Wednesday, May 17, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - Drawing

Ok here is my last post for a few days.... I hope you enjoyed my 10 tips!  This last one is how I use my pencil  -  not just for drawing but for measuring and comparing.  So grab your favorite pencil (mine is a Ini OC-Gel  HD 0.5) and let’s get started!
Here is a lovely ocean scene at the Oregon coast near where I live:

The first thing I do is the hold my pencil vertical and stretch my arm out so that my elbow is locked.  All my measurements are done with a locked elbow so that the comparisons will be the same.  
How big are the rocks?  

With my thumb, I measure from the bottom of Haystack Rock to the bottom at the tallest part.
Now I measure how wide the rocks are.
At this point, I would make pencil marks on my paper using these measurements.  
Here I am using my pencil at a slant to get the correct slope of the rock.  Carefully bring this angle down to your watercolor paper.

If I want to add some of the ocean cabins, I measure how tall they are.
Here is how tall the nearest point of land is compared to the house and the other rocks.
Now that I have all my measurements and comparisons the next step is to do my drawing.
How about you practice drawing something using your pencil to measure and compare and let me know how it goes.
For the rest of the tips about using a pencil to measure, go to my post about Drawing Lesson, Part 2

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - Free EBook from Interweave Press

Here are some fun journaling tips from Interweave Press and Cloth Paper Scissors.  This free ebook features my article on Travel Journals, Using Maps as a Starting Point.  

Art journaling is a way to express yourself through writing and art at the same time.  This creative process pulls together a variety of materials to create mixed-media art.  In this free ebook you will get art journaling tips, including how to make a travel journal from maps, how to make an art journal instages, and how to choose the right tools for your art journal adventures!

Monday, May 15, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - A Fun Warm-UP Exercise

Warm and cool colors are something that I think about all the time in my painting and enjoy playing warm colors against cool colors to create vibrate and dynamic watercolors.  Here is a fun exercise that you could do with warm colors or cool colors - your choice!  I did mine with warm colors.  You will need your watercolor paints, watercolor brushes and a Gold Leaf Pen for this exercise.
Start by drawing big shapes in your journal with the gold leaf pen.  I drew my initials JN.  Make sure you go off the page here and there.
 Then add smaller shapes within your large initials.
 Pick a color scheme warm or cool.  I chose a warm palette so I painted all my shapes with yellows, oranges, reds and combinations of these colors. The gold leaf pen lines will act as a resist to the paint.

This is my final page in my watercolor journal

Sunday, May 14, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - Art Online

Here is an upcoming chance for you to paint right along with me online!  Once a year I teach a watercolor workshop with Artful Gathering Online Art Retreat.  This year I am offering a mix of subjects dear and near to my heart!  Did you know that before I became an artist, I went to college to get a degree in Botany?  Yes, I am a naturalist, botanist, bird watcher, wildlife gardener, flora and fauna expert!  Now I am so thrilled to offer you a mix of my two loves:  watercolor and nature!  This year for the 2017 Artful Gathering Online Art Retreat I am teaching a workshop - A NATURALIST'S WATERCOLOR JOURNAL.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - A Well Rounded Palette

I often have students asking me what colors to put on their watercolor palette.  I like to have a well rounded palette so that Each color on the color wheel is represented.  
I designed a kit with Daniel Smith Art Supplies called the Jacqueline Newbold Watercolor Traveling Kit.  It is a perfect way for beginning watercolor artists to fill their color palette.   This kit has it all (just add a pencil!).  I picked 12 colors, one for every color on the color wheel, my favorite folding palette, several brushes, a zippered case and an Arches watercolor journal. This would be the perfect companion to go with with my new DVD, Art Journals-On-the-Go.  You will be able to create beautiful, colorful paintings with the colors I recommend!  
Her is the list of the 12 starter colors:
1.       Daniel Smith Watercolor – Lemon Yellow2.       Daniel Smith Watercolor – Phthalo Yellow Green3.       Daniel Smith Watercolor – Phthalo Green Yellow Shade4.       Daniel Smith Watercolor – Phthalo Turquoise5.       Daniel Smith Watercolor – Cerulean Blue Chrome6.       Daniel Smith Watercolor – French Ultramarine Blue7.       Daniel Smith Watercolor – Carbazole Violet8.       Daniel Smith Watercolor – Quinacridone Violet9.       Daniel Smith Watercolor – Permanent Red10.    Daniel Smith Watercolor – Permanent Orange11.    Daniel Smith Watercolor – Quinacridone Burnt Orange12.    Daniel Smith Watercolor – Hansa Yellow Deep

