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Masking on Damp Paper

I was just reminded that many of you don't know that you can apply Masking / Frisket to damp paper for softer edges. Some will work better than others - I like Pebeo. Other products may have a tendency to adhere to the paper while drying. I use this technique all of the time in my "Treasures from the shore" or "From the Sea" workshops in Point Reyes and Mendocino.

The trick is how wet the surface is when applying the masking or it can look like a blob. You can see an example in my book "Watercolor Essentials" from North Light or go to my fan page Birgit O'Connor Watercolors - photos pg. 2 Mendocino 2010 (look for the demos of rocks on the wall)

Some masking / frisket brands suggest NOT to use it on damp paper, that is why I like Pebeo - it works great!! I have never had any problems with it... I have had students use other brands without any problems but it is good to keep in mind that the brand may make a difference I use this technique on Arches p…

Stanford is finaly looking at the overlap between Lyme and chronic illness

TOUCHED BY LYME: Stanford investigates Lyme, Part 1 of 2
The Stanford docs who've poured their careers and hearts into trying to crack the case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are suddenly curious about the overlap between Lyme, viruses and symptoms of chronic illness. Dr. Montoya's team is testing the blood of a large sample of California patients for everything from Lyme to co-infections to viruses.

Monsters Inside Me: The Tick-Borne Parasite : Video : Animal Planet

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Babesiosis is carried by ticks. It can cause extremely high fevers and even death!

When I was horribly ill one doctor told me that I shouldn't watch programs like this or do research on babesia or Lyme because she said that it is better left up to the doctors. ...Right....funny thing non of those doctors diagnosed problem or knew what tests to ask for, only by doing my own research I was able to ask the right questions and know what I was looking for. ...(makes me so mad - it is better to be informed and not in fear)

The blessing from my own experiences is that I can help others... and am not shy to talk about it. It is a very strange thing, I don't know if most people people with Lyme are afraid of judgement (it seems that some are) and others go into denial. (That has ben shocking to me). The problem with denial is the longer you ignore it, the worse it gets and you start treating the symptoms and not the underlying problem.

That was w…

Mendocino July 2010

Here are a few photos of Mendocino and a couple of one of the other workshops that were going on at the same time our watercolor workshop was.

Little Things Make a Big Difference in Marketing your Art

This is a great article from Xanadu Gallery

Have you ever stood in an art gallery and said to yourself: "My work
is better than the art in this gallery. Why are these artists selling in
galleries and I'm not?"

I have spent the last several years helping artists answer this
question. I have discovered it is the little things that can make all
the difference in an artist's career.

Before I share some of these little things that add up to make a big
difference, let me introduce myself. My name is Jason Horejs, I own
Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have owned the gallery for over
eight years, and have been in the gallery business for 17 years.

Can little things make a difference in your career? I invite you to
ponder the suggestions below, all ideas I will expand upon in my
upcoming workshop. These little ideas, put into practice with your
marketing plan will help you present your work more professionally. They
will help you get into galleries and sell more of your…

Alpena Michigan 2010

From the shores of lake Huron in our workshop Alpena Michigan.

Indianapolis Indiana June 2010

What a wonderful group of students.

Indianapolis Indiana June 2010

Indianapolis Indiana June 2010

We all had such a fun time, great weather, thunder storm and tonado warnings and wonderful people

New DVD Reviews

New Wave, Water & Clouds DVD Reviews are coming in

Here are only a few reviews that some of you have sent back to me. I am so glad that you are enjoying this new program.

Hi Birgit,
I've only watched 5 minutes of your DVD and have learned not to work so hard on those clouds. I'm in is awesome, cannot wait to be able to watch and paint through out the rest. Thank you, you are the best teacher/demonstrator. You have found your calling!!
hugs, Penny WI

I viewed the rest of the DVD and it is just as great as the first 5 minutes. I photographed Point Bonita and it seems to me that a vertical scape of land pieces jutting out and water splashing up against land with little lighthouse at bottom would be challenging for me, BUT with these new skills from DVD I might be able to pull it off. THAT would make me a very happy camper.
You're the best! Penny, WI

Hi Birgit,

I have been thoroughly enjoying your new DVD, it was a great follow up to the workshop a couple of weeks ag…

Mendocino Rhododendron Workshop 2010

Mendocino Spring Flower workshop
In Mendocino CA.

I challenged the ladies with Daffodils, Calla's and Tulips they all did a great job and learned allot very fast. We all had a wonderful time.

Waves & Water DVD coming soon

Coming soon: If all goes right, I might have the editing done this afternoon, then off the the replicators next week - this DVD program is about 1 1/2 hours, rather long but it is PACKED with so much information, multiple demonstrations and EASY painting exercises that you can follow along. No doubt you will feel successful, I do hope you enjoy it. I'll keep you posted.

Covering large areas quickly

Hi Birgit:
I was attempting to paint as you do, following along with your video, but my own flower, etc.
The question is that I had a large area in the background on the upper left top. By the time I painted around the detailed areas of the flower and then attempted to pull the paint to the edges, I was not getting the flow that I wanted and needed. I painted that area 4 different times trying to get the look. Any suggestions?
Sharon D. CA

Hi Sharon
It might be hard to make a suggestion with out seeing what you are doing exactly, I usually work pretty dry along the edges with a small brush then increase the size of the brush as the area gets larger then pull the color out with water or diluted color.
Hope that helps
Best wishes

April 2010 issue of "Watercolor Artist Magazine"

In the April 2010 issue of "Watercolor Artist Magazine" there is an article on pg 60 "Workshop 101" by Jessica Canterbury, I was asked my opinion on workshops, what to bring, how to act, what to expect etc. one photo is from my Lewiston workshop. I wish everyone could have been in it, but it was a nice surprise to see some of you again, I hope that you like it.