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Monday, January 12, 2015

EPUB and MOBI formatting

EPUB, MOBI, and Kindle fixed layout formatting services and eBook/book cover design services are available. Email me with "eBook" in subject line and we can discuss your project.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Free Listings on Etsy

Get 40 free listings when you open a new store on Etsy. Just follow this link to get started. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ripped T-Shirt for Women

When I was in high school, my dream was to go to college to become a fashion designer. Since I couldn't afford out of state tuition, to attend the Kansas City Art Institute, I chose to go to the University of Oklahoma and major in Advertising Design instead. During my final year at O.U. I found out that fashion design was actually offered through the school of journalism. Who knew? I certainly didn't.

All these years later, my dream is finally coming true in a way. I'm happy to announce that I am designing a couple of t-shirt lines. The first is RIPTEEZ. RIPTEEZ is your must have shirt for summer. Modestly sexy by design, it can be worn with shorts, jeans, skirts, and looks great as a swimsuit cover-up. Sleeves can be rolled up or left down.

It is hand painted and hand ripped by yours truly. There will be more color options added in the near future. One of my beautiful daughters was kind enough to model it for the product shots. Her Irish great-grandmother would be very proud of that gorgeous natural red hair.

 Head on over to my Etsy store by clicking on the link to order yours today!

The second t-shirt line will be for kids and each shirt will feature a cover from one of my "How To Draw In Six Easy Steps" art instruction eBooks. I will keep you posted on when new items are added to the lines. I'm very excited about this new venture. I love the thought of combining my art with fashion. Never stop dreaming. I know I never will.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Etsy Store

After much shopping around and comparing sites to sell original artwork and my upcoming t-shirt line, I have opened a store at Their fees are very affordable and the shopping cart functionality is built in. To build a new website with the features they offer would be cost prohibitive. If you are looking to sell handmade items; artwork, clothing, jewelry, etc. check them out. In the meantime you can visit my store:
Tanya Provines on Etsy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How To Handle Negative Comments About Your Work

With more than 100 eBooks on the market I have read my fair share of comments on my work, both good and bad. As artists and authors we have to have thick skins and take it all in stride. When I first started self-publishing, negative comments were very upsetting. Now, they are only slightly annoying and sometimes even comical. One guy commented, after purchasing one of my eBooks, that he would have felt better had he been scammed by Nigerians. That one made me laugh and also made me feel sorry for anyone from Nigeria.

Negative comments outweigh the positive ones, probably 4 to 1. Although I haven't done the math, that is my estimate. As Dr. Phil said on his show today, when people have a good experience with a product they say, "OK, that's what I expected," and move one. When they have a negative experience they want to shout it to the world. I'm paraphrasing so don't get bent out of shape if I didn't quote him word for word. Rest assured that for every negative comment that is voiced regarding your work there are many more who loved your work and just didn't bother to say so.

Positive comments bring me joy and far outweigh the negative ones in my quest for artistic bliss. As long as I am certain that I have put forth my best effort and believe that my work is beneficial to some people, I will continue to draw, paint, and write. I suggest you do the same.

If you have a special way of dealing with negative comments and reviews, please feel free to share it with us.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Paperback Book Cover

Here's a sneak peak at my latest commission. It's a paperback cover design for Bill Howard's second book in the Rick Wade mystery series. I designed a logo for it too to act as a brand that we can use on all the books in the series and other promotions. Bill was a joy to work with. I would love to have more client's like him. I will post a link to it when it is published.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fine Art Originals and Prints

I am happy to announce that my original artwork and prints are now available on this blog. Simply look to the right or left. Scroll down to the bottom and you will find the complete selection of my best work with the ability to place your order from a secure shopping cart. You can even choose from a wide selection of prints, canvas prints, custom frames, and iPhone covers. Your patronage is greatly appreciated. As always, custom orders for original paintings are also welcome.

Monday, March 3, 2014

How To Draw In Six Easy Steps Collection 2

Step-by-step instructions for drawing a girl, woman, vampiress, robot, car, dragon, pirate, puppy Clydesdale horse, and a rose. More value for your money. Ten titles in one with two bonus titles; How To Draw An Orchid and How To Draw An Arabian Horse. "How To Draw" titles sell for $0.99. You can save $1.98 by purchasing this collection.  Intended for children and adults who are able to draw lines and shapes and read at a fourth grade level or higher. This can be used for classroom instruction or independent drawing. Drawing can be done using pencil, or any computer drawing software.

