Friday, June 10, 2016

September Painting Workshop in Beautiful Maine!


Lobster Buoys in a Tree
I am excited to return to Maine this September with the focus on just painting the beautiful scenery. Join me!  I am teaching a class called Watercolor Journaling.  Using watercolors and mixed-media, we will create beautiful journal pages!  Students will explore ways to make their travel journal interesting and reflective of their Maine experience.  The workshop is held near the quaint coastal village if Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island.  If you are interested or want more information, please feel free to email me.  I also can give you some ideas of where to stay.
From my Maine Watercolor Journal









Monday, June 6, 2016

Just for You - Getting started with watercolor

Registration is now open for my online workshop, Watercolor Toolbox.  The workshop starts today, June 6, 2016.  This workshop is especially for beginner watercolor artists.  Here are some of the things that are covered in this workshop:  how to correctly set up your watercolor palette, which brushes and paper to use, watercolor basics such as how to do a wet-into-wet wash, how to glaze, using value in your paintings.  The final project will be a fun, easy watercolor painting. 


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Artful Gathering Starts Tomorrow!

Watercolor Toolbox Workshop starts tomorrow and runs for 6 weeks!  If you are new to watercolor this is the class for you!  

Have you ever wanted to try watercolor painting but did not know how to start? In this fun class, you will discover what makes watercolor painting exciting and beautiful. Exploring techniques to get you started on your artistic journey, you will learn the correct way to set up a palette and care for your watercolor art supplies as well as a variety of basic watercolor techniques. All your examples can be put into a file or journal creating a toolbox for future reference. This workshop is the perfect introduction to watercolor painting! 

There is a $5 registration fee to get you into the online retreat.

Included with your annual $5 Registration to Attend 2016
  • Access to our private event website May through August.
  • Access to all door prizes offered May - August.
  • Participation in any of our sponsor related activities May - August.
  • Access to mini promotional video tutorials May - August.
  • Access to all workshop descriptions and check-out for workshop enrollment May - August.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Watercolor Class for Beginners, Watercolor Toolbox an Encore Presentation

Registration is now open for my online workshop, Watercolor Toolbox.  The workshop starts June 6, 2016.  This workshop is especially for beginner watercolor artists.  Here are some of the things that are covered in this workshop:  how to correctly set up your watercolor palette, which brushes and paper to use, watercolor basics such as how to do a wet-into-wet wash, how to glaze, using value in your paintings.  The final project will be a fun, easy watercolor painting. 




This workshop is available online for six weeks.  We will have our own class room where you can post questions and photos of your beautiful paintings.  
I look forward to painting with you this summer!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

More Color Studies

Our class continues to mix and mingle different colors together to see which are the best combinations.  I showed how to make fun color chickens where you start at the head of the chicken with one color and then switch to a different color at the body.  The goal is to have blended and mingled colors in the body part of the chicken using two different colors.
The younger students got very creative and started painting other animals like color horses and bunnies!






Thursday, March 31, 2016

Creating a Color-Filled Day!

My All About Color class has just started in my Tumalo Art Studio.  We are learning how to use the colors on our watercolor palettes and the color wheel to create harmonious paintings.  Since I am a color artist this is always one of my favorite classes to teach!
I would like to share with you some ideas over the next few weeks on how you can learn to get to know the colors on your palette and use the more effectively.
Here is my first suggestion - Make a painted color swatch of each of the colors on your palette.  Label them with the manufacturer's name, the pigment number and the light fastness.  Color charts are fun and relaxing to do!
1.  For the manufacture's name, I use abbreviations such as DS for Daniel Smith and WN for Winsor Newton.
2.  The pigment number can be found on the tube and also can be found on art supply web sites.  For Winsor Green, Blue Shade, the pigment color is PG37.  I love to collect this information because as it turns out, Winsor Green, Blue Shade is the same pigment as Daniel Smith's Phthalo Green, Blue Shade.  I don't need them both on my palette.
3.  Light Fastness.  This will tell you how permanent the pigment color is and it's resistance to fade or change over time.
Here are some photos of our class working on their color charts.







Saturday, March 19, 2016

More from Art and Soul, 2016

I was so impressed by the beautiful art that my students created at the Portland Art and Soul Retreat. I shared some fun, easy watercolor exercises and then gorgeous watercolor paintings started happening!  Painting soothes the soul and make our hearts happy.  Here are more photos of the paintings we did:









Friday, March 11, 2016

Art and Soul 2016

Art and Soul, Portland, 2016 was a huge success!  My students had so much fun creating color-filled watercolor paintings.  They all learned some new techniques along the way too.  I always love reconnecting with students that have taken my classes before and return for more.  Making new friends in art is a treat.  Here are some photos of our week together in Portland, Oregon.  Look at how beautiful their paintings are!
Our Colorful Whites Class




Darcy and Amy showing off their artistic aprons

Messy palettes = happy students!


Friday, February 26, 2016

Check Out the New Issue of Cloth Paper Scissors

Just out is the March/April issue of the the Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine.   My article, Making Your Own Map, is featured in the Jump-start section.  Check it out!  This is a technique that we will use in my upcoming watercolor journaling trip to Orvieto, Italy, with Adventures in Italy.  There is still time to sign up for this fabulous trip!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Coloring Books Meet Mixed Media

The new Cloth, Paper Scissor's Coloring Book,  Coloring Book Sketchbook, offers more than other coloring books.  Not only does it offer various mixed media art techniques, but it is a collection of sketches from many different artists, including one of my sketches of an old Italian door.  In her blog post, Jeannine Stein, shows how she uses mixed media to color my sketch of the door.
It was an honor to be asked to contribute sketches for the book and an honor to have Jeannine use mine sketch as a demo!

Here photos of how Jeannine Stein colored my door sketch: