Monday, February 6, 2023

 ART AND SOUL Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Audubon’s Favorite Warbler
Dive into the colorful world of nature with scientist and botany major Jacqueline Newbold! She will guide you step-by-step as you explore various fun 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.

ART AND SOUL Portland, Oregon
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Join me on an artistic journey! Learn how to transform your own travel experiences into paintings. Finding inspiration from urban sketching and using our colorful watercolors, we will paint scenes in and around quaint Italian and French villages.


 My next watercolor workshop in Orvieto, Italy will be
May 18-27, 
Our trip May 2022 was so much fun that we all agreed that we wanted
more, more, more
So Michelle is offering a 10-day Italian Watercolor Workshop just for me and my students!  Stay tuned for more information about painting in Italy, 2024

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Portland Art and Soul Retreat

 The Portland Art and Soul Retreat workshops are coming right up! Right now I am focusing on getting ready for my Watercolor Toolbox workshop. It is for beginner and novice watercolorists that want to improve their skills and learn useful watercolor techniques.

You will learn how to build up color with the appropriate paints, and how to use pigment value to create stunning paintings. I will even show you a secret way to fix a painting! Using our newly learned skills we will paint some small paintings. Your examples and paintings can be bound into a journal creating a toolbox of ideas for future reference.
Here is the link to sign up for this workshop: Art and Soul Retreat

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Van Gogh comes to Portland, Oregon

 Many of my students will remember the excitement we felt when we saw the Van Gogh exhibit and the MONET exhibit at the Carrieres des Lumieres in Les Baux de Provence, France. Carrières de Lumières is the former quarry now a center for immersive art displays. It is a projection that typically lasts about 35-40 minutes, repeating a loop throughout the day. Once you have paid the entry fee, you can stay and watch the loop as many times as you like. Carrières de Lumières is the largest fixed multimedia installation in France. The 50 foot high walls are the backdrop that 70 video projectors use to broadcast images.

Well guess what! The Van Gogh exhibit is coming to Portland, Oregon! Beyond Van Gogh Portland: The Immersive Experience - ON SALE!

It will be touring in many other cities as well: Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

If you were lucky enough to paint in France with me, you will remember how awestruck we were at seeing this incredible, colorful event. You may want to go see it in the US!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Upcoming Watercolor Workshops 2022 with Jacqueline Newbold


ART AND SOUL Portland, Oregon
March 14, 2022
I have been asked so many times to teach a class just for beginners.  This will be a fun learning how-to workshop. You will learn everything you need to know to get you started on your watercolor journey. We will explore a variety of watercolor techniques. You will discover how to make your paintings exciting and beautiful by using colorful washes, a variety of brush techniques, and color mixing.
ART AND SOUL Portland, Oregon
WINDOWS AND DOORS Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Discover how to create old-world charm by painting quaint Italian and French windows and doors. These are so pretty to paint, especially when adorned with flowerpots overflowing with bright, colorful flowers.
ART AND SOUL Portland, Oregon
PLAYING WITH COLOR, Wednesday, March 16, 2022
In this workshop, we will be experimenting with watercolor paints to learn how to successfully mix colors. Color theory and our color wheels will be our guide to choosing which colors to combine to create vibrant mixes for our small colorful watercolor studies.
ART AND SOUL Portland, Oregon
THE PAINTED GARDEN, Thursday, March 17, 2022
We will paint lively and colorful garden flowers using watercolors. These will be impressionistic flower paintings with an emphasis on loose and flowing painting techniques.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Watercolor Painting and Traveling to Italy with Jacqueline Newbold

 Watercolor painting is fun and easy to do while traveling! I am planning my next watercolor workshop in Orvieto, Italy, May 22-28, 2021 with Adventures in Italy. I thought it would be fun to treat myself to a new palette.  People often ask me what colors I use and how do I set up my palette.  I want to share with you the best way to set up a new watercolor palette.

The MEEDEN Empty Watercolor Tins Box Palette Paint Case is perfect for creating small paintings and sketches on the go! It holds 12 Pcs Half Pans of paint. Just squeeze your favorite colors into the 1/2 pan, let it dry, and you are all set to paint while traveling!

A few scenes from my traveling watercolor journals:

Doorway in France

The fun part is deciding which colors will go where.  I always use a color wheel to figure out where to put my colors. The first thing to do is to pull out the tubes of color that I want to add to my new palette.  This will take some time and careful thought.

If I have to narrow my choices down to 12 colors, this is probably what they will be!

Lemon Yellow
Cobalt Blue Teal
Manganese Blue
Cobalt Blue.
Phthalo Blue
French Ultramarine
Quinacridone Purple
Permanent Rose
Permanent Red
French Vermilion
Permanent Orange
New Gamboge

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Watercolor Sketches

 These small, quick sketches of European village scenes are fun and easy to do. I try to make them simple. They are a great way to try out different colors and values. And of course, I can always use drawing practice. Perspective is important in these little sketches so think about the angles of the doors and windows. Make the doors and the windows in the foreground bigger than in the background.

Start with a simple pencil drawing. Add a colorful watercolor wash over the buildings. When this is dry, start adding layers of color to get a variety of values.

I will often add pen and ink to my village sketches.


Sunday, May 30, 2021

 An Eye and Feather of a Great Horned Owl

As I am getting ready for the ART & SOUL ART RETREAT, in Portland, Oregon. I am enjoying painting in my nature journal. Here is an example of one of the pages we will be doing in the Naturalist's Art Journal workshop on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

This page in my watercolor journal was inspired by a birding trip that I did with a few friends to a wildlife preserve in eastern Oregon, Summer Lake. At one of the picnic areas, we found a family of Great-Horned Owls. There were two juveniles and two parents. As I took pictures, the mom and the babies would turn their heads and look down at me with those great big eyes. It was fun to try to paint an eye.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Artistic Tote Bags and Zip Pouches now on Sale!

 Fine Art America is having a 25% off all artist tote bags and zip pouches. There are many sizes and styles available. This sale ends on November 21st at midnight eastern time so hurry and get your order in!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Painting What You Love!


Often when I haven't painted in a while, I resort to painting something very familiar and loved to get me back in the mood.  Since I spent so much time trying to be outdoors this Covid summer, I took some time off from painting.  I felt rusty so I thought I would start with a familiar little house in the landscape.  It felt good to get my paints and brushes out again and paint, Just off the Beaten Path!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Welcome to International Nature Journaling week

(1-7th June 2020)

You know how I love nature journaling. I found out that there is now a week together as a world-wide community to celebrate and document the beauty and diversity of the natural world!
“Nature journaling allows us to open ourselves to wonder and explore with joy.”
Each day during International Nature Journaling Week will be focused on a different aspect of nature, which will be a starting place for our journal pages for that day. You can access the themes for each day through the Program page or in the list below: