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My name is Anima and I'm an emerging artist living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. My blog is on tips for artists, artist reviews and interviews, art business and marketing, art collecting, how to decorate with art, oil pastel painting tips, giclee print information, finding creativity and inspiration, my travels, works in progress, new paintings, personal revelations, and everything in between.

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December 2009 Studio Sale

Fantasy painting of a beautiful woman, by Canadian artist Anima McKertcher.

Solare is a 20 by 20 inch square oil pastel painting of a beautiful woman aglow with the sun. Solare is currently on sale at 50% off!

My first ever studio sale is on! You're invited to get 50% off some of my favourite original paintings, 50% off all my prints and art cards and 50% off a custom painting of your choosing! There's an enormous selection so browse at and at my Etsy shop.

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Posted by Anima on December 16, 2009   0 Comments Links to this post

Make a List

Delicate Dream 1 - Oil Pastel painting of a beautiful woman in purple, white, lilac and beige by Canadian artist Anima McKertcher

Delicate Dream 1
© Anima McKertcher
12" x 12" (30 cm x 30 cm)
Oil Pastel on Stretched Canvas

I love lists. I love making them, reading them, crossing items off of them, seriously. I. Love. Lists.

And I've got a list 163 strong of painting ideas. When am I going to get around to painting all of them? I don't know. But now I don't have to worry about forgetting any ideas - they're stored up in case of an inspirational drought or whenever I come home with a prestine new 36 by 36 inch stretched canvas.

I have an ongoing list describing my experimental acrylic painting process. I like to follow the steps closely so I can learn from what works and what doesn't and tweak my process as needed.

Then there's the list of all art work in progress including how many hours I've spent on each piece and what the next stage is.

There's my 28 day calendar with lists outlining what tasks need to get done each day and which events are coming up that I need to prepare for. This helps me juggle my crazy schedule and battle my urge to procrastinate.

And as the saying goes: the list of my lists goes on and on. I may be knee deep in lists but I'm happier, more organized and less stressed because of them.

So what are you waiting for? Go make a list.

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Posted by Anima on November 26, 2009   0 Comments Links to this post

Long Blog Posts Go Bust

Back in the day, I was ambitious. I'm talking 500-to-1000-words-per-blog-post ambitious. But reality has finally set it - I'm not Katherine Tyrrell, I'm not Darren Rowse, I'm not Sonia Simone and I'm not Brian Clark. I'm not a writer, at all - I'm a painter!

I'd read some excellent advice that really motivated me to teach my readers and build a great blog. And no doubt, back in the day, I managed to write a couple hefty articles that I'm actually proud of like 8 Ways to Add Height to Your Room and You Got Oil Pastel Paint on Your Carpet. But they were few and far between and a real challenge as a wannabe writer.

So I'm changing tactics: instead of agonizing as I try to write long blog articles all the time (and end up writing very few), I'm going to write bite-sized posts on a regular basis. And I'll leave writing longer pieces for whatever special ocassions evokes . I'm excited! Let's hear it for less agonizing and more time to spend painting!


Posted by Anima on September 28, 2009   0 Comments Links to this post

I Stumble For Ya!

I read about the Stumble Upon Meme on Emila's Illustrated Blog and decided to try it out for fun. Here's how it goes:


Here are the rules:


  2. Add your site(s) to the list. Just be sure to post the "StumbleWorthy List" at each site you add.

  3. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving me a comment HERE. I will add you to the master list.

  4. Come back and copy the master list back to your site, often. This will allow the new comers to achieve equal benefit as the late comers do.

  5. Register in StumbleUpon and install the toolbar.

  6. Go to the sites found on the list and give them a thumb up (I like it!).

  7. Add me as your friend in StumbleUpon: Blanne.

Note: Your url will be deleted in the Master List if you do not comply to the given rules.


