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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.
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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

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Successful students

I just returned from a workshop in the Appalachian mountains at Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, if you ever have a chance to meet him Joe himself, he will capture your heart and enchant you with his stories. 
The workshop space there is amazing and Oh, my Gosh, to have an art store just on the other side of the door with everything you can possibly imagine, well it's hard not to want to buy everything, it's my kind of candy store, he has a couple of art store locations or you can visit him online
They provide great lunches and at noon many of us sit outside rocking away in the warm breeze.
As you look off into the distance, you can see why they call this place The Blue Ridge Mountains, because they are just that - blue.

Hard working students (and I say the with a smile)

California State University with CWA

Here is a glimpse into our May Workshop that was held at California State University for CWA (California Watercolor Association) what a wonderful group of artists and new friends. Thank you Kathy for the picture.

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