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Accordion sketch book

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
This was a beautiful painting that she did 

The Star Flower - New Program

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.
Star Burst 60x40 Watercolor
To view the program follow this link or copy and paste it into you browser

Fall Colors

I was so impressed to see how everyone did during the workshop.  This wasn't an easy painting to do and they all did so well, with the large luminous washes, building texture, negative and positive painting, it was really exciting to see them all together.

Karen handled the negative space and shadow on the grapes beautifully .
Love the smile Julie, true happiness...Great job 

Fall Color in the Napa Valley.

We had a wonderful time looking at and painting fall color. 

The ladies bought me a cake to celebrate my Birthday during the workshop, it was so sweet of them.
 One evening we went to the Calistoga Inn for a lovely dinner and were serenaded by Alvon Johnson, that was a lovely treat.

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Pueblo CO Workshop

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.

Pueblo CO

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.

 Murals line the rivers edge.
Sangre de Cristo Arts and Convention Center  Judging in progress
 Art is everwhere