It’s been a lovely time painting and relaxing in Umbria and Tuscany Italy. I brought my watercolor journal and a few painting supplies. Relaxing with a glass of wine on a sunny, warm Terrace, I was able to paint this beautiful scene at our little villa just outside the walled city of Cortona, Italy. My journals have become my diaries. I call them visual diaries. Painting is my specialty and not really writing. I would rather paint, draw, and experiment with mixed media. Therefore, art journals are not so much about making art but recording my life in a colorful way.
Watercolor Journeys Travel Tips
Once in a while, I like to share travel tips for the traveling artist. I call these Watercolor Journeys Travel Tips. I always take a watercolor journal with me when I travel. I am always looking for some smart, fun travel ideas for my supplies.
This Watercolor Journeys Travel Tips is the Nomad Box Pen Case. Here is a great zippered bag to hold a lot of art supplies such as pens, pencils, tubes of paint, erasers, small ruler or small scissors. You can get them at one of my favorite online stores, JetPens for pens and such. It is a Nomad Box Pen Case.
This stylish, large-capacity pen case opens wide. It stays open so that you can easily pick out the pens you need.
- Wide-opening main compartment that stays open on its own and holds approximately 30 pens.
- Three pockets inside the main compartment for organizing small items like erasers, lead, and sticky notes. There is one large mesh pocket and two small fabric pockets.
- One large outside pocket for frequently-accessed items.
- A loop on one end for fastening the case to a clip, hanging it from a hook, or for using as a handle.
Artist Jacqueline Newbold enjoys painting life in color! Her color-filled watercolor paintings capture a moment in time – sunlight on red poppies, the glow of a Tuscan village perched on a mountaintop, or the brilliance of a dramatic Oregon Cascade Mountain sunset. Jacqueline loves to share her passion for watercolor painting and mixed-media art journaling by teaching in her Art in My Heart private studio, the Art Unraveled Art Retreats in Phoenix, the Art & Soul Retreats in Portland, Oregon, France, and Italy. She teaches private watercolor lessons, classes and workshops in her private art studio in Bend, Oregon. Stay tuned for more Watercolor Journeys Travel Tips!
The Creative Process, A Peak inside my Empty Watercolor Journal
Do you enjoy the anticipation of an upcoming vacation or trip? Do you practice packing your suitcase with your favorite clothes? To me the journey begins way before walking out the door, suitcase in hand. I love preparing my art supplies for my travels. Planning for my upcoming trip, Painting the Italian light, Orvieto, Italy. My smaller journal is a Strathmore 400 Field Watercolor Sketchbook. For years I have had a love/hate relationship with the Strathmore field book. Every other piece of (crappy) watercolor page alternates with a piece of drawing paper. This drawing paper is where my mixed-media imagination soars and I have probably filled at least 20 of these journals with art from my travels.
|Pages in my journal prepared for the trip|
|First page in my new journal with inspiring quote.|
in order to compensate for the not so great watercolor paper I tear my Strathmore Sketchbook apart. I kept the metal coil and the black hard covers. I filled it with Arches 140 paper alternating with Strathmore 400 series drawing paper. I prepared the drawing papers with colorful backgrounds and finished the first page with an inspiring quote for my upcoming trip: “To Paint…. to travel…. the combine the two is to celebrate life” (Jack Brouwer).
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!
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!
Here is some information about my
Painting Workshop in Provence, France 2019!
I am so excited to tell you about this fun painting workshop in May 2019! Check out details at French Escape
You will learn to incorporate watercolor and mixed-media techniques as we spend on a magical time together. In this watercolor workshops, we will explore the area, rich with sights, sounds, and colors. This is all wonderful inspiration for developing your artistic eye. Our host will be frenchescapade.com. They will provide many delicious meals cooked by a French chef and transportation to painting sites. We will stay in a charming hotel with a little river meandering through the garden. There is an outside swimming pool, a hot tub, and a riverside terrace bar all surrounded by impressive mountains. This workshop is available for all levels, beginners and experienced artists are all invited to come along on this delightful trip!
Artist Jacqueline Newbold enjoys painting life in color! Her color-filled watercolor paintings capture a moment in time. She loves to paint the sunlight on red poppies, the glow of a Tuscan village perched on a mountaintop, and the brilliance of a dramatic Oregon Cascade Mountain sunset. Jacqueline loves to share her passion for watercolor painting and mixed-media art journaling by teaching in her Art in My Heart private studio, the Art Unraveled Art Retreats in Phoenix, the Art & Soul Retreats in Portland, Oregon, France, and Italy. She teaches private watercolor lessons, classes, and workshops in her private art studio in Bend, Oregon.
Pixie Star loves being surrounded by color!
Pixee Star and I have been playing around with my color palette. Those of you who know me, know that I am obsessed with color and watercolor is my favorite medium. In preparing for my All About Color class that I am teaching in my Bend, Oregon Studio, I took a closer look at the yellows on my palette. My goal was to have the warmest yellow and the coolest yellow available. I am happy to announce that I found a cooler yellow than I already had! It is the Daniel Smith Lemon Yellow. It is bright, fresh, and semi-transparent. Next I will try using it in triad and tetrad mixes. If I come up with something great, I will let you know!
Here are some photos from my Color Class. There is some serious color study going on!
It was an honor to be asked to contribute sketches for the book and an honor to have Jeannine use mine sketch as a demo!