Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Remembering Provence, Corner Cafe

I just finished this watercolor painting, Corner Cafe.  The cafe is located just outside the ancient walls of the old part of the town of St. Remy de Provence, France.  The first rays of sun shines here in the morning and was a beautiful place to greet the day with our steaming cups of cafe au lait.

Corner Cafe

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Friday, September 23, 2011

New Fall Watercolor Classes with Jacqueline Newbold

Mt. Hood with Lavender
***Watercolor Painting Classes*** at my Art in my Heart Studio (Tumalo, just 5 miles north of Bend, OR)

Refining your painting skills with watercolor warm-ups, composition and design.
Tuesday afternoons:  October 11, 18, 25, & November 1, 2011 from 12:30 – 3:30

***Rainbow Studies***
Unlock the secrets to creating vibrant and harmonious paintings.
Learn about color theory, successful color mixing, how not to make muddy paintings and how to understand the characteristics of pigments. You will make a color journal that will become a valuable reference.

***Watercolor Workshop in the Columbia River Gorge***
November 13 - 17, 2011, Check-in is Sunday night at 5:00 PM.  This is a “double header” with Jacqueline Newbold and Mary Burgess.  You will have two full 9 AM – 4 PM days with each instructor as they share with you their passion for art.
Mary Burgess: Hands-on Paper Design
Jacqueline Newbold: Watercolor Journeys, Inspirations from travels

Students will explore ways to make their watercolor travel journal interesting and reflective of their experiences through painting landscapes, vignettes and memoirs, and by incorporating collected treasured items. Learn how to make quick-on the go-sketches using colorful watercolor washes and pen and ink drawings.  Students will also experiment with stamping, stenciling, napkin collage, maps, and artistic lettering to enhance their journals in order to build a launching board of creativity for their next artistic journey

***Watercolor Journaling Painting Workshop in Greece, June 25 -29, 2012***
Watercolor Journaling in Greece with Jacqueline Newbold 2012
Travel Dates: June 25 to 29, 2012.
Contact Admissions at 800-487-8839 for more information regarding travel dates.
Learn to create your own watercolor journals and incorporate the benefits of art healing in your life or your holistic health practice.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Celebration, New Paintings for the Red Chair Gallery

I have been working on a series of watercolor paintings inspired by my trip to Provence in May.  The title of this one is Celebration.  We found this lovely village in the Drone area of France and what caught my eye was all the flags that were hanging from the ancient buildings.  This painting will be hung in the Red Chair Gallery for Bend's First Friday Art Walk, October, 7, 2011.
Celebration, Watercolor

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Watercolor Warm-ups

I often like to do little watercolor painting warm-ups before I settle down to a larger piece.  These mini-paintings are fun and spontaneous.  This is a great way to work out color  and composition.  I recommend that you try this watercolor warm-up!

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Peek Inside My Watercolor Journal - CREATE

Part of the fun of going to one of the art retreats is being able to take classes from teachers you admire.  I have always loved Beryl Taylor's work and was fortunate enough to take a class from her!  I love her sense of color and design.  She mixes paints, fabric, and journaling.  Yes - I did actually sit at a sewing machine and do some sewing on the pieces in my journal above.  I have to tell you that fabric art has come a long way from when I used to sew!
The final project for this class was to bind the little pages into a petite book.  Instead, I ended up putting them in my watercolor art journal as I thought I would see them more often there and they will serve as a reminder to what I learned in this fabulous class:  painting on metal, painting on muslin, layering and creative edges. 
Thank you Beryl!