Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pets and Art

Bring your favorite pet into your studio!  I have been teaching watercolor classes in my studio in Tumalo.  My four legged friends enjoy being with us while we get creative.  Jan took time out from her painting to give Olive some love!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Online Classes - Watercolor Toolbox Two

Online classes are starting soon with the Artful Gathering Online Workshop.  I am teaching a follow up to last year's beginners class - Watercolor Toolbox.

Watercolor Toolbox Two is the perfect way to help you improve your beginning watercolor painting skills.  You will learn how to do a contour drawing, make a color mixing chart, and how to get volume and depth in your paintings.  I will share my easy drawing techniques that will make drawing fun and easy.  This online class is the perfect complement to Watercolor Toolbox, now available as a DVD!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wine Tasting and Painting

On a recent wine tasting trip to Yamhill Valley, I found breathtaking views as the scenery opened up into rolling hills, vineyards and orchards.  Our morning was greeted with rising fog as the blue mountains in the distance started to show through.
The day brought dappled sunlight and warmth.
 It was fun to slow down and take it all in while savoring some of Oregon's best wines.  I even learned how to blend my own Pinot Noir and came home with a bottle with my name on it!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I am Teaching at Art Unraveled, Phoenix

Join me for the fabulous Art Unraveled Retreat in Phoenix, Arizona, August 4-11, 2015.  You deserve to treat yourself and immerse yourself in art!  Last year was my first year teaching with Art Unraveled and I had so much fun.  I am thrilled to be returning to teach three new workshops:

Friday August 7, 2015

Sunday August 9, 2015 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year

May your 2015 be colorful and bright, filled with love and joy!

Monday, December 8, 2014

What's on your Wish List? Part 3

Here is a fun find for the traveling watercolor artist!  This is a lovely, tiny watercolor palette.  It is the size of a business card holder and can hold up to 14 colors- perfect for someone who likes to travel light.  It is metal and the pans are magnetic so that you can easily remove them if you want to change the colors.  Thank you Nancy for telling me about this great little palette!  I just had to order one to see how cool it was.   They are designed and sold by Maria Coryell Martin.  What a great stocking-stuffer this would be!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

What's on your Wish List, Art Ideas Part 2

An Artist Wish List
My wonderful friend and fabulous artist, Pam Carriker, has come out with her own line of acrylic paints and inks!  She has also written several books, Art at the Speed of Light and Creating Art at the Speed of Light and has a brand new book coming out soon.
Her new line is called Matisse and is available for purchase with Jerry's Artarama Art Supplies.  I was fortunate enough to be able to play around with some of her luscious acrylic colors and inks.
They are highly pigmented, light-fast and are perfect for working on watercolor paper and in your journals.  There are 12 colors with yummy names such as Poppy, Nightfall and Mustard.  The inks are washable while wet making them perfect for washes and calligraphy.  Pam is a very talented artist and continues to bring us new art play things to try.  Check them out!

Monday, November 24, 2014

What's on your Wish List? Art Ideas

An Artist Wish List

I thought it would be fun to share some ideas that you may want to add to your wish list.  I am going to review a few art supplies over the next couple of weeks.  I would love to hear what is on your art wish list!

Today I want to tell you about a little printer that my CREATE student, Michelle, showed me.  I couldn't wait for Christmas so I treated myself to an early Christmas present.  It is fun!
It is the - 

Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-1

It is a smart phone printer.  It prints using images sent wirelessly.  I have used it with my phone as well as my tablet.  It  uses batteries so no cords or chargers to worry about.  The photos are cute miniature versions of the old Polaroid prints.  The photos are 3.5" x 2.3".  I have been adding them to my journals.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Italian Memories - A Peak Inside Our Journals

Snow is falling softly outside.  I am at home in Oregon and I am finally getting around to share with you some of our beautiful, fun watercolor journals from our week with Adventures in Italy, September 2014.  We painted, played, lifted, cut and pasted, stamped, and just generally created wonderful artistic memories! 
Here are some photos from our fabulous watercolor / mixed-media journals:

Monday, November 3, 2014

Italian Memories

Sifting through my many photos, I am feeling nostalgic for the lovely Orvieto, Italy.  I miss the warm glow of the sunsets, the bouncing light of shadows on the walls, the rolling hillside, the arches and the brightly painted ceramic pottery.  

I miss the angel statues and the cobbled stone streets.

 I miss finding hearts in unexpected places....

Orvieto - Thank you!