It’s Done! OK, nearly. Is artwork ever quite finished?

Pastel Painting of Violet Star
Pastel Painting of Violet Star

Added a bit more detail and cleanup of the background, and added some detail to the flower itself with the stamen and veining. Quite happy with the end result, (end result? well, maybe after I touch up that one shadow here…)

Anyway, for comparison, here is the image of it I posted just a couple days ago.

These images are taken pretty close up and you can see the underlying paper texture but a few steps back appear nice and smooth.

Resulting picture is roughly 9×11…with a bit of matting it should fit nicely in a frame.

Thanks for following along! More to come…

Jim Sponseller – – 2021

Work In Progress – Flower – Violet Star

Flower – Violet Star – Pastel 06/2021

I am really liking the current piece I am working on, pictured above. A violet flower shaped as a 5 pointed star done in soft pastel. I still have a bit of work to do cleaning up some edges and placing some detail of the flower and a bit of cleanup on the background but over all it is coming together nicely.

It has been a good feeling getting pigment to canvas lately, or as in this case to pastel paper. It reinforces my decision to further pursue some additional art training through the Evolve Artist program. This program will better develop my fundamentals and open up the world of oil painting for me.

This lovely piece of art, along with others as I continue this journey, will be available for purchase as an extra through my buymeacoffee profile. I will provide more details about that soon. In the meantime, thank you for following along and giving me your support!

Jim Sponseller – – 2021

Looking For a Special Image? Now Accepting Digital Line Art Commissions!

Are you searching for a special line art image to accompany that latest short fiction or poem? If so, head over to my extra offerings at for the digital line art image commission available now!

The images are delivered as JPG files with dimensions up to 1920w x1080h done in the gradient filled line art style as in these examples here:

Currently only accepting 3 commissions at this time until I can see them filled!

Alternatively, if you enjoy my art and wish to support an aspiring artist, please head over and today! I appreciate your support!

Thank you! Jim Sponseller – – 2021


“Are you trying too hard to be something you are not, or are you not trying hard enough to be something you want to be?”

As I continue trying to improve my skills as an artist, I keep pondering that question. I believe you have to set yourself into the mindset that you are able to accomplish anything you work hard enough for. With that in mind though, there is working hard in a vacuum or working hard with guidance. Which do you feel will achieve better results?

So, I’m in the process of finding the right guidance at this time. That in itself seems to be a journey. There is no lack of potential programs out there, each espousing why their program is the best to get you where you want to go. Then there is traditional schooling, community colleges, and community level art programs one can look into. However, these are somewhat less accessible to the full time worker. Also, there is a vast ocean of free guides and tips, how-to’s and not-to’s…one can drown from the deluge just trying to determine which will be beneficial to you.

Where does that leave me right now? Still searching. Whatever I choose though, it is apparent that it will take time and dedication so first I need to work on getting that together, likely at the expense of other hobbies and also with some help from better use of the time I do have. I will fill this new time with continued research and independent drawing and art work.

Are you trying to pick up a new set of skills yourself? I would love to hear how you made the time in an already busy life.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Jim Sponseller – – 2021