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Busy week

What a busy and awesome week, wrote an article for Artist Magazine, prepared an online workshop for Artist Network University, editing 2 new online workshops for my online school and ready to start the book for North Light next week....was that all in one week? ....yes - Yikes

What's your favorite brand of watercolor paint and color?

I think I can safely say that we all "LOVE" color, so I posed this question to my student groups to find out what they like and it's been interesting to hear all the different replies. 
Through the years I have gathered lots of different brands of color and when working on my own paintings I enjoy experimenting, but one of the challenges that can happen is when you try incorporating it into the current pallet. Some artists believe that you shouldn't mix brands, but really how often does that happen?
You could work with the three primaries of one brand, but if your like me, I enjoy playing and seeing how different color flows, rewet's, granulates and blends. It's exciting giving new colors a try, after all, as are artists, color is one of the things that inspires us. 
When buying a new brand of color make sure to test it first before committing to a painting.  Things to think about:How does it blend with other colors and brands.How is the transparency. Does the co…

Dot at the end of a brushstroke

Just in case you are having problems with a little dot on the end of a brushstroke, this should help you understand why it is happening and how to avoid it (from the Calla Lily Course / online workshops) https://vimeo.com/165948647

Mothers Day Sale

Mothers Day Sale
Save and additional 25% off the "Spring Flowers Online Workshop".
For 3 days only 
(Good until Monday May 9th 2016)

http://birgitoconnorwatercolors.teachable.com/courses/spring-flowers?product_id=73557&coupon_code=MOM16&preview=logged_out


Whale playing in the surf

Caught a picture of a whale playing in the surf while I was taking snaps for my upcoming workshop in Mendocino WAVES, WATER AND CLOUDS July 25–28, 2016 (Monday–Thursday, 9:30am–4:30pm) http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org/Summer16/OConnor.html Affordable lodging is available onsite http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org/level2/SummerHousing.lasso or at the Mendocino Hotel (European rooms $70 a night) and maybe the Hill House (check with the art center for more details) 



What a Wild weekend painting wildflowers

What a Wild weekend painting wildflowers in the Pt Reyes National Seashore. Howling winds, lost power, elephant seals on the beach, sea lions coming into the kitchen - what an Adventure and bonding experience. on the last day winds subsided it was absolutely beautiful.