Friday, February 27, 2009

Watercolor Essentials is Almost Here

My new book "Watercolor Essentials" has arrive in the US and should be shipped to me this week. As soon as I get them I will fill orders and send out another email letting everyone know that they have arrived.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Three new workshops added

I am starting to plan more workshops and am planning on being healthy again. If you ever need any help on finding out more information about Lymes or co-infections (tick diseases) you are welcome to contact me. I guess that was my price for spending so much time in nature.

I have just added three new workshops to my summer schedule

July 20-22 Flowers in Bloom Placerville CA

Back to back workshops
September 9-11 Up Close and Personal Flowers Lewiston, CA
September 12-13 Atmospheric Landscapes Lewiston, CA

For more information and registration please visit my website

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Masking Fluid

Q: Hi Birgit, Yayyyy, I did find your book under my Christmas tree (Watercolour in Motion) is better than expected! I have looked through many books on the subject and yours is by far the best..honestly. :) Will look forward to your next book. I have a question for you, if you have the time to answer: I have used masking several times in the past and it was always a 50/50 type deal as to wether it would come off without taking the sizing off the paper. I ruined several paintings and wasted a lot of good paper because of it so I stopped using it. However the type of painting I enjoy doing really does need some blocking out with it. Any ideas as to what I may be doing wrong? I did try putting a little dish soap in with it as suggested but it didnt help. Thanks for the e-mail re: your new book release Always a pleasure to peruse your site.
Cindy D. Toronto

Hi Cindy I really don't use it much and have not had too many problems with it but here are some ideas o why it may not be working. perhaps it is the brand - I prefer Pebeo drawing gum W&N is ok too.
It might be old - old fluid can stick.
If you leave it in the sun or use a hair dryer it can bake on.
If you leave it on the paper for a long period of time it can stick. (I have left it on some demos for years and it still come off but I have heard about others having the same problems as you.
Hope this helps

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Watercolor Essentials - New book 2009

Soon to be released in March "Watercolor Essentials" . If you liked my first book "Watercolor in Motion" I think you will enjoy this one too.

"Watercolor Essentials" Covers a wide range of subjects with twenty-eight exercises covering many typical and other quite unique and unusual techniques. With 12 full demonstrations that takes the reader through the painting process.

Learn the benefits of working with quality materials and be challenged to express yourself through watercolor. Discover the illusion of depth, design, negative space, while creating landscapes, boats, waves, water, reflections, sand and rocks etc. designed more for the beginning to intermediate level the advance artist will enjoy the step-by step floral demonstrations.

The bonus DVD is a reference that demonstrates, in action the material covered in this book.
Scheduled release date March 11, 2009.
"Watercolor Essentials"
Hard cover spiral bound
Great Tips for both the beginning and intermediate watercolorists.
Features a book/DVD combination for the ultimate learning experience.
Easy to spot icons direct the reader from the book to the video, cross referencing the content.
The authors kind and gentle voice helps to remove any apprehension the reader may have.

I hope you enjoy it & Happy Painting
Birgit O'Connor

"Watercolor In Motion"

"Watercolor In Motion"
Released in 2008
It's the interplay between water and paint that makes this medium so exciting. It's no wonder, then, that wet-into-wet is one of the most popular methods for painting in watercolor. This unique book/DVD workshop shows you how to "go with the flow," moving watercolor across the page to create gorgeous paintings. It covers everything from selecting the best papers, paints and brushes, to achieving intense color passages, the illusion of depth and lively shadows.15 step-by-step demonstrations illustrate important lessons on shapes, complementary colors, masking fluid, glazing and more. The techniques are illustrated with Birgit O'Connor's bold and beautiful flowers, but are applicable to any subject. The included DVD shows key techniques in action-blending colors, creating hard and soft edges, and painting water drops-as well as troubleshooting common problems with washes. Watercolor has a reputation for being unpredictable. But the secret to success, as you'll learn here, is using the right amount of water, which lets you have more control ... and fun!
Signed copies available on my web-site or through Amazon or any fine books store.