Friday, December 16, 2011

Should You Be Your Child's Best Friend?

"Should You Be Your Child's Best Friend?" provides an insightful look into this question. The author is a mother of three, two are in college and one is multi-handicapped. She answers this question based on her considerable experience as a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, a single parent, a homeschooling mom, an art teacher, and a substitute teacher in the public school system. You can make an informed answer to this question after reading this eBook. Now available at,, and

Monday, October 31, 2011

Mud Pie For Mother

Red Dirt Daughter will be a series of children's books based on events and experiences from my childhood. Mud Pie For Mother is the first in this series. Tana is the main character. She lives with her family on a farm in Oklahoma. Tana's attempt to make a special mud pie for her Mother doesn't go quite as she had planned. She learns that things can still have a happy ending. This eBook is perfect for reading aloud to young children and can be enjoyed by young readers. It is available at for NOOK and will be out on Amazon Kindle in the next couple of days. Hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Excerpt from Thanksgiving Time & Money Savers

A week or two in advance, ask your children, grandchildren, or neighborhood children to bring you their harvest time art projects from school. Use these to decorate with. They will add a special, handmade touch to your table and home and will be free. Plus, the children will feel great knowing their creations are being so prominently displayed.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Excerpt from "How To Understand The Book of Revelation"

It is my hope and prayer that this book will visually and spiritually help the reader to better understand Christ's Messages to the Churches. This is a portion of the Book of Revelation that is often neglected and hurried past to later chapters dealing with the Great Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon, etc. These messages are from God, to us, as individuals. We need to hear and obey if we are to receive His blessings and give Him the glory and praise He so richly deserves.
To understand the Book of Revelation, the reader should think of it as both a literary and spiritual journey. The first step on this journey should begin with simply reading each verse and deciding whether it needs more explanation. If it does, use a good Concordance and see if other scriptures can help you to understand it better. Also, pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you to the resources you need to further your understanding. Next, take notes and make sketches of all the key elements in the scriptures. The Book of Revelation is rich in visual references. Even if you are not an accomplished artist, making doodles and simple sketches can help you to visualize the key elements in the book. Finally, consider what this book says to you, as an individual. Are you encouraged to seek a closer relationship with God. Are you inspired to change your lifestyle? Do you feel a need to be more helpful to your fellow man? Follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit and let him guide you into God's perfect will for your life. The first three chapters of Revelation are explored, in-depth, in this book. Use it as a model to continue your exploration and further your understanding of the entire Book of Revelation.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


If you have read one (or more) of my eBooks, please leave a comment (good or bad). I need feedback from my readers. I aim to please and without your responses it's like drawing in the dark. Also, if there are subjects you would like to see in future eBooks, let me know. Thank you for your time and attention. Happy Drawing!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How To Draw An Angel In Six Easy Steps

Here is my latest eBook. I hope you all enjoy it. We all have a guardian angel. Mine stays really busy keeping a watch over me. How about yours?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

How To Draw A Pirate In Six Easy Steps

My latest eBook on Kindle. Check it out or you'll be walking the plank, matey! Amazon has free Kindle apps. for PC, iPhone, and other devices if you don't have a Kindle. Enjoy this, and all of my other eBooks, by doing an author search for tanya provines at 

Friday, August 5, 2011

How To Draw A Car

My latest eBook on Kindle. Check it out for a roaring good time! Amazon has free Kindle apps. for PC, iPhone, and other devices if you don't have a Kindle. Enjoy this, and all of my other eBooks, by doing an author search for tanya provines at Have a great weekend everyone and stay cool.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Why My Son Is My Hero

When I was six months pregnant with my son he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. It's a condition where there is a blockage in the ventricles in the brain that cause spinal fluid to build inside the brain. When they did an MRI it looked as if there was no brain at all inside his skull. The spinal fluid was pushing his brain against his skull. They stuck a long needle through my belly and drew off a long syringe full of spinal fluid from his brain. The doctors told me he might not make it to delivery and would have to live in an institution, be tube fed, never walk, never talk, etc. They said I was too far along to have him aborted in Oklahoma but I could go to Kansas and have it done and no one would blame me. I knew God would blame me so it was not an option. The first thing I said to the doctor was, "would you like to come to his high school graduation?" The doctor told me not to get my hopes up. I said, "hope is all I have and I serve a greater God than this." I named my son "David" because I knew he would have to face many Goliaths in his life.

