Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Florida Workshop set for January 2018!

3 Day Children's Portrait Workshop

Location: Brevard Watercolor Society
535 Hammock Rd
Melbourne, FL 32904
United States

Contact Information:
Workshop Coordinator: Jo Lene Bruce

Friday, February 5, 2016

April Workshop in Moultrie, Georgia!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

BoldBrush Painting Contest Honor

BoldBrush Painting Competition ~ July 2015
'Still Life with Riesling' was selected as part of the FAV 15%
Jury's Favorite 15% of the entries in Fine Art Studio Online (FASO) contest.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

PBS Vdeo ~ Workshop Interview

While teaching a portrait workshop at the Headwaters School of Music and Art, in Bemidji, Minnesota, PBS came and filmed my class (as well as a music camp) to promote this incredible school. I was a little camera shy (okay, I was nervous!) but it was a great experience for such a good cause.

To get a glimpse into one of my portrait workshops 
click on the link below:
Click here to watch PBS workshop interview.

New Workshop in North Carolina!

Children's Portrait Workshop set for 2016 

Nancy Couick has kindly invited me back to Charlotte, North Carolina 
to teach for a third year in a row! January 21, 22, 23 - 2016  Come join us!

Location and Contact Information:
Nancy Couick Studios and Gallery
10100 Park Cedar Drive Suite 188
                 Charlotte, North Carolina 28210 United States
Contact Person: Nancy Couick 

                            Photos: 'Cats and Dogs' Workshop ~ 2015

Napa Valley Wine Commission

Napa Valley Wine Commission

This commission was a dream and a joy to paint! It was a surprise gift to the winery owners (featured) on their anniversary. The family had secretly and lovingly chosen items that had meaning to them and arranged them on their special table, included their wine, pottery collection etc., in the midst of their California vineyard. Sigh.... 

Photos of Island Art Escape Workshop

Photos: Portrait Workshop 


Lovely workshop host Sam Boehner (bottom right). 

 Check out all their terrific portraits!
           A student snapped a photo of me holding my demo. 

  Flying into Victoria, BC is always a stunning sight!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2 New Workshops for 2015

3-Day Painting Cats & Dogs Workshop

January 23-25, 2015

Nancy Couick Studios and Gallery
10100 Park Cedar Drive Suite 188
Charlotte, North Carolina 28210 United States
Contact Person: Nancy Couick


3-Day Children's Portrait Workshop 

August 3-5, 2015
Location and Contact Information:
Moon Tree Studios, part of the Center at Donaldson
9601 Union Road, Plymouth, Indiana 46563
Contact Person: Evelyn Schwenk


Monday, February 10, 2014

Charlotte, North Carolina Workshop

Nearly all of my lovely students made the photo op!

My workshop at the Nancy Couick Studio & Gallery was fantastic! I had over 20 eager and talented students!
Nancy herself is on the right, in the from row. She was a wonderful host and spoiled me rotten! As you can see, her studio space and gallery are in two connecting and spacious rooms. It was an inspiring and comfortable facility.
I may be blessed with coming back next year to teach a workshop on painting cats and dogs!

14th Book Publication!

This is a cover of new book that I have contributed to, for my 14th book publication! I did a one page demonstration on painting eyes (page 23). The book is filled demonstrations from over 100 international artists in all mediums and subject matter. 
The publisher is David and Charles and the book was compiled by The Society for All Artist (SAA) in England. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bold Brush Contest Honor

BoldBrush Painting Competition ~ November 2013
'The Guardian' was selected as part of the FAV 15%
Jury's Favorite 15% of the entries in Fine Art Studio Online (FASO) contest.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Step by Step: "Pantheon in Paris, France"

This is a painting that did a while back and recently came across the photos that I had taken as the painting progressed and thought you might enjoy seeing how it developed. Not knowing later that I would show the steps on a blog, I did not take down a lot of information on my process but did note the colors on my palette. 
Step One: I like to start with a detailed sketch. For this painting I fully developed one area completly before moving on to the next. 
Surface: Cresent Museum Board #1153 (4-Ply Rag Mat)
Colors: (At the time, I was experimenting and playing with some several new colors so there are quite a few on this palette).  
Winsor & Newton: Gold Ochre, Turners Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light, Brown Ochre, Quin Gold, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, Magnesium Brown, Terre Verte. Davy's Grey, Charcoal Black, Ivory Black.
American Journey (by Cheap Joes Art Supplies): Coffee with Cream, Coastal Fog, Sag Harbor.
Step Two: To note the scale, the painting is sitting on the floor and that is a doorknob in the upper right corner.