Friday, May 12, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - A Very Small Watercolor Palette

Speaking about palettes here is the cutest palette I have ever seen - 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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - Watercolor, Sodalite

Here is another great color that I have added to my palette:  Sodalite by Daniel Smith

Sodalite, with a distinctive deep blue color is one of the components of Lapis Lazuli and very rare. DANIEL SMITH Sodalite is the finest quality and deepest blue that comes from Greenland and the flanks of Italy's Mt. Vesuvius. In watercolor, the inky color of this semi precious stone granulates as it dries, layering a blue-black textural surface on a smooth blue-gray undertone. 
Here is an example of how I add it to greens to get a rich, dark shadow:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - Watercolor, MOLOTOW

Here is a cool and easy way to save small areas of the white of your paper!  It is a masking liquid pen by MOLOTOW.
A must-have for artists, these ready-to-use, refillable markers contain a water-repellant masking fluid that applies cleanly and rubs off easily, leaving no residue. Molotow's patented pump delivery system assures precise, mess-free application and sharp edges.  

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - Watercolor Blocks

watercolor block is a stack of watercolor paper that is attached together. The sheets of fine art paper are trimmed to some uniform size and then stacked upon each other. That stack of art paper is then attached to a backing board with a padding glue. This glue is applied to all four sides of the paper.
My students are often perplex as to how to get the pages apart.  First of all, wait until you are done with your painting.  The joy of using a block is that it keeps the paper from getting buckled while you paint.  When you are done with your painting, simply put a palette knife in the small slot that is not glued to the rest of the papers.  Gently slide your knife around the edges to release your master piece! Hint:  if you do not own a palette knife, a butter knife works too!

Monday, May 8, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - Watercolor, French Vermilion

Here is my new favorite color - French Vermilion by Sennelier Watercolor.

Vermilion is a dazzling red pigment originally made from a powdered volcanic mineral – cinnabar.  It was used in the art and decoration of Ancient Rome, in the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, Renaissance paintings and in Chinese lacquerware.  I love it for its brightness and vividness.   It is great for painting red poppies!
Up-close of Poppies

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Upcoming Workshops, Classes and Shows with Jacqueline Newbold

Good Colorful Morning!  New Watercolor Classes - Online, Phoenix, Sitka, Oregon, and Local!
The sun is bright and the temperature is finally warming up a bit.  Did you know that I have taken up Pickle Ball.  Everyone asks, "What is Pickle Ball?"  Well it is a little bit like tennis and a little bit like ping pong.  The ball is much like a whiffle ball and it is a lot of fun!  That is what I have been doing for exercising my body.  For exercising my brain and my love for art, I have been planning some very fun and unique watercolor classes.  Here is what is coming up for 2017!

A Page from my Nature Journal
Colorful Whites and Colorful Darks

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

It's My Turn! Blog Hop #7

So exciting! This year I am offering a mix of subjects dear and near to my heart!  Did you know that before I became an artist, I went to college to get a degree in Botany?  Yes, I am a naturalist, botanist, bird watcher, wildlife gardener, flora and fauna expert!  Now I am so thrilled to offer you a mix of my two loves:  watercolor and nature!  This year for the 2017 Artful Gathering Online Art Retreat I am teaching a workshop - A NATURALIST'S WATERCOLOR JOURNAL.  

Session Two: July 16  -  August 26, 2017
Dive into the colorful world of nature with Jacqueline Newbold.  She will guide you step-by-step as you explore various ways to use watercolor paints and mixed-media to create a naturalist art journal.  Keeping a journal of your field notes, drawings, and paintings of the natural world will enrich your experiences with nature and help develop your skills as an artistic naturalist. 
Jacqueline shows how to capture the essence of the wonderful world of feathered and furry creatures with simplified, easy drawing methods, colorful painting techniques, and creative mixed-media embellishments.  This is great workshop for beginner to advance painters that want to improve their painting skills.
SNEAK PEEK  - one of our journal pages
Check out the Artful Gathering catalog to see all the class offerings.

And now for the secret word......   drum roll please........

Helpful sites for Artful Gathering

Blog Hop #6

6. Destination Six: 3/29/2017
Stuffsmith-The Found-Object Artwork of Keith Lo Bue

The Secret Word is Located on the front page of artist and Artful Gathering 2017 Instructor, Keith Lo Bue’s Blog!

