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10 Tips in 10 Days – Free EBook from Interweave Press

10 Tips in 10 Days – Free EBook from Interweave Press

Here are some fun journaling tips from Interweave Press and Cloth Paper Scissors.  This free ebook features my article on Travel Journals, Using Maps as a Starting Point.  

Art journaling is a way to express yourself through writing and art at the same time.  This creative process pulls together a variety of materials to create mixed-media art.  In this free ebook you will get art journaling tips, including how to make a travel journal from maps, how to make an art journal instages, and how to choose the right tools for your art journal adventures!

Finding Inspiration to Paint, Part 5

Finding Inspiration to Paint, Part 5

A fun and easy thing to do to get you inspired to paint is to do some watercolor exercises.  It is also a great way to see how your paints interact with each other.  I love doing little studies and will often bind them in a notebook to keep for future reference.  Relax and enjoy watching the paint flow.  Here are a few of the studies I like to do.  What kind of watercolor studies do you like to do?

Online Classes – Watercolor Toolbox Two

Online Classes – Watercolor Toolbox Two

Online classes are starting soon with the Artful Gathering Online Workshop.  I am teaching a follow up to last year’s beginners class – Watercolor Toolbox.

Watercolor Toolbox Two is the perfect way to help you improve your beginning watercolor painting skills.  You will learn how to do a contour drawing, make a color mixing chart, and how to get volume and depth in your paintings.  I will share my easy drawing techniques that will make drawing fun and easy.  This online class is the perfect complement to Watercolor Toolbox, now available as a DVD!

A Treasure Hunt!

A Treasure Hunt!

Artful Gathering Online Art Retreat is hosting a blog hop treasure hunt starting today, April 2, 2014!  Today is the first day of the treasure hunt and my blog has one of the secret words you will need to solve the final puzzle.  There are many prizes to win and the grand prize is a free workshop of your choice!  

To learn how the treasure hunt works and to see the prizes please visit Artful Gathering Online Art Retreat.  If you would like to sign up for the NEWSLETTER, you will get weekly updates on where to find the next treasure hunt words.  

This is my second year teaching watercolor classes with this unique online workshop.  You will paint along with me in the comfort of your own home with my personalized videos. 
This year I am teaching two workshops:  Watercolor Toolbox and Watercolor Fun.  Watercolor Toolbox is perfect for someone that wants to start watercolor painting.  Watercolor Fun will take your watercolor painting skills to the next level.So start your treasure hunt here on my blog page.  Look for the secret word.  I hope you have fun and will keep my fingers crossed that you win the free workshop grand prize! 

Painting Highlights…..

Painting Highlights…..

My favorite time of 2013 was painting daily in Provence, France with a wonderful group of artists.  Twelve wonderful artist joined me on my 3rd watercolor journaling trip to St. Remy de Provence.  I love this charming town not only for its own charm but because within an hour in all directions, we were in awe inspiring locations painting plein air.  Here are a few highlights from our trip:

One of our favorite times of the day was sharing our paintings in our journals

The red poppies were out in full bloom!

We were lucky to be in St. Remy for the traditional costume parade

There was lots of dancing in the streets of St. Remy

 My next European Watercolor Trip:  ADVENTURES IN ITALY

Back in Stock!

Back in Stock!

I just got a message from Daniel Smith Art Supplies that my Watercolor Kit will be back in stock this week.  Apparently the Arches Watercolor Journal (that I love!) has been out of stock all over the country for awhile.  This kit is great for travelers and beginner painters.  Here is a video where I show what you get in the kit:

Watercolor Lesson – Creating Colorful Darks, Part 3

Watercolor Lesson – Creating Colorful Darks, Part 3

At this point, I have started to add the leaves of the flowers and the shadows that the flowers have cast onto the stone wall.  I have also added a shadow on the right side of the window facing.  Notice too that I have lifted the window inside the dark area. – Almost done!
Watercolor Lesson – Creating Colorful Darks – Part 1
Watercolor Lesson – Creating Colorful Darks – Part 2