I have to say I was so impressed with one of my students Debbie Abshear at my Calistoga workshop this month. Debbie does a lot of Plein Air Painting and is always doing value sketches where ever she goes, either in her note book or as you can see here, in an accordion sketch book which she make herself. I loved what she was doing and want to share her talent with you, basically she does quick studies to help her find her values then places the local color along side with a few notes. Love the affect and her work.
Value studies in a Accordion Sketch book
Local color placed next to the sketch
Debbie can make these sketch books any size that she likes
I am happy to announce that I have a new instructional program called The Star Flower available as an online rental or purchase as a download. DVD to be available for the Holiday Season
Star Flower 15x22 Watercolor
This program was filmed live in an actual workshop, now you can almost feel as if you were there. We will be working on a half sheet of 300 lb CP watercolor paper then starting with a simple exercise I will walk you through the painting process from beginning to end, every step of the way.
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I really enjoyed my time in Pueblo Co what a wonderful workshop. So many talented and interesting artists. The workshop was held at the historic site of the original Pueblo and now beautiful museum in Pueblo.
Our token man Bob, only had about a total of three hours of painting before the workshop. After discussing brush strokes, the amount of water used, type of brushes he really took off and the improvement was amazing to watch over a few days.
The workshop was successful for all level of artist's, beginning to advanced, some like Bob and others that have won National Competitions. Using the same composition helps everyone to get out of their box and away from their familiar style to learn and understand new techniques.
Art is everywhere, I just judged a watercolor exhibit for the SCWS at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Convention Center in Pueblo, CO. I was so impressed by the quality of paintings. At the museum we are in good company, works from Picasso, Matisse and Chagall are showing Sept 19 - Jan 11, and in town murals are everywhere.