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Creativity Knocking – Volume One!

Well, October was not blogging month around here!

I MISSED you!

So much has happened since last we spoke, that it would take a whole lifetime just to list it, let alone talk about it.

You know how I don’t care for the reciting of TO-DO lists, especially the ones with capitol letters, so I won’t  be doing that here. I’ll be sharing some of the more interesting stuff as it becomes relevant, because I will be blogging a LOT more, but I won’t make you sit and listen today.

But one thing does stand out from this past month . . .

I figured out what I want to be when I grow up!

I want to be an artist.

Duh! You say.

But, truthfully, I don’t get to *BE* an artist that much. I am much too busy BEing a crazy person instead.

As you know, I have a gallery. Therefore, I have a destination for anything I create. Truth is that Mark and I will not do this again, so this is it, and I must take advantage of the opportunity and make art! If not now, then when?

So, everything I do must dovetail into that.

Lucky for us all, I love to keep an art journal, and so it makes sense that I journal the details of my ideas, endeavors, and adventures in my art making. Right?

And I have been doing that.

And I put the first completed journal into a PDF Workbook.

And I just published it – for your creating pleasure.

One of the things that went on during October is that I ran out of gas – me, not my car. Since our Borders is closed, I drove all the way to Albuquerque to go to Barnes and Noble, have some coffee and look for inspiring art books and magazines to buy.

If you would have told me 10 years ago, that almost all VARIETY would pretty much disappear from art books and magazines, I would never have believed you. I could see where that could happen in some fields of publishing, but surely not CREATIVE publishing!

I came home empty handed. But I have hopes for my own personal inspiration via blogs, Pinterest, etc.

For you – I can give you something exciting and inspiring in a workbook!

It’s really more of a “Playbook”, but that sounds like football. And it’s not about football.

It’s not a magazine. By their nature, they must move briefly through subject matter and be full of advertising.

It’s not a book because it’s not about a single subject.

So, I decided to call it a workbook’guidebook.

Creativity Knocking is just what it says. It’s a VARIETY of creative ideas, idea starters, and idea finishers. It should give you lots to think and do, and hopefully, start you down some paths that I haven’t even thought of yet.

I love it and I am not going to put a schedule on it so I can continue loving it. It is a part of the “art” I am making, and part of the “art” I have made. It is fun. It is inspiring.

And I hope you love it because I want to do many more volumes.

Without further ado, here it is . . .

Creativity Knocking, Volume One

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Morning Coffee #28 – Art Blossoms . . .

I love drawing and painting flowers.

This photo was actually taken last fall when my love affair with Hibiscus was just beginning because I had bought some plants at Trader Joe’s! Sky dog had been painting earlier but she wore herself out and needed a nap.

Here is the blossom I was painting . . .

And here is the finished painting . . .

I painted it in one of my very favorite watercolor books – the American Journey Travel Journal. Page size is 12″ x 9″ and the surface is 140lb Hot Press. Finding hot press watercolor paper in a book is rare. These are not inexpensive, but they are on sale for $19.99 at the moment, and they are worth every penny.

American Journey Travel Journal

A really important part of being able to paint flowers is being able to draw flowers. If you have taken my Art of Photography Workshop, you know that I did not even allow you to take photos of flowers for your first challenge, maintaining that a monkey with a cell phone could take a great photo of a flower because they are so darn beautiful.

Not so with drawing flowers, though, because they are complicated. Lots of folks are afraid to try because they don’t know where to start, and monkeys are especially afraid. I’m not talking about doodling fantasy flowers here, which is easy. I’m talking about drawing flowers that are recognizable, even as a line drawing.

You know I like to make complicated things easier, so back around January, I started writing a book on the subject. I was also trying to see if I could create a whole workbook just on my iPad. I have worked on it now and then since, and yesterday, I finished it. Ta-Da!!

It’s a 60 page, instantly downloadable, PDF E-Workbook, and it teaches you how to look at a photograph (or a real life flower), and draw it. I have a formula and a plan to follow that makes it all very easy.

This is the first in a series of Draw Simple Books (I hope), and I did create it entirely on my iPad. It’s available now for $15 here:

Draw Simple Flowers

Suzanne McNeil Wannabe

Not really, but sorta.

