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!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Fun Art Journal Page, Part One

I want to share with you a step-by-step page prep for your creative art journal.  This is one of the many techniques that I will be teaching at the Portland Art and Soul Retreat 2017!  This techniques uses watercolor and mixed media.

Here is a list of supplies you need to create this page.

Start by painting 2 pages in your journal with analogous watercolors (colors next to each other on the color wheel).  I used Indian yellow and French Vermilion.  Mist the paints lightly to help them blend together.  Sprinkle and splatter a third color such as Cobalt blue teal.  Let this dry.

Paint the Twinkling H2O Solar Gold along the edges of the pages.  Add the distress stain along the edges too, blending and letting them mix. Use colors that will enhance the edges.