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Registration for my Sedona Workshop is Now Open

March 26-30, 2012 To register Follow this link to the NAWS Northern Arizona Watercolor Society



In this workshop Birgit guides you step-by-step through the painting process and shares her techniques of how to simplify a flower and find the WOW factor that creates dramatic paintings. Learn how to blend and mix color to give the illusion of depth by using a limited pallet. The techniques learned in this class are the same ones she uses for her larger 60"x120" triptychs, but for class purposes you will be using 1/2 sheets for the workshop a more manageable size.

You will start with a new composition everyday for the first few days, learn how to do large White then Red flowers then expand into more complicated compositions. The final compositions will be after Birgit evaluates the class and as time permits. Sketches and reference photos are provided to help you during the learning process so you can easily follow along with each painting demonstration. You are welcome to brin…

Registration for my Calistoga workshop is Now Open

Registration for my workshop in Calistoga March 1-4, 2012 is now open

Course Description
In this workshop Birgit guides you step-by-step through the painting process and shares her techniques of how to simplify a flower and find the WOW factor that creates dramatic paintings. Learn how blend and mix color to give the illusion of depth by using a limited pallet. The techniques learned in this class are the same ones she uses for her larger 60"x120" triptychs, but for class purposes you will be using 1/2 sheets for the workshop a more manageable size.

You will start with a new composition everyday for the first few days, learn how to do large White then Red flowers then expand into more complicated compositions. The final compositions will be after Birgit evaluates the class and as time permits. Sketches and reference photos are provided to help you during the learning process so you can easily follow along with each painting demonstration. You are welcome to bring your own refe…

Bamboo Hake Brush

Many of you know how much I love my Bamboo Hake Brush (or as some people call it the (Hate brush) Here is a quick fix to prevent it from loosing too many hairs. "First try to remove as many loose hairs as possible. Then apply a little crazy glue along the bottom of the bristles just along the bamboo handle, using a toothpick or needle work the glue deeper into the center, glue should only travel about ¼ inch up the tip just so the glue can penetrate into the center of the hair. Let thoroughly dry before using.



Why I like this brush is because it holds a lot of water (more like a puddle) and it is soft enough not to lift the previous layers of color or leave angular lines when glazing. The bad thing is that is has a tendency to easily loose hair. Many other wash brushes (that may be made better) just don’t seem to apply the amount of water that I like.

2012 Workshop Schedule

I have just posted my current 2012 workshop schedule on my website, some of the fall workshops are still in the planning stage and final dates will be added later. To view workshop schedule please visit www.birgitoconnor.com

A Few Openings Left

There are still a few openings for my November 4-6, 2011 Flowers Up Close & Personal, in Mendocino CA .....Let’s look deeper into the folds and under the petals of the flower and simpify form. We will release unnecessary details while adding others. For more information and online registration To register call (707) 937-5818 or (800) 653-3328

17th annual ‎"Aqua Areas"

‎"Aqua Areas" is the largest juried Watercolor exhibition in the North Bay. This year, over 120 original paintings are offered for sale from over 57 of the finest Northern California watercolor artists. This is the largest 'all watercolor' showcase in the North Bay, and has developed a faithful following of art lovers over the years. I was lucky to be juried into this lovely show and won the "Jean Schultz" award, I was very happy.





It was a wonderful event and very powerful with the Honor Guard remembering all that had perished in 911.

Group Photos

Here are our group photos of our two workshops "Within the Flower" & "Treasure from the shore"


Mendocino Workshop photos

Great time in Mendocino

We had a great time in Mendocino, one student came all the way from Hong Kong the weather was a little foggy for a good part of the time but by the second part of the workshop we finally got some good weather.