A Peek into Jacki Kellum’s Studio in the Ozark Mountains.

Roses in a Striped Mug – Jacki Kellum Acrylic Painting January 21, 2021 Today, I was painting, and before my still life fell apart, I decided to snap a shot of my setup–in the spot where I actually paint. I live in a house that is about 125 years old, and I paint in a…

How to Create a Text Dummy for a Picture Book in Microsoft Word

In my opinion, creating a text dummy in Microsoft Word is crucial for the writing stage of creating a picture book, and the great news is that the process is quick and simple. In this post, I’ll show you how to create a text dummy for the standard, 32-page picture book. Keep in mind that…

Fear Is the Artist’s Worst Enemy – It Causes Writer’s Block

Fear is the worst thing that can happen to anyone who hopes to create. Fear prevents the painter from painting, and it forces the writer to edit himself literally to death.  Barbara de Angelis wrote an excellent treatise on Fear: [image credit Amazon] “Imagine that you had a person in your life who followed you…