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Paint, Finding Inspiration

Paint, Finding Inspiration

Artists can get a little bogged down once in awhile and need the inspiration to paint

Sometimes artists need the inspiration to paint.  Maybe it is because we tend to paint the same subject matter, use the same color scheme, or feel like we are not growing in our art.  One way to get a jump start on the new day ahead is to browse through the latest issue of the Art Journaling magazine.  It is always filled with colorful, edgy, creative art.  I am excited to say that my Baja Journal is featured in the latest issue of Art Journaling!

Paint with Art Journaling
I was published in Art Journaling

This is the cover of the new Art Journaling magazine published by Stampington and Co.  I love seeing the brightly colored orange flower against the powder blue background.  It is so simply painted and with the added splashes of white paint, the artist makes it look loose and lively.  Why not try painting this flower to get you started on a colorful day!  Simple, colorful and fun.

Another idea for finding inspiration is to paint along with an art DVD.  I have several available for purchase with the online shop at the Artful Gathering the online art retreat.  Check it out!

Art Journaling Magazine!

Art Journaling Magazine!

Art Journaling Summer 2018 Magazine Available July 1st!

Just out is the new ART JOURNALING MAGAZINE.  The new Stampington Magazine is available for purchase.  My article, Baja Journey Journal, is about including flora and fauna in my watercolor art journals.  I show how I use field notes to collect information about the birds and animals that I observe.  The field notes are helpful to my paintings and drawings.

DVD FOR WATERCOLOR ARTISTS – Watercolor Fun!

DVD FOR WATERCOLOR ARTISTS – Watercolor Fun!

A Jacqueline Newbold DVD Watercolor Fun

Take your watercolor painting skills to the next level. You will paint along with Jacqueline as she shows how she paints several paintings from start to finish.

Composition, glazing, edge control, layering, adding darks, and self-critique is some of the watercolor techniques she will cover in this step-by-step painting workshop.

Jacqueline shows step-by-step how to paint with waterolor
Join Jacqueline Newbold in some watercolor fun!

Included will be how to paint loose and how to fix problem areas. Each painting will start with a short “warm-up” exercise. This is a great workshop for beginner and advanced painters that want to improve their watercolor painting skills.

This DVD is a great gift for your watercolor artist!

DVD for the Beginner Watercolor Artist

DVD for the Beginner Watercolor Artist

WATERCOLOR TOOLBOX is the perfect DVD for the absolute watercolor beginner:  how to set up your palette, all about brushes, paper, paints, and more!

Watercolor Toolbox for Beginners
Watercolor Toolbox for Beginners

DVD Beginner Watercolor Artist by Jacqueline Newbold.  Explore techniques to get you started on your artistic journey, you will learn the correct way to set up a palette and care for your watercolor art supplies as well as a variety of basic watercolor techniques.

All your examples can be put into a file or journal creating a toolbox for future reference. This workshop is the perfect introduction to watercolor painting!

How to Paint a Palm Tree with Watercolors

How to Paint a Palm Tree with Watercolors

How to paint a palm tree with watercolors

Anyone heading to a tropical paradise this summer?  Are you taking your paints and watercolor palette?  Chances are you may want to paint a palm tree.  I made this video about how to paint a palm tree with watercolors.  I use my watercolor paints and a sea sponge.  Even if you are not traveling to a tropical island, this is a fun exercise for a summer day!

Inspiration from Nature

Inspiration from Nature

Where to Find Inspiration for Painting

An inspiration for painting can come at any moment.  I always take my camera with me.  I never know what beauty will show up and inspire me to get my watercolor supplies out and paint. Lately, I have been having fun painting nature:  birds, feathers, foxes, bunnies… on a recent hike and morel hunting mission, I am inspired to paint mushrooms!  Today!

Where do you find inspiration for painting?

“Nature” is what we see—
The Hill—the Afternoon—
Squirrel—Eclipse— the Bumble bee—
Nay—Nature is Heaven—
Nature is what we hear—
The Bobolink—the Sea—
Thunder—the Cricket—
Nay—Nature is Harmony—
Nature is what we know—
Yet have no art to say—
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.

Emily Dickinson

Inspirations for Painting Watercolor

A Day at the Beach

A Day at the Beach

A stroll along the water, the rocky shore, sea life washed ashore is all inspiration for new watercolor paintings.

A day at the beach refreshes the soul!  The sights, the exploring, the fresh air….

Inspiration for paintings

Evening On Calais Beach – Poem by William Wordsworth

IT is a beauteous evening, calm and free,

Inspiration for a watercolor painting
Evening at the Oregon Coast

The holy time is quiet as a Nun
Breathless with adoration; the broad sun
Is sinking down in its tranquillity;
The gentleness of heaven broods o’er the sea:
Listen! the mighty Being is awake,
And doth with his eternal motion make
A sound like thunder–everlastingly.
Dear Child! dear Girl! that walkest with me here,
If thou appear untouch’d by solemn thought,
Thy nature is not therefore less divine:
Thou liest in Abraham’s bosom all the year;
And worshipp’st at the Temple’s inner shrine,
God being with thee when we know it not.

Local Watercolor Classes – Bend, Oregon

Local Watercolor Classes – Bend, Oregon

Local Summer Watercolor Classes

Location:  My private Bend, Oregon art studio.
Each class will focus on different watercolor skills.  $30 per class.  Tuesdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
Session One
June 5, 12, 19, 2018
Session Two
July 10, 17, 24, 2018
Please email me if you would like to sign up for classes!

Jacqueline Newbold, art, watercolor, watercolor classes in Bend, Oregon
Local watercolor classes
Painting in France, May 2019

Painting in France, May 2019

Join me on an artistic journey of creative expression! 

I am teaching a watercolor painting and art journaling workshop in Provence, France, May 10 – 17, 2019.  

Registration is now open.  If you book now you will receive an early-bird discount. Experience the magic of Provence:  cypresses and olive groves, scents of wild thyme and lavender, medieval villages perched on hilltops, and a countryside rich with bright, crimson-red poppies – all a feast for your senses.  

 

Watercolor Journaling, Part 4

Watercolor Journaling, Part 4

  • Whitespace is a thing of beauty.  When I first started painting, I was told to cover every square inch of the paper with paint.  Now I realize that was not the best advice.  Not placing color on every square inch of your paper leaves some places for things to sparkle—just like the sunlight! Your white paper is your “white paint” so you always want to save some light!
  • Wherever the paper is wet you can bet things are going to spread.  Color will travel when the paper is wet, even slightly damp.  Use this to your advantage!  And learn when to stop.  There comes a time when the paper has started to be drier than your brush.  This is when it is time to set your brush down and go make yourself some tea 🙂
  • Even when a paper appears dry, it may be damp enough for colors to not stay put which can cause color to feather out. Paper that feels “cool” to the top of your index finger still has moisture in it, so if you want that color to stay exactly in its place, let the paper dry until it feels the same temp as areas that have not been wetted at all before applying color.