Friday, May 30, 2014

Finishing up our Series Workshop

We just finished the last class in a fun watercolor series.  During this final class, students tried something new and painted on Masa Paper.  Masa paper is a soft, white, machine-made Japanese paper that is used for printmaking, sumi, marbling as well as painting with watercolors. We found it forgiving and fun to paint on.  We also explored how to use the elements of design in our watercolor paintings.  Here are some photos from our classes:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Exploring Texture with Watercolors

Texture is one of the elements of design.  Our last class in this series was exploring different ways to get texture in our paintings.  We made lots of examples.  We used alcohol, pipettes, saran wrap, wax paper, palette knives, gauze and collage.  Each gave a very different look.  It was fun to see what everyone came up with!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The New Pages Magazine

Looks like the summer issue of Pages is now available for pre-order.  This issue has two of my articles on how to fill your journal pages with beauty and delight.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Watercolor Series Class: Shape, Color and Value

Our watercolor series class continues

The focus this week is shape

Here is a great value study by Paula

Caroline is hard a work!

Beautiful study by Jan

Shape and Color!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Opening Day for Artful Gathering Registration

Today, May Day (my favorite day of the year!) is the first day you can register for this wonderful online retreat.  Several years ago my students at CREATE, Irvine, asked why did I not teach watercolor classes online.  Well, the answer was simply that I had never thought about it and wasn't sure how to do it.  I have now joined with Artful Gathering Online Art Retreat and I am teaching online.
I work all January, February and March filming and editing in my studio, teaching watercolor classes just for this online retreat.  This is my second year doing this and I absolutely love it!  Many of the students that I "met" last year have become my friends.  And one is even going to Orvieto, Italy with me in September to paint (Pat!).  This is a great way to learn new things from the comfort of your home.  You pick the schedule too.  Workshops that you sign up for are available to you 24/7 for 6 weeks.  There are many fun classes to choose from.  Instructors often sign up for classes from other instructors at this online retreat.  I hope you will stop by my "classroom" and say "HI!"
Here are my two classes for this summer:
WATERCOLOR TOOLBOX (just for beginners!)