Wednesday, August 9, 2017

PAINTING in Italy 2018

I am very happy to announce that I am teaching again in Orvieto, Italy, September 11 - 16, 2018! Consider joining me on this wonderful journey.  Painting in Italy is offered through Adventure in Italy.  I have very fond memories of our painting workshop in 2014 creating colorful memories in our watercolor journals.  We had so much fun exploring Orvieto - what great food, wonderful wine tasting, friendly people and it was so inspiring to be surrounded by beautiful Italian art!
If you have taken a workshop with Adventures in Italy before, you will get a 10% discount for being a returning artist.
Let's paint together!
Here are a few photos of our joyous time together:

Friday, August 4, 2017

Having a Ton of Fun at Art Unraveled 2017

I am always impressed with how creative my students are when we get together and paint.  I love showing new techniques and seeing how artists quickly turn them into beautiful paintings!  I have one more class to teach call the Creative Page at Art Unraveled.  There are three seats left if you are in the Phoenix area and want to join us!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Keep it Simple

You can paint fun little paintings with just a few supplies.  I enjoy creating my own mini watercolor palettes of my own choice of colors.  I buy empty half pans and fill them with my paints from tubes of watercolors.  They fit conveniently in empty mint tins.  Here is a photo of a postcard that I painted from my little mini watercolor palette:
I added the word FRANCE by using the brass stencils and then filled in the letters with red paint markers.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Best Travel Art Tips for Summer

Check out this great online article by Jeannine Stein -  "Best Travel Art Tips for Summer".  She has put together 23 ideas from various artists, including me :), on how to create art-on-the-go!

Jeannine says - If you’ve seen the July/August 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, you may have noticed this on the cover: “23 Tips for Creating While You Travel.” Yes, we’ve loaded this travel and adventure-themed issue with a lot of techniques, projects, and ideas for creating art on the road, and we aim to deliver on our promise. So here are the 23 tips, and where in the magazine you can find them. We hope you find these useful for all your summer art adventures!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Naturalist's Watercolor Journal

 A Naturalists Watercolor Journal
Jacqueline Newbold
July 16 – August 26

Dive into the colorful world of nature with Jacqueline Newbold!  She will guide you step-by-step as you explore various ways to use watercolor paints and mixed-media to create a naturalist art journal.  Keeping a journal of your field notes, drawings, and paintings of the natural world will enrich your experiences with nature and help develop your skills as an artistic naturalist.  Jacqueline shows how to capture the essence of the wonderful world of feathered and furry creatures with simplified, easy drawing methods, colorful painting techniques, and creative mixed-media embellishments.  This is great workshop for beginner to advance painters that want to improve their painting skills.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cloth Paper Scissors

Check out the July/August issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.  I am featured artist in the Studio Spotlight section.  
I have an article about what is needed to paint outside.  There are more photos from my journals on the Cloth Paper Scissors Blog.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Script/Liner/Rigger Brushes

I love using liner brushes.  These are watercolor brushes that have longer hairs and are great for splattering paint and making very thin dark lines.  They are inexpensive and fun to use!  They are sometimes called script brushes or riggers.  Here are a couple that I found on the Dick Blick site:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - Drawing

Ok here is my last post for a few days.... I hope you enjoyed my 10 tips!  This last one is how I use my pencil  -  not just for drawing but for measuring and comparing.  So grab your favorite pencil (mine is a Ini OC-Gel  HD 0.5) and let’s get started!
Here is a lovely ocean scene at the Oregon coast near where I live:

The first thing I do is the hold my pencil vertical and stretch my arm out so that my elbow is locked.  All my measurements are done with a locked elbow so that the comparisons will be the same.  
How big are the rocks?  

With my thumb, I measure from the bottom of Haystack Rock to the bottom at the tallest part.
Now I measure how wide the rocks are.
At this point, I would make pencil marks on my paper using these measurements.  
Here I am using my pencil at a slant to get the correct slope of the rock.  Carefully bring this angle down to your watercolor paper.

If I want to add some of the ocean cabins, I measure how tall they are.
Here is how tall the nearest point of land is compared to the house and the other rocks.
Now that I have all my measurements and comparisons the next step is to do my drawing.
How about you practice drawing something using your pencil to measure and compare and let me know how it goes.
For the rest of the tips about using a pencil to measure, go to my post about Drawing Lesson, Part 2

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - Free EBook from Interweave Press

Here are some fun journaling tips from Interweave Press and Cloth Paper Scissors.  This free ebook features my article on Travel Journals, Using Maps as a Starting Point.  

Art journaling is a way to express yourself through writing and art at the same time.  This creative process pulls together a variety of materials to create mixed-media art.  In this free ebook you will get art journaling tips, including how to make a travel journal from maps, how to make an art journal instages, and how to choose the right tools for your art journal adventures!

Monday, May 15, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - A Fun Warm-UP Exercise

Warm and cool colors are something that I think about all the time in my painting and enjoy playing warm colors against cool colors to create vibrate and dynamic watercolors.  Here is a fun exercise that you could do with warm colors or cool colors - your choice!  I did mine with warm colors.  You will need your watercolor paints, watercolor brushes and a Gold Leaf Pen for this exercise.
Start by drawing big shapes in your journal with the gold leaf pen.  I drew my initials JN.  Make sure you go off the page here and there.
 Then add smaller shapes within your large initials.
 Pick a color scheme warm or cool.  I chose a warm palette so I painted all my shapes with yellows, oranges, reds and combinations of these colors. The gold leaf pen lines will act as a resist to the paint.

This is my final page in my watercolor journal