I would be surprised if many of you did not recognize that name. Suzanne is an artist who started a company some years back called Design Originals. She publishes single subject art and craft books that are only about 35 pages long and sell for $12.99.

I remember thinking that was pretty pricey when I first encountered them, but then I bought a couple and realized how chock-full of information they were – no waste, no filler. I bought more and so did a lot of other people.

Design Originals grew into a very successful company.

Now – switch the subject to me.

I was publishing PDF ebooks 12 years ago – when everyone who did not have a computer art background was still saying “Huh?”

Well, now ebooks are “all the rage” as they say.

The best format for an illustrated book is still the PDF. Everybody can open, read, and print them, and all the pictures and type stay where they are supposed to. They are better than a real book in that you can zoom in for a closer look at details, and they are searchable.

You can also put them into iBooks on your iPad and read them, search them, zoom them, there.

I think some other tablets can also accept PDF files, but I don’t have any other tablets, so I don’t know which or what. I do not think Kindle can because their format was set up for text only books, and has a hard time with graphics still.

ANYWAY, one big thought blossom that did get put into the permanent To-Do vase was that I want to publish Art-E-Workbooks of all kinds, and that is the business I want to build along with my Sheer Heaven business. Hopefully, I’m off to a good start.

In fact, what do you think of that as a name for them – Art-E-Workbooks? Arty – get it?

The Banana Slicer

You really must visit this product on Amazon if you want a good laugh. Don’t bother with the product, but read the customer reviews. I don’t know where the Review Police were, but the reviews are hysterical. It’s sort of like a flash mob happening in the review section. People just picked up the humor and kept it going . . . hurry before the Review Police get wind of this . . .

Bananas

Artist Showcase – Nagai Hideyuki

Honestly, I could not wrap my brain around this until I watched the little video provided, and then still . . . These are just two flat sketchbooks! And the artist is just 21!

3D Sketchbooks

It’s a Beautiful Day . . .

And I am going out to the garden to draw flowers. You can too. I know where there is a great how-to book! (grin)

iPad Studio 2012

I really cannot tell you how excited I am to make this announcement. I have struggled long and hard with just how I could share what I have learned about creating on my iPad in the past year. I wanted to do it in just the right way, in the right sequence, format, etc. I want us all to experience this joy together.

I have learned how the iPad can contain my WHOLE studio – how I can do almost everything I do in my studio on my iPad and not tell the difference in the end result. (I haven’t figured out how to bind a handmade book yet, but who knows – grin). But I can do everything else – including my beloved Art Journaling!

I have finally hit on the most fun, most user friendly, most exciting workshop format there could be – outside of us running away to Hawaii together and doing all of it on the beach!

The best way to explain it to you is the way I have already explained it on the Workshop description page:

http://www.dotcalmvillage.net/ipadstudio2012.html

Come and spend 2012 with me becoming an iPad artist/artisan!

At least read all about it!

Tech Tuesday #2 – Texture

Every Tuesday will not contain a Photoshop/Elements lesson because I could not put that kind of obligation on myself, but I was fooling around with this today and I thought I may as well share.

I found a website where a Brazilian designer gives away a texture each Tuesday.

I thought that was nicely coincidental.

Here is the link:

http://abduzeedo.com/tuesday-total-textures-104

There are quite a few Textures on that page to choose from, and she has many more in the archives.

What do you do with textures?

That is a good question, and I can give you a couple of answers. Your own creative instincts will give you plenty more, I am sure.

I downloaded this Texture from the site.

Although the Textures offered are 300ppi, the size is only about 2 inches wide. So, you must Resample the image to match the size of the photo you want to use it with. Both the Resolution and the width must match.

The best photos for this effect are ones that already have some personality going on – personality that will be enhanced by the texture.

I took this Sun Face photo in Indiana back in 2010. The lighting was not ideal but I like the color and the concept of a “sun” in shade, and the crescent moon shape of the shadow spoke to me as well.

This photo is approximately 8 inches wide so I sized the Paper Texture image to match.

The next step is to drag one file into the other.

(If you do not know how to drag images into each other or to deal with Layers, you need my Photoshop Elements Kindergarten Workshop).

When you drag one file into the other, it will come in on a Layer of its own – above the original.

So, there are a couple of choices to make that will yield different results.

I first dragged the Paper Texture to the Sun Face file. I selected the Paper Texture Layer and changed the Normal Mode to Multiply. This results in only the parts of the Paper Texture that are darker than the photo to show.

