Sunday, September 29, 2013

Castles, Gargoyles and Such

Part of the fun of going on a trip and keeping a watercolor journal, is the excitement of finding new things to paint and and record in colorful ways.  We have seen castles, Chateau towers, gargoyles, river barges, and met some lovely people.  I did the exact same river trip down the canal DU Midi with my parents 30 years ago. Here is the only photo I have of that fun time.  To bad I was not an artist back then as it would be fun to see what I would have put in my journal.

here are a few pages from my journal that I have been working on during this trip.

if you are interested in joining me and doing a watercolor European style Journal, my next trip is to Orvieto, Italy. space is limited as there are just a few spots left for this fantastic watercolor trip.  - September 7-13,2014. we have a great group sign up!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Flip Flaps and Fold-outs on the Canal du Midi

When planning a trip and preparing my watercolor journal, I often make some of my favorite things that I call Flip, Flaps, and Fold-outs. I  am teaching this workshop at the Portland Art and Soul Art Retreat. I will be providing lots of goodies for my students.

These are items that I can easily find in the office supply stores. I use gesso and water colors to create a beautiful, color filled background. My family is traveling down the Canal du Midi in the south of France. I love having these easy tools to create quick paintings on the go and embellish my journal. Here are a few photos from my journal as I am painting on our barge.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Post from Sarlat France

Pages from my watercolor journal...

I am in the Dordogne area of France, famous for its pate fois gras, truffles, figs and nuts.  The medieval town is a maze of winding streets and picturesque alleyways.   We toured the Chateau Castel Naud, knocked down seven times during the Hundred Years War.  Not only was it a fascinating history of ancient weaponry but a painter's delight of texture and charming buildings.

Here is the winding street that I painted in my watercolor journey.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sprinkle, Splash and Splatter: Creating Texture with Watercolor

Here is a fun little book that we will be making in my workshop; Sprinkle, Splash and Splatter:  Creating Texture with Watercolor with  the Portland Art & Soul Retreat, October 4th, 2013.  All of our sample paintings and colorful exercises can be spiral bound into a reference book.  We will be exploring lots of ways to make texture that can be used to create the look of an old stone wall, sand on the beach, wood, rocks, trees and much more.  There is still room in the class so I hope you will consider signing up!  Here are a few photos from my texture reference book.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Houses and Hideaways - a Sketchbook Challenge

The sketchbook challenge is hosting a very exciting 21 day blog hop event to celebrate this months Houses and Hideaways theme!  
Welcome to my hideaway!  It is of course my studio that is located above our garage.  It is a great big room filled with light and color and was featured in the summer issue of Studios Magazine.

Follow along in this short video as I paint a field of sunflowers in my watercolor art journal.  Here is a list of the paints and supplies I use to paint this scene in my watercolor journal.  All of these supplies are included in my Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Jacqueline Newbold Travel Kit available for purchase at Daniel Smith Art Supplies.
  • Arches® Watercolor Book 140lb, 10in x 7in
  • DANIEL SMITH Watercolor New Gamboge 15ml
  • DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Permanent Red 15ml
  • DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Quinacridone Burnt Orange 15ml
  • DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Cerulean Blue 15ml
  • DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Phthalo Turquoise 15ml
  • DANIEL SMITH Platinum Series watercolor brush 24-3 Round 8

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Sketchbook Challenge September Blog Hop

The first ever Sketchbook Challenge blog hop is about to start!

The sketchbook challenge hosts have a surprise for you.  For the next 21 days we are celebrating this months Houses and Hideaways theme with a blog hop!  Each day, you’ll find a new post on this blog related to this month's theme that will also include a link to the artist's own blog, where you’ll find tutorials, video’s, studio tours, exciting giveaways and more!  

Take a look at the line up of posts below and come back each day to be inspired!

Sept 9 - Gina Lee Kim
Sept 10- Me :) -> Jacqueline Newbold 
Sept 11 - Sue Bleiweiss  
Sept 12 – Jackie Bowcutt
Sept 13th - Kristin La Flamme  
Sept 15- Lyric Kinard
Sept 16 - Terry Grant
Sept 17- Carol Sloan 
Sept 18- Leslie Tucker Jenison  
Sept 19 - Lesley Riley  
Sept 20 - Traci Bunkers  
Sept 21 - Lynn Krawczyk
Sept 22 Desiree Habicht
Sept 23 – Jamie Fingal  
Sept 24 - Mary Beth Shaw 
Sept 25 –Kari McKnight-Holbrook  
Sept 26 – Deborah Boschert  
Sept 27- Susan Brubaker Knapp  
Sept 28- Laura Cater Woods  
Sept 29- Jane LaFazio