When I was in college, back in the days when we painted on cave walls, art professors would assign us a task of drawing one hundred images by the end of the semester. That’s a lot of graphite. I, of course, didn’t know any better so I’d start by drawing horses. I loved horses, and thought I could sketch a couple hundred just out of my head. Horses were, after all, rather scarce on campus. The drawings were dreadful.


Those of you who’ve taken our classes will (cleverly) know the answer: drawing is all about seeing. We have to learn to see. When I sketched from my imagination, I drew what I thought a horse looked like, not the reality.

The idea of one hundred drawings by a certain date is an excellent one, but the professors needed to add one more thing: draw things in front of you. Draw from life. Draw from photographs. The more you exercise that pencil hand, the better you’ll get, but be sure to be looking at something.

Announcing by popular demand, we are offering our Unlocking the Secrets to Drawing class to be held together with our other forensic classes in Laguna Beach and New Orleans!

Spend two days learning how to draw a face, then three days developing your own drawings of your friends and family.  *This class also offers you the totally unique opportunity to join the Composite Drawing for Law Enforcement class as an option after the first two days.  Please contact us for more details.

Coming soon we have three new DVDs from ArtistNet: drawing techniques, drawing pets, and watercolor pets. More details to follow soon.

My Christmas wish for all of you. I'm posting the words to a beautiful song and poem: Mary Did You Know? by Mark Lowry

My favorite line: And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would some day walk on water? Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters? Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new? This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man? Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand? Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod? And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Oh Mary did you know

The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again. The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation? Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations? Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb? This sleeping child you're holding is the great I am

It's a new day and a new year, but I'd like to look back on 2010, not with nostalgia, but with hope that each year will present milestones that mark our progress.

We presented our new class on Facial Identification for the first time in Simi Valley, California, to raging success, both in participants and the immediate need for their work.

I'm not so sure. There's a foot of snow on the ground and we've been looking at sub-zero weather.....

We're working on our winter-spring schedule. We should be posting hotel, fliers, and a new feature called "Rick's Rumors" with things to do in the area. Waaaay fun!

 I'm usually Thankful all the time for all our blessings. This year is no different. Rick and I have each other, our health, our family, our friends, our home, and our pooches. We also should have our children's DVD ready for Christmas delivery. This has been a long process and was only because of our dear friends, Frank and Barb Peretti made it possible. We are so thankful for them!

My wonderful agent, Kelly Mortimer, is shopping my novel about, and maybe we'll get a Christmas present by selling it to a publisher. 

Rick and I are plowing ahead with our watercolor book and the next novel, plus getting our classes scheduled. 

From our family to yours, many blessings to you this Thanksgiving.

We finally have our next series of classes posted on our web page. We'll be working on PDF fliers so you'll be able to download them. Richie, our sweet web-guy, is also setting up a marketplace so you'll be able to enroll on-line, order supplies, and in general do more.