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SWWS Workshop 2017

We all had so much fun at our workshop for the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society. Fearless Flowers! what that really means  is that you are pushed to not be so shy with color, learn not to try so hard and let that inner artist out, and be confidant.

We may be using the same composition but they are all so different, here we can see what works, what doesn't, what you may want to add into your own painting or eliminate.

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Portland & Oregon

Teaching a workshop in Portland OR and judging a show in Vancouver WA. Sunny skies, Full moon rising, I am so excited to see the Columbia River and Mt Hood

I here in Portland for the Vancouver Watercolor Society to do a workshop and to judge their show, my nephew took me to Portlands Rose Garden what a beautiful place and rare find.

Rocks Sand & Sea Glass course preview

Limited 30% discount offer, use code: RocksSeaGlass Oct 9 - Nov 20 6 Week - Interactive Premium Course Free Bonus course included: Framing Without Glass Go at your own pacePaint anywhere at anytime day or nightLive meetingsInteract with other students if you likeLifetime access with no time limitDownloadableEasy to follow step-by-step lessons designed just for you, paint realistic Rocks, Sand and Sea Glass, learn how to float leaves and put rocks underwater. Ask questions anytime during the course and you will be able to apply these techniques into your own paintings with confidence, have fun creating successful paintings with no mistakes. All Levels Many students that have taken this course have gone on to be very successful artists, showing and selling their work.

Covered in this coarse

Rocks underwaterRealistic Sand and Sea GlassFloating leavesUnderstanding shape and highlightsShadowsHow to give an object a three dimensional look.Positive and negative paintingRelease the fearBuild your co…

Is a photo altered with a filter a watercolor painting?

With today's photo applications sometimes people think if they use a watercolor filter to transform a photo, it's now a watercolor, In my opinion that's not true. It's still a digital image of a photograph that has been altered and should not be submitted into shows or sold as a watercolor painting. A watercolor painting requires skill and the use of the medium, not just a push of a button.

Tips to organizing a studio

Organizing Tubes of color Some of the things that I've helped me the most in my studio is to organize my paints by families of color. You can use small plastic bags, clear plastic drawers with dividers, or to save room even a clear plastic shoe organizer that hangs on the door, this way they are easily accessible.
I like to keep my most use colors isolated and in groups of new and used colors, then depending on my needs I an quickly grab a new tube for traveling or a used tube for the palette in my studio.
Reference Photos Organizing reference photos by subject matter really helps and when painting makes it easier to find what you want. For instance if it’s flowers, the group would be flowers, then by kind or color. Landscapes, could be grouped by type, such as desert, ocean, ranches etc.
Brushes Because different painting styles require different brushes, I organize them by size and type, to prevent ruining the tip, I place them tip up in large stone containers, this way there are easil…

Mendocino & Fort Bragg CA

Having a wonderful time in Mendocino in my "Land & Sea" workshop. Working onsite and in the studio, developing skills, travel sketching, and so much more.
Simplifying the landscape
Over looking Mendocino
At the Harbor
Looking North