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Sedona Blooms

What a wonderful location for a workshop and so inspiring.
Some of you have wondered where is Boon he is here too.


The first couple of days may can get frustrated trying to understand how to flow the color and use the water. Holding the brush and how much pressure to apply. They can feel as if they were just thrown into deep water without a life raft as they continue on it is amazing to see how they develop. 
On the third day I love to see their faces with joy and amazement after they see their work lined up when we do a critique. Even people that are reluctant to share are pleasantly surprised with what they have done.

 These are not quite done they still need a little more detail and color intensity in the background but to see them all together was so much fun

Sedona Workshop 2012

Sedona was an amazing location for a workshop red rocks, clear skies it was very inspiring. I enjoyed doing the workshop for NWAS Northern Arizona Watercolor Society. Along with some of the members we had 16 students from all over the country that came to join us
 There were many wonderful places to go for hikes after the workshop. Here is just one of them I am on top of the airport Vortex. You can see how the trees twist as they follow the energy as they grow  out of the rocks.
 It was such a treat to see the bright yellow balloon fly over the desert they actually came and landed right next to me as I was standing on an overlook and invited me to a champagne picnic - such a nice invitation but I was on my way to teach my workshop - perhaps another time. Funny how I saw the same one a couple of weeks ago in Calistoga, as it turns out that same balloon was from the same company here in Sedona and they sold it to the people in Calsitoga - what are the odds.

Louisiana Watercolor Society 42nd International Exhibition

I'm happy to say that my painting "Lets Dance" was accepted into the Louisiana Watercolor Society 42nd International Exhibition in New Orleans. I feel very fortunate to be included with so many talented artists.

Step-by-step: Stargazer Lilies

Learn how to control color using masking.
Stargazer lilies are basically white flowers with bold strokes of color in the center of each petal. The challenge here is to control color within a designated area and not allow it to flood to the edges of the petal. This is a good example of how using the right brush gives you more control over the medium. In this case, masking will come in very handy, allowing you to continue the flow of color without interruption.
Materials you will need:
Paper—½ sheet 300-lb. (640gsm) rough or cold press
Brushes—No. 30 natural-hair round, mop or hake • No. 14 sable/synthetic blend round • Nos. 3 and 8 synthetic rounds
Pigments—Carbazole Violet • French Ultramarine • Hansa Yellow • Indanthrene Blue • Indigo • Permanent Alizarin Crimson • Permanent Carmine • Permanent Sap Green • Phthalo Green • Quinacridone Magenta • Winsor Red
Other—Graphite pencil • Masking fluid1. Draw and mask; then begin the petals.
Lightly sketch the flower, then mask the stamens and let th…

Tips: How to Loosen the Cap on a Tube of Paint

I am often asked in workshops how to open a welded-shut tube of paint. Here are some ways you can try to loosen the cap.
Use the flame of a match to warm the cap from the tube then loosen.Place the end of the tube in warm or hot water to loosen.PliersAnother way is to use a nonskid rubber mat (that is used to open jars) usually about 6 x 6 inches available at kitchen supply stores but this can sometimes be hard to find.
Sharron MacBride in my BC workshop shared her idea for a less expensive way to get the same results and much more easily available. Rubber shelf liners. You can find these just about anywhere, hardware, grocery, large chain stores etc.

Cut into a small square, and then unscrew the cap. If the cap is still to tight, loosen with warm water or match first then turn.

Calistoga Workshop March 2012

Wine, Spa & Mustard fields and interesting people what a colorful place to hold a workshop. You can even go for a balloon ride before the workshop.Will be back in October to see and paint the fall colors in the vineyards