David was born, despite the OB leaving me in labor even though the monitor clearly showed that David wasn't getting enough oxygen. He was blue by the time they finally delivered him by caesarian. When he was 10 days old they did surgery and put in a shunt to drain the spinal fluid from his brain to his abdomen where it could be reabsorbed. That was 17 years ago. Many hours of various kinds of therapy have helped him develop. David is walking. He has won medals in Special Olympics for running. He feeds himself and eats anything put in front of him. He is in the multi-handicapped class in school and has to take anti-seizure medicine. Despite his problems he is never without a smile for the people he meets. His speech is very limited but he communicates exactly how he feels in other ways. He's smart and curious and learns quickly when motivated. He never feels sorry for himself or complains or takes offense. When something is difficult for him he just keeps trying until he gets it. David may not be "normal" but I wish more people were as brave and persistent and loving as he is.

David will graduate from high school this fall. I wish I could send that doctor an invitation. Every day, my son inspires me to be a better person and he reminds me to look at what I have and what I can accomplish instead of dwelling on what I don't have. I thank God for considering me worthy to raise this special young man. I don't know if I could have made it through this experience without my faith in God and his goodness. Looking back on it, I know now that there were many things in my life that were done in preparation for this. One of the most important was writing this book. If you don't know God, and understand the way the kingdom of God works, I invite you to read the book that helped me to have the strength to raise my hero, David.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

New Computer

Voc. Rehab. has new funding for the new fiscal year. I should be getting my new computer with Adobe CS5 very soon. I had pretty much given up hope when they told me they couldn't find my paperwork and the program was out of money but my caseworker called last week to give me the good news!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

How To Draw A Bat In Six Easy Steps

My latest eBook, for those of us who like the strange and unusual. Check it out!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

How to Understand the Book of Revelation

Some of the information in my latest eBook, How To Understand the Book of Revelation, may be viewed as offensive to those of the Catholic faith. It was not my intention to offend anyone. I only wanted to be as thorough as possible in my research. If you have read this book, feel free to post your comments, positive or negative. Any and all feedback is welcome.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

eBook Cover Artist

Why hire a professional to do your eBook cover when you can do it yourself, for free, with online software that uses templates? Do you want your eBook to have the same cover as someone else? I'm guessing you don't. That's where I come in. I have written and illustrated several eBooks for myself and I really enjoy doing the covers.

As a freelance artist and illustrator, with over 30 years experience, I am now offering my services as an eBook cover artist with two options available. Option #1 - $50 - I will design your cover using appropriate, hand selected, clip art from my library of more than 125,000 images based on your suggestions regarding images, colors, etc.. Option #2 - $150 - I will design your cover using a custom illustration that I create via digital/traditional artwork based on your specs and after reading excerpts from your eBook manuscript and reading your suggestions regarding images, colors, etc. Both options include 3 minor revisions, if possible and necessary. Additional work will be billed at $15 per hour in half hour increments.

I require a 50% non-refundable deposit with the balance due upon acceptance. I accept payment via PayPal or Money Order. Your satisfaction is always my greatest concern and I will work with you to give your cover the quality it deserves. You work hard to get your manuscript to be the best you are capable of. I will work just as hard to give it the cover it deserves. I look forward to hearing from you. You can email me at View samples of my work at See my eBooks by doing an author search (Tanya Provines) at and at Thank you for your time and consideration.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Kuddos to any author who has made it through the grueling process of getting a book approved by epub for Apple. Maybe I should read this book.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Publisher Pro 2.0

I absolutely love this program. I found mine at Mike & Nancy's Thrift Store in McLoud, OK but they are still available at If you need a desktop publishing program, this one would be hard to beat, especially for the price.

