• Annie Mason

Updated: 7 days ago

Announcing a new topic for future blog posts. I will be introducing YOU to artists who I am familiar with through seeing their work on POD (Print-On-Demand) websites or though their web pages. We will meet them through a "virtual" interview where I sent them a list of questions. So, here we go!

Who are you and what is your background?

My name is Michelle Brenmark, a.k.a. One Artsy Momma. I'm happily married to my best friend of 28 years, Ed. We have twin teenagers, Eddie and Catie, plus two dogs, Indy and Junior.

I'm a breast cancer survivor (5 years cancer-free) and self-taught artist.

I've been creating art since I was a child.While I did take a long hiatus from creating once I became a momma, I eventually jumped back into it; it was in 2012 that I decided to try out digital art for the first time. I saved up for a

Mactop laptop, a Wacom tablet, and this

fantastic software called ArtRage.

I taught myself how to create digitally, and I opened up my very first

Product on Demand (POD) store:

Zazzle store One Artsy Momma

What is your favorite medium?

In 2019 I stepped away from creating digitally and started using the real-deal. First starting out with watercolor paints, and lately, colored pencils. I am seriously considering trying out acrylic paint. I am going to experiment with this technique called paint pouring. I can't wait to try it out. It looks so fun, but it will be messy.

My favorite medium would be colored pencils, which is kind of surprising because when I first started using them I didn't enjoy the process. It's a slow way to create art because of the many layers of color you need to put down onto your paper as well as the process of blending the colors together.

What do you enjoy creating?

My favorite subjects hands-down are owls. They are so majestic and adorable.

(click the photo to see this image on a ceramic tile from zazzle)


When I found digital art in 2012 my main subjects were ladybugs. This is my very first ladybug painting.

(click the photo to see this image on a Poster at Zazzle) -->

Then I started my Wildlife Series: pieces that consisted of animals with a ladybug visiting them on their noses or beaks. This panda bear was the very first one that was created for the series.

(Click on the photo to see this image on a Throw Pillow from Zazzle)

What food, drink, or song inspires you?

Music is another form of art. I always have music playing while I'm creating. I love a variety of music genres, from classic rock to jazz. My ultimate favorites are: The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Wings, Sir Paul McCartney, and Vince Guaraldi. Lately I have to hit the repeat mode on my favorite song from Wings, "Goodnight Tonight." (YouTube)

I LOVE that song!

Professionally, what is your goal?

I plan to write and illustrate my very first children's book within the next six months. I would like to create more art pieces, as well.

What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to get started as an artist?

I would say don't put your eggs in too many baskets. Meaning, if you plan to sell your art online via product-on-demand websites, just choose a couple of sites. I made the mistake of joining a half dozen sites when I first started my art, and it was too much stress and a huge hassle to load my art to each site. It was way too time consuming. Just start with one or two. I highly recommend Zazzle.com They have high quality products and superb customer service.

Thank you, Michelle. I'm happy that you are AnniePalette's first "Meet the Artist". I hope the readers enjoyed this as much as I did.

Visit Michelle's website to see more of her art and blog: One Artsy Momma

  • Annie Mason

Updated: Jul 26

My favorites together. Most times I outline the watercolor drawing (such as a flower) with ink (after the watercolor is dry). In this video I use the drawing with pen and ink first (let dry) then add watercolor. I decide which process I will use, just because. How's that, for decisive?

I draw out the outline of the flowers . My Go-To pens are:

Dyvicl Black Micro-Pen Fineliner Ink Pens

After the ink has dried completely I fill in the watercolor wash on the petals and leaves.. In this artwork I added a sponged background using the same color palette as I have chosen: (pink, green and yellow).

Finished "Gladiolus" flowers available as an Art Print and more products on Society6. Click image to link to my shop.

  • Annie Mason

Updated: Jul 16

You would think we would know but I hear artists ask this question all the time. I have asked myself this same question.

It's because we want to know that it is complete and it is perfect. Or as perfect as it will be? That leaves open that you could darken that bird's wing, or add a background.

The FINISHED artwork here is from a series: Ohio (Cardinal and Carnation) See society6 collection here: United States Birds and Flowers

I made these images into a "Story Pin" which you can find here on Pinterest.

Pinterest is definitely the go-to platform for sharing art, recipes, travel, inspiration, tech....you name it. Tailwind and Pinterest have changed my viewership and sales.

I recently found another super worthy site: Bloggers Traffic Community.

I was a little apprehensive and unsure of what this was all about. There are a lot of boards and groups. It didn't take long however to have someone from the membership jump in and answer any questions. My blog has never been very active. It's hard to get it off and running (like most business enterprises). You rely on sharing with family and friends. But this community has daily posts for bloggers and website owners helping each other grow their respective sites. I know that if you blog in a certain niche, you will be able to find help getting an audience in that niche, and beyond. I joined the Pinterest/Instagram group and a YouTube group. It didn't take me long to decide to become a member of the Supporters group because it is obvious that the leaders here work very hard to keep this platform rolling. Am I glad I joined? Well, if you saw my traffic numbers you'd be happy with the results, too.

I'll end here with saying that artists never feel they are truly finished. They fix, and change, and start over. I'm 70 years old and not afraid to try new things. I am a firm believer in "you learn something new EVERY DAY". Just do it!

As an artist you are never truly FINISHED.

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