Wednesday, December 28, 2016

All About Color Classes in Bend, Oregon

Local Watercolor Classes 2017

Tuesdays, January 17, 24, 31, 2017 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Using watercolor as the medium, you will learn the secrets of mixing colors to create vibrant watercolors and control those dull lifeless areas in your paintings. With a deeper understanding of the relationships between colors you will be painting with confidence!
Cost:  $90 for the three classes 
Leave me a comment if you are interested in joining or have questions about this color workshop.  There are just a few spots left!

Monday, December 19, 2016

More Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Watercolor Artist

Little watercolor sketchbooks are a great gift idea for artists.  I take mine traveling as they are small and can easily fit in my purse.  I sketch and paint in them while sitting in a cafe or when I have a few moments to myself.  They come in several sizes.  Since I like to paint with watercolors, I get the ones that have watercolor paper in them.  The Moleskine brand is very popular and easy to find.  They are available online but also easily found in office supply and bookstores.  I found a lesser known brand that I prefer.  It is the Pentalic Aqua Journal.  I find that the paper is a better quality and great for painting with watercolors. The Moleskine paper is 200 gm and the Pentalic is 300 gm which means that the paper is a heavier weight.  Watercolor artists will appreciate that!  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

More Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Watercolor Artists

I just adore this tiny watercolor palette!  It is called the Pocket Palette.  It comes with 14 iddy biddy magnetic pans to hold the paint that can be removed and replaced with other colors.  It is about the size of a business card (3 5/8" x 2 1/2") but holds lots of paint!
 Here it is waiting to be filled with new fresh watercolor paints.

I used it to paint this colorful background in my Gratitude Journal.  The mixing area was so wonderful - the paints did not bead up like they do on some palettes.  I was thinking what a wonderful gift this would be for the traveling artist!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Stocking Stuffers for the Artist

Hi there!
I wanted to share some  stocking stuffer ideas for the artist in your life.  My first suggest is a very beautiful, luscious red color called French Vermilion.  I use the one made by Sennelier and absolutely love it! It is a great color to use when painting red flowers.

Windsor Newton has an interesting article about the history and manufacturing of French Vermilion.  It is considered an opaque color with excellent light fastness so it will not fade with time.

Here is a close up of how I used it in this watercolor painting of poppies:  

I have just recently added French Vermilion to my palette.