Sunday, July 24, 2011

Maine Workshop

I just taught a workshop here in Maine at the "Acadia Workshop Center" in Bernard Maine, what a great location for a workshop. The location is inspiring. We had very unusual weather during this time with a big heat wave as did most of the country so we decided to take a break and go down to the beach and dip our toes in the Atlantic Ocean and refresh ourselves. It was wonderful.

Maine Workshop

Maine Workshop

I am having a wonderful time here in Maine, it is so inspiring I would love to do other workshops here on Landscapes and my rocks & sand technique along with my flowers and I can't wait to do some abstracts from the formations I found.

One day after the workshop in Bernard ME, I went into Southwest Harbor and happened upon a small gallery opening at the "Salty Dog" where I met a wonderful artist name Phil Steel, he has beautiful work. He honored me with one of his books titled "Net Loss"
Philip is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artist,(A.S.M.A) and Florida Watercolor Society, and a Fellow Member of the American Artist Professional League. He is published in Marquis Who's Who in American Art.
Here is his Website

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Beauty in every grain of SAND

Here is a wonderful view of the Beauty that is hidden in every grain of SAND.... Viewed at a magnification of over 250 times real life, tiny grains of sand are shown to be delicate, colorful structures as unique as snowflakes. I think we will have to take a closer look next time when were painting the sand at my upcoming workshop in August in Mendocino :) View the Article

Friday, July 1, 2011

Student wins First Prize

Hi, Birgit!......... I wanted you to be the first to know! After I got back
from my wonderful workshop with you at Cheap Joe’s, my local art society was
hosting an art show – the theme of it was Georgia O’Keeffe. So I decided to
use my skills that I had just learned………and my big brushes………..and entered
two paintings. One was a closeup of a rose, and one was a closeup of a
gardenia that grows outside our front door.

Tonight was the reception, and I won FIRST PRIZE for the gardenia!!! I was
so surprised, (and I made a fool of myself by crying!) but I was so
thrilled. And I just wanted you to be the first one to know before I shout
it out to the world! I’ve won ribbons for student art shows before, but this
was the first REAL show that I’ve won anything (and it carried a cash prize
of $100).

So, thank you so much for showing me the way to painting beautiful flowers.
And I’m SO glad I decided to buy your brushes! So, thank you. I’ve attached
a picture that was taken a couple hours ago.

A big hug………. Deb Chilcote FL (in the peanut gallery)

Congratulations !!!!
I LOVE IT... LOVE IT... LOVE IT .. I am sure everyone was touched by your tears of joy :) I just love your story..your choice of the composition & colors - Congratulations!!!!!! I am so proud of you