Thursday, May 24, 2012

LuSCioUs CoLoR!

 THE most AMAZING package of luscious color arrived at my doorstep yesterday.  Each little creamy jar of Twinkling H2Os was more jaw dropping beautiful than the next!  These are made by Lumin Arte.  Oh where to start?    I want to try them all and can’t wait to see what they are capable of.  I did a very quick watercolor painting on a book page as I am getting ready to teach my Paintings on-the-go for the Traveling Artists class at the CREATE retreat in Irvine, CA next week.  It is hard to see in the photo below but they are transparent and have a stunning sparkle when dry!  My lucky students will get the chance to try for themselves how a fun these can be as there will be free samples for them to try!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Photo Paintings, A Slice of Life - Getting Ready to Teach at CREATE

One of the classes I am teaching at the Irvine, CA CREATE Art Retreat is Photo Paintings, A Slice of Life. Using watercolor and a section of your favorite photograph, I enjoy painting portraits, animals or landscape miniatures based on what is contained in the photograph. 
Here I am with my Jack Russell Terrier, Mischa after hiking up Tumalo Mountain near my home, Bend, Oregon.  I brought my paints, watercolor journal and camera.  I took a self-portrait photo before hiking back to my studio to finish the photo painting.
 Are you intimidated by drawing people? Don’t worry; the photo does the hard part for you!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Meet the Instructors Blog Celebration Weekend - CREATE Mixed Media Retreat

Goodie Bags!
I am so excited to be one of the instructors at the CREATE Mixed-Media Art Retreat in Irvine, CA. May 30 - June 3, 2012.  One of my favorite things that I do when I get ready to teach my Watercolor Classes is to put together watercolor goody bags for each student.  They are filled with art prompts and useful items for creating art.  The Paintings-on-the-Go for the Traveling Artist class goodie bags will have my very favorite water-soluble pen.  I will be teaching many of the techniques that are covered in my just released DVD a Cloth, Paper, Scissors Workshop:  Art Journals On-The-Go: How to pack, prep, paint and more.  
Rainbow Studies
For the PhotoPaintings: a Slice of Life class, I am bringing some fun, French color photos & postcards The Flips,Flaps,and Fold-Outs class goodie bag if full of texture makers and my favorite mini-spritzer.  The Rainbow Studies class goodie bag will have some new exciting colors to try!  There are still a few spots available if you would like to sign up!   Check the page link at the top of my blog for more information about each class.

Flip, Flaps and Fold-out Class, CREATE, Chicago, 2011

Slice of Life, Provence, France Watercolor Workshop
Paintings on-the-go for the Traveling Artist
Paintings on-the-go for the Traveling Artist, Provence, France

Thank you Jenn to all your wonderful support.  The line up of art instructors is amazing - you are sure to find a class or two that will spark your artistic journey!

The Create Mixed Media Retreat’s Meet the Instructors Blog Celebration Weekend:
And Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Jenn Mason!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Congratulations to the Winner of my Cloth, Paper, Scissors Workshop DVD!

Drum-roll please.............
A Peek inside my Watercolor Journal
In my DVD I show step-by-step how to use artist tape with a colorful wash background to create a journal page as this one.
I used the random number generator and Chris in Oregon is the lucky winner!  I am so excited about this because I feel like I know Chris.  I have been following her blog for awhile and enjoy all her posts.
Congratulations Chris!  Please contact me and send me your address and I will be sending you my DVD, Art Journals on-the-go: How to pack, prep, paint and more.
Thank you so much to everyone that left a comment on my blog. If you would like to purchase a DVD please go to the Interweave Store.