$9.99 (PDF format)

Friday, February 28, 2014

How To Draw In Six Easy Steps Collection

Step-by-step instructions for drawing a cat, horse, horse head, bat, bulldog, fish, pumpkin, tree frog, angel, and Santa. More value for your money. Ten titles in one with two bonus titles; How To Draw A Turkey and How To Draw A Unicorn. Intended for children and adults who are able to draw basic shapes and read at a third grade level or higher. This can be used for classroom instruction or independent drawing. Drawing can be done using pencil, or any computer drawing software.

$5.99 (PDF format)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rays of Sunshine: Women During the Holocaust

This is my daughter's first eBook. I'm so proud of her. She is an Elementary education major. Check it out but heed the warning. It contains graphic descriptions. We should never forget what happened and do all we can to make sure it never happens again.

Friday, January 24, 2014

eBook Cover and Formatting

This is one of the twelve acrylic paintings and eBooks I did for my client in Michigan. If you have a manuscript you would like to have formatted for epub/mobi please contact me and I will help you get it ready for publication.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Children Are My Greatest Blessing

I have created hundreds of pieces of artwork, books, and eBooks in my life but my greatest creations walk and breathe and bless all they meet.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Beginning Acrylic Paintings eBooks

I've been hired to write and illustrate 12 step-by-step eBooks for beginning acrylic painting. I am very excited about this project. When they are finished I will let you know where they are available. In the meantime, leave comments on subjects you would like to see painted in these new eBooks.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How To Paint This White Sands Yucca In Acrylics On Canvas

My newest eBook is available at For those of you who like to paint in acrylics, check it out. There is a link to it on the upper left side of this blog. My daughter and her boyfriend went on vacation to the White Sands Monument in New Mexico and asked me to do a painting from one of their photographs. This eBook takes you step-by-step through the painting process so you can paint your own White Sands Yucca.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Walt Disney Background Art

When I was an art student at the University of Oklahoma, many eons ago, I had the pleasure of studying under a gentleman who worked at Walt Disney Studios as a background artist. This is one of the colored pencil drawings I made at his instruction. It was the first time I started with a black art board and colored dark to light to bring up the detail.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Adobe Photoshop eBook Cover

This is a commissioned eBook cover I did using the painting tools in Adobe Photoshop. I started by doing a pencil sketch on paper. Then I scanned the sketch into a JPEG the dimensions it needed to be for the cover. I used various paint brushes in Photoshop to add the color. The text was added later.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Adobe Illustrator Font Samples

I have Adobe CS5. When using Illustrator, the drop down menu for fonts only shows the name of the font and not the sample. I tried changing it in the preferences but it still did not show the samples. After researching this problem on the internet, I know that I am not the only one having this problem. It was a problem in CS4 and Adobe did not fix it for the new version. I then contacted Adobe through their Help Chat and after waiting ten minutes for the tech. guy to get his act together and reading though his broken English, he finally told me that #1 he really couldn't talk to me since I didn't pay for extended service and #2 he was sorry I was having this problem but he couldn't help me. This is very frustrating. Adobe is the industry standard for professional graphic design software. We have to use their software because that's what our clients demand. One would think Adobe could get this issue fixed. One would also think they could afford to hire tech. support/customer support who speak English clearly.
The best solution I have come up with for this problem is to go to the following Adobe site. Obviously Adobe is aware enough of this problem to devote and entire interactive website to it but not willing or able to fix the problem in the software itself. You can go to this site and preview font samples, pick one you want and write down the name of it, go back to your illustrator project and look through the menu for the name of that font. Please leave a comment if you have come up with a better solution.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Publish your blog on Kindle

I just signed up to make my blog available in the Kindle store. Guess I will have to start posting regularly now. I found out it gets more than 400 page view per month. That's not much compared to a lot of others but I'll take it. If you have a blog you would like to publish for kindle go to

Saturday, July 20, 2013

White Sands Yucca Acrylic Painting

 I just finished my most recent commissioned painting, "White Sands Yucca", 16 " x 20", acrylic on canvas. I work from photographs. If you would like me to paint from one of your photographs, click on the Contact tab on the right. I look forward to hearing from you. If you like to paint in acrylics, check out my eBooks "Sand & Surf" and "Spring Has Sprung". You can find them on the left side of this blog.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Graphic and Fine Art Services

Several people have asked me what services I actually offer as a traditional and digital artist. I came up with the following list;

  • logo redesign
  • promotional flyers
  • unique business cards with matching envelopes and letterhead
  • brochure design
  • ebook cover art
  • portraits in pastel, pencil, and charcoal
  • pet portraits
  • custom acrylic or pastel paintings from your photos
  • digital illustrations of people, places and things
  • picture book illustrations
  • enhance photos
  • photo restoration
  • JPEG to vector conversion
If you don't see what you are looking for, on this list, shoot me an email and I will see if I can help you or recommend someone who can. Credit cards accepted via PayPal.