) So I’ve been reticent to do any teaching there.

However…in talking with my pal (and personal shopper) who works there, I decided to do a class on something I do know, and it’s a topic doesn’t require me to be “on my game” watercolor-wise (ha) on the day of class: design! I’m a geek about things like composition, contrast, color, focal points, etc. So I’ll be putting together a class on the topic for February 2019! It’s not on their blog yet but will be sometime soon:

Expression Through Composition Workshop
Feb 2 2019, 10:30-4:00
Cost: $75 (Watch the Daniel Smith blog – once the class is posted, it’ll be there.)
Artists in all mediums have a common challenge: creating a work that truly communicates what the artist is trying to express!
How does a landscape, portrait, or other piece of art “speak”? As artists, we can learn to develop our message, create it intentionally, and speak clearly to our viewers through a sheet of paper or a canvas!
Artist and author Sandy Allnock will discuss communication through placement, editing, value, color, and more. “Before and after” examples will show the impact of these artist tools, and will demonstrate in a variety of mediums, including pencil, watercolor, and Copic marker.
Students will be filling their sketchbooks with very quick studies from photographs to apply learnings, and interactive reviews of student work will instruct the whole class, too. No “finished” art will be created, but resource photographs will be provided for individual development of artwork following class as desired.
Students of any medium and at any level can benefit from this workshop. It’s recommended that students bring an adventurous spirit: this class will encourage deep thinking and quick sketching!
Sketchbook: Bring one that’s 9×12 (or larger) – paper should be appropriate for mediums to be used. Instructor will use a Bee Paper (mixed media) sketchbook but most anything will work for this class.
Sketching medium: whatever you prefer for sketches of approximately 5×7 size. Soft sketching pencils (6B+), conte crayons, etc.
Coloring medium: whatever you prefer to add color to sketches. (watercolor, colored pencil, etc)