Friday, May 6, 2011

These Days, A Collection of Modern Poems

I've started using a new ebook publisher called Smashwords. It takes awhile to get the hang of formatting for Smashwords so if you are thinking of publishing with them, be patient. Take the time to read their free Style Guide. Think simple text only. Illustrations do not do well as they format to allow your book to be read on almost any device. If you are an inde writer, check them out. I think they will be worth the extra effort.Click on the link to see one of my books on Smashwords.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How To Draw Four Easy Cartoon Dogs

My latest e-book on Kindle. If you can draw a rectangle, you can draw these cartoon dogs. Have fun!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New ebook up on Amazon

If you have a Kindle, check this out. It's yummy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Computer

Was told by the AT people at Voc. Rehab. that they were ordering my computer and it would be here in 4 to 6 weeks. This is the 6th week. Got a call from Voc. Rehab. this morning asking more questions about what it is, exactly that I'm needing and what it will cost since the specs. I gave them are now more than a year old and prices may have changed. In other words, I thought I would have the new computer this week but now I am back to waiting, waiting, waiting. I am very disappointed but still very grateful that they are trying to do this for me and my business.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Adobe CS5 for Dummies

I ordered this book to help me study for the new computer and software I should be getting in the next week or two. It was definitely money well spent. It's eight books in one. I'm finished reading the first one and already I've found answers to many of my questions. I can't wait to start applying it and incorporate it into my business. 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Christ's Messages To The Churches

After giving her life to Christ, in 1990, Tanya Provines began visiting Christian churches, of various denominations. She was searching for today's equivalent of the church of Philadelphia. It is the only church, in the book of Revelation, that God could find no fault with.

The doctrine of each visited church was compared with bible scripture. This research led her to an in-depth study of Revelation, Chapters 1-3. The study included almost every book of the bible, and many other resources. As an artist, she incorporated drawing, and painting, in her quest to find "the right church" to attend.

What started as a personal journey, culminated in Christ's Messages To The Churches, with 11 original illustrations, and artist's notes. Her conclusion was that today's church of Philadelphia isn't one church, or even one denomination. Rather, it is made up of individual people who attend church in various places, some in large congregations and others in small groups. What is most important is a personal relationship, and fellowship, with God through Christ.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New Computer

Voc. Rehab. finally ordered my new computer with Adobe CS5. It should be here in 4 to 6 weeks. I am very excited and ready to get up to speed on it. Being able to fulfill my client's vision in the file version they need will be a big boost for my business. Voc. Rehab. may have been slow, but having a computer custom built for me and my business, with thousands of dollars in software, makes being a diabetic almost worth it. I still pray for a cure someday but in the meantime, I am eternally grateful to the people at Voc. Rehab. who work so hard to allow those of us who are mentally or physically limited, in various ways, to reach our full potential. Hats off and many thanks to all of them.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Draw Plus X4

While I'm still waiting for Voc. Rehab. to get my new computer with Adobe Creative Suite 5, I thought it would be a good idea to get as much practice as I can in the meantime. I recently purchased Draw Plus X4, at a discounted rate, and am very impressed with it. It does vector drawings and a full range of more creative brushes and effects. In fact, I was surprised to learn that Illustrator only has a pen and pencil. It really is geared more toward hard edge (node) type drawing. When I do get illustrator I will use it for the .AI format that is the industry standard but I will use Draw Plus and Corel Painter to get the wide range of drawing tools I like. Call me old fashioned but I just don't like the tedious aspect of drawing lines and geometric shapes and bending them to get what I want, except in the case of doing technical drawings. When straight edges and precision are required then working with lines, curves, and the node tool are the best way to go.