Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sonoma, California Watercolor Retreat...Bring the Artist to You!

I just got back from a delightful stay at the Feather Fall Retreat teaching a workshop for a talented group of ladies.  A year ago they hired me to come teach watercolor and see Sonoma for a week.  Generally they travel to take a workshop, but this time they decided to bring the artist to themselves.  This is something I contract occasionally for a specialized education workshop.

Some photo highlights from the trip...

--The welcoming day, as a feather floated from the sky

--Gift baskets for each of us at the first meal

--Picking fresh fruit and vegetables for delicious meals prepared by Barbara & Dean


--Wonderful scenery...overlooking hills, valleys, olive groves, vineyards, gardens, flowers...

--Delightful teaching & learning moments (Composition, Color Application, Glaze, En Plein Air, Pen & Ink w/watercolor)


--Wonderful painting outcomes!

--Laughter & fun getting to know one another

--Early morning & late evening walks

--En plein air drawing

--Olive oil tasting

Overall, a wonderful experience!

Think about bringing the art instructor to you!  Call for more info, these generally need to be booked at least 6 months--a year in advance.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Textures, Techniques and Tricks....oh my!

We had so much fun at this workshop!  This was held at the Gallery Northwest in Roseburg, Oregon, on Saturday August 22nd.   Have you ever wondered how watercolor artists do a certain technique or "look"?  This workshop explained it all.

We practiced numerous methods, including layered masking, how to do rocks, trees, etc., and then were able to take home a packet of over 20 samples to remind us of techniques to use in our future paintings.  

It got us all inspired!