Blog Hop #5

5. Destination Five: 3/19/2017
Historically Haute
The Secret Word is Located on the front page of artist and Artful Gathering 2017 Instructor, Kim Williams’ Blog!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Blog Hop #4

As usual I am running a little behind on the blog hop.  It is because I have been busily preparing for my classes next week at the 2017 Portland Art & Soul.  There is still time to sign up and still room in my classes!  Here is a sneak peak at what we will be doing:

NOW, for this weeks clue!

4. Destination Four : 3/12/2017
Earth Shards
The Secret Word is Located on the front page of artist and Artful Gathering 2017 Instructor, Lyn Belisle’s Blog!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Blog Hop#3

3. Destination Three: 3/4/2017
www.AlteredAlchemy.comThe Secret Word is located on the front page of artist and Artful Gathering 2017 Instructor, Luthien Thye’s Blog!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Blog Hop #2

I am a little behind on this weekly blog hop so I am trying to catch up with the posts.  Here is the information for week two.  I hope you have fun with this!

2. Destination Two: 2/24/2017, (click on this link)
The Secret Word is located on the front page of artist and Artful Gathering 2017 Instructor, Hally Levesque’s Blog!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Best Ever Art Sale!

You are invited to the 6th Annual Best Fine Art Sale Ever!  It is this Saturday.  I will have original paintings for sale as well as some of my jewelry.  Doors open at 9 am.  I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Let's Go - France and Beyond!

Join me on a fun, imaginary watercolor trips to France and a Tropical Paradise.  I am gearing up for the 2017 Portland Art & Soul Mixed Media Art Retreat!  Here is a short video with lots of examples of what I will be teaching:

Art & Soul - Portland 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Artful Gathering Blog Hopping

Welcome to Artful Gathering’s 7th Annual Blog Hop Celebration!
Here is the link to the video!  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to just below this photo:

Each year we hop from place to place introducing you to our brand new lineup of instructors and class offerings.
The rules are very simple, and very easy to follow. All you have to do is watch for our weekly newsletter so you will know which website locations to visit so that you can collect our blog hop words!
At each website destination point we send you to, you will locate a picture graphic that looks exactly like this one to the left. In the green area at the bottom of the graphic you will find a secret word (or words) which you need to record. By the end of our hop, you will have a collection of words that collectively arrange into an inspirational phrase.
Our hop ends on May 1, 2017.
You will take this collection of words, see if you can organize them and then e-mail them to:
THREE winners will be selected at random from the group of participants that send all the words in the collection to us by the deadline. There will be one grand prize winner and two runner ups selected to win an e-gift card from our fabulous sponsor (see right column).
  1. You must collect all the words
  2. You must e-mail them to us by May 1, 2017
  3. We will announce three winners on May 7, 2017. is Artful Gathering’s favorite online art supply store! They are our first destination!
Happy Hunting!
  1. Destination One: 2/18/2017, (click on the post link below)
    The secret word is located IN the video!  Look for the photo below with the secret word on it.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Playing with my Muse and Color

Introducing Pixie Star!  She showed up to help me along in my creative endeavors....

 Pixie Star loves being surrounded by color!

Pixee Star and I have been playing around with my color palette.  Those of you who know me, know that I am obsessed with color and watercolor is my favorite medium.  In preparing for my All About Color class that I am teaching in my Bend, Oregon Studio, I took a closer look at the yellows on my palette.  My goal was to have the warmest yellow and the coolest yellow available.  I am happy to announce that I found a cooler yellow than I already had!  It is the Daniel Smith Lemon Yellow.  It is bright, fresh, and semi-transparent.  Next I will try using it in triad and tetrad mixes.  If I come up with something great, I will let you know!
Here are some photos from my Color Class.  There is some serious color study going on!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Fun Art Journal Page, Part 2

For one of the first time's in my life, I am snow bound!  The high for the day is 11 degrees and snow is falling constantly.  What a great day to do some art but first I made chicken soup from scratch and a new found yummy cardamon cookie recipe.  Now I had time to enjoy finishing my Fun Art Journal Page.
Out my back door....
Finishing my art page:  After all the colors have dried and edges are finished, (see part 1)  I added the words "The journey of a 1000 miles starts with a single step".  This is a quote from Lao Tzu.  I love this quote because it means that great things start from humble beginnings.

I wish that I could say I can do calligraphy because I think it is so beautiful.  The one time I tried it though, I realized quickly that I don't have the patience to learn it.  In one of my art classes several years ago, one of my art students (Cindy was that you?) turned me on to Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pens!  I will bring them to the class I am teaching at the Art & Soul Retreat in Portland, Art for the Soul.  
They come in 4 different nib sizes and lots of great colors of ink!  

 I used the Parallel Pen to write the quote on my journal page.  I hope you have fun trying this out!