~StumbleWorthy List~

1. Hit-or-Miss 2. Mommy’s Little Corner 3.Unpredictable Life 4. The Journey 5. Sigh 6. Say Cheese 7. Make Every Day Your Lucky Day 8. Blessed Sanctuary 9. Hailey’s Beats and Bits 10. Photo Hook 11. A Sweet Taste Of Life 12. Nyumix’s Blog 13. Juliana’s Site 14. Juliana’s Lair 15. Juliana’s World 16. My Library 17. Fun.Fierce.Fab 18. When Silence Speaks 19. Etc Atbp 20. Mariuca - Wishing On A Falling Star 21. Dance of Motherhood 22. Emila’s Illustrated Blog 23. The Other Side of Emila 24. Mariuca’s Perfume Gallery 25. Read my Mind 26. Picturing of Life 28 27. Spirit of Bonoriau 28. My Careless Whispers 29. Coffee Cup Princess 30. betterthanEzraH 31. Just Another Day 32. Lifepassedby 33. Simple Life 34. A Housewife’s Journal 35. Life Together Starts 36. Scrap For Dollars 37. Jesie Blog Journey 38. My Drift 39. Pinay Mommy Online 40. Thesserie 41. Mirage as Usual 42. Photography on the Move 43. KitchenMaus 44. Vienna Daily 45. Days Of Our Life 46. QueenB 47. GreenBucks 48. My Bug Life 49. Filipino in Canada 50. Artsy Creatures 51. Click Here to Forward 52. Day by day 53. Breather 54. YOUR BLOG/SITE HERE!



Posted by Anima on May 11, 2008   0 Comments Links to this post

My Small Business is Painting Women

Efflorescence ~ Original painting by Anima ~ romantic realism meets fantasy

© Anima
36" x 48"
Oil pastel on canvas

Naomi Dunford at IttyBiz, easily writes the most colorful blog I read. And yesterday she invited us to play the 'What's your home business' game. Apparently one of her readers recently surprised her with just that question.

I can't imagine that anyone's unsure of what I do based on the giant Art by Anima lettering at the top of this page, but who knows. It certainly can't hurt to be more explicit. So here are my answers to Naomi's questions.

1. What’s your game? What do you do?

Art, baby, art. Specifically, creating visual art with oil pastels and acrylic paint on stretched canvas. Subjects: beautiful women, colorful flowers, and plans are in the works for fine wine too. Style: romantic realism meets fantasy.

Sometimes I release this art as high quality, professionally printed, limited edition prints. And sometimes I collaborate with you to create personalized custom portraits done to your specifications.

2. Why do you do it? Do you love it, or do you just have one of those creepy knacks?

I have an incredible passion for painting - the challenge, the process, and the final product. I'd like to think I also have a 'creepy knack' for it but mostly it comes down to practice and hard work.

3. Who are your customers? What kind of people would need or want what you offer?

My customers are self confident, know their own mind, and are bold about
expressing their personal taste. After all, they don't shy away from having a
large colorful painting of a beautiful woman on their living room wall. And occasionally, they like to spoil themselves with luxury items such as fine wine, fresh flowers, original paintings, and limited edition prints.

4. What’s your marketing USP? Why should I buy from you instead of the other losers?

Quality. Beauty. Originality. And great customer service directly from me.

5. What’s next for you? What’s the big plan?

Doing more of what I love.

How About You?

What's your small business? Write your own post, share here, and or comment on IttyBiz.

When Naomi does her round-up of everyone's posts and responses, I'll add the link here.


Posted by Anima on April 24, 2008   2 Comments Links to this post

Easy XML Sitemap Creation and Blogging for Artists

Build an XML sitemap easily.

Create an XML Sitemap for your Artist Website or Blog

For months now I've been thinking about creating an xml sitemap to submit on Google's Webmaster Tools. Being busy, being lazy, or whatever label you want to use, meant I hadn't put any effort into learning how to go about it. And thanks to Katherine Tyrell of Making a Mark and I never had to. I've finally done it and it was dead simple.

Check out her post on how to add a sitemap to your website to learn how. Plus she includes other helpful hints for your website or blog.

For anybody who has ever looked at the page on Google which describes how to create a sitemap this will seem like a complete godsend. It took me hours and hours prior to this to even get my head round it and even then I couldn't create a proper xml sitemap and gave up!

Blogging for Artists

Looking for 27 pointers on blogging as an artist? Robert Bruce did a guest post on Problogger about just that. It's food for thought.

1. There’s never been a better time to be a working artist. Ever.

2. There’s never been a worse time to be a working artist (if you’re not truly dedicated to your craft).

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Posted by Anima on April 17, 2008   1 Comments Links to this post

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