Step Three: I used Turners Yellow to glaze a 'glow' over many areas to warm them up. The fresco painting colors that I used were Burnt Sienna, Hookers Green Dark and Winsor Red.

Step Four: Much of the architectural details were painted with a mixture of Ivory Black and Coffee with Cream.

Pantheon in Paris, France   35" x 25-1/4"   (Watercolor)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Three Portrait Workshops Added for 2014

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Midwest Museum of American Art ~ Awards Reception

Two watercolor paintings are currently on display at the  Midwest Museum of American Art 35th Annual Juried Regional Art Exhibit in Elkhart, Indiana until December 8, 2013. I have not entered this show in a number of years and I am very pleased that I did! 
'White Wine Still Life' won a Purchase Award!
'Creperie in Montmartre, Paris'
Hundreds were in attendance at the awards presentation October 11, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I Am Going Backwards!

Last month, I was asked to give a speech to a watercolor society about my journey as an artist and the supplies I use and why. Writing that speech gave me time to reflect and I realized that I am going backwards.....but in a good way!
One of the perks of getting older is I have more time to LEARN.
When the kids were young, and painting time was limited, I grabbed my paints and jumped right in. There was no time to study and understand 'paint properties' or how each color responded. In fact, ignorance was bliss!
The amazing artists that I have met over the last few years have studied and know their paints and have shown me the importance of knowing. I am basically self-taught, never went to college, and have fumbled along on my own. I readily admit to my students that I bought and used colors because they 'looked pretty'! For the last several years I have been on a quest to learn more about my paints.
I like to think of it as continued ‘research’ rather than seeing myself going in ‘reserve’. I have the life experience and technical skill and now I am learning why I need to make certain choices and save myself and my students’ frustration.
Creating color charts are a helpful tool. I note the brand and indicate if the colors are transparent,
semi-transparent, opaque, staining, granulating etc, and encourage students to do the same.
Many of my fellow artists paint with opaque watercolors, many are purist and use only transparent pigments, and others like myself, mix it up and use both. I like to think there is not a right way or a wrong way, (consider all that you learn from instructors, blogs, books, videos and magazines,) and find your way! The bulk of my ‘research’ is from these very sources and I keep 'Post-it' notes on hand to record the invaluable information that I come across on a daily basis.
Whether you contribute to a blog, have authored a book or article, or have been a student, you have all shared in my growth and I want to express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude for filling my 'Post-it notes' with knowledge which has helped me to become a better artist and teacher. Thank you!
Richard Back said “You teach best what you most need to learn.”

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Heartland Artist Show

Today I attended the reception for The 25th Heartland Artists Regional Show in Plymouth, Indiana. Two pencils (seen in top photo) and four watercolors were accepted into the show and my drawing of Window in the Cotswolds won a Merit Award and a Purchase Award 8.25" x 10.75".  What a delightful surprise!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Portrait Workshop ~ Headwaters School of Music & Arts - Bemidji, Minnesota

My students did a fabulous job with a tough subject. Many students have studied under my talented friend, and Bemidji native, Jane Freeman for many years. They learned from one of the best and were way ahead of the game! Thank you Janie. Their strong foundation made my job much easier.

While I was teaching, the host had arranged for a PBS taping of the workshop to promote the arts at the school. I will post a link to the interview when it becomes available....unless I made a fool of myself!

 Beautiful flowers from one of my students, straight from her garden. 
Standing beside them is the host of the workshop, the incredible Janet Brademan

 Here are my wild, crazy and amazing artists and dear friends from the Artcolony.
Left to Right: Janie Freeman, me, Mary Jansen and Janet Belich.

 My first canoe ride with 'experienced canoeist', Mary. 
We enjoyed the setting sun on the lake that Janie lives on. 
Now we know why Janie paints as beautifully as she does.
Her home setting is an artist paradise.

These gals are a hoot! 
Nothing better than being able to mix business and pleasure...a joy and a blessing.