I really liked what happened here. You can fine-tune the effect with the Opacity Slider for the Paper Texture Layer.  I used Save As to save this image without affecting my two original files.

Then, for a different look, I opened my original photo again and dragged it over to the Paper Texture file (which was still open). This time the photo is on top of the texture.

I played with the Opacity Slider for the photo Layer to allow some of the texture to show through (about 70% Opacity for the photo in this case). This creates a much softer and muted version . . .

And, it’s a little too muted for me, so I used the Unsharp Mask Filter at 165 (Radius of 2.3) to create this version which I like a lot better.

 

Here is a comparison of the original and the two textured versions, so you can see the very different reults of the two methods . . .

With the variety of Textures provided by Tuesday Total Textures, and all the images in your own stash, it could be awhile before you run out of interesting art images!! You can create your own textures by taking photos or scanning things too.

A Gift for You . . .

Recent versions of Photoshop and Elements have maddening workspaces which lock your photos up in a framework of clutter – making it VERY difficult to work with more than one file open and see what you are doing. I can’t stand it, so I put together a little PDF on how to slap that workspace into shape. You can always put it back the way it was, but I don’t think you will want to.

http://cre8it.com/workspace.pdf

Hang on to this PDF. Next time I will show you how to read PDF files as iBooks on your iPad and maybe your Kindle or Kindle App (if my sources are correct, you can do that now. You could not do it before, so that would be a happy addition).

Have fun!

Introducing Tech Tuesday . . .

Yes, actually, I do know it’s Thursday, but odd time-warp things are not unusual around here.

Why not call it Tech Thursday? Just doesn’t sound as good. So, the fact that our first Tech Tuesday is a Thursday will just go down as one of those interesting things.

I started Sunday Morning Coffee seven weeks ago, and it has been very well-loved. I thought an additional theme might be fun, and I know that these days *everyone* is connected in some way to technology. You can’t get away from it, and you shouldn’t try. The gifts abound – especially the gifts for artists and artisans.

So, every Tuesday, I will talk about things that connect our creative lives to technology. It may be something about the iPad or iPhone, or digital photography, or reading Kindle Books, or Photoshop/Elements things, or . . . well. you get the idea.

Don’t think you will be left out of these conversations because you are not tech-savvy, because the point of this is to help you increase your “savvy” and comfort level with all of this new magic.

Creating with Elements/Photoshop is now a WHENEVER Workshop.

When I created this workshop as the last scheduled workshop for 2011, I got lots of emails from folks who wanted to take it, but had scheduling problems. Those who did take it REALLY loved it, so I decided to move it to the WHENEVER line-up so you could take it when it does fit your schedule.

The photo above is a Cyanotype created by Photoshop/Elements techniques instead of the usual coated paper, sun, and water method of real life Cyanoptypes. There is a beauty and mystery to this look that turn any photo into an intriguing art image. This one is from a line of greeting cards I created with Cyanotypes, which I call Southwest Blue. They pretty much stop traffic in the gallery.

The workshop also teaches you how to make fake Polaroid Transfers which look just like the real ones, and “distressed” photos created with an additive rather than destructive approach.

The other three lessons teach you how to create projects – original art pieces that I make for my gallery. I don’t publish them outside the workshop, because I don’t want the world copying the ideas, but take my word for it, they are cool.

Here is the link to the Workshop Description page, or you can click Whenever Workshops in the sidebar.

Creating with Photoshop/Elements


Reading Kindle Books . . .

Do you need to own a Kindle? No.

I have an iPad, but all my ebooks are Kindle. That is because there is a Kindle App for the iPad. With it, you can Sample, Purchase, and Read any books from the Kindle Store.

But, you don’t need to own an iPad either.

You can download the Kindle Reading App for any of the devices shown above, and you effectively have a “Kindle” embedded in your device. Get your apps at this link . . .

Get Your Kindle APP

While iBooks does a better job with illustrated books, I prefer Kindle for the specials offered, the Samples sent instantly, and the prices – which are much better than iBook prices.

And don’t forget the great link I gave you last Sunday for keeping up with the Kindle specials.

 

How to Pull a Perfect Color Scheme from Photoshop or Elements . . .

Lots of times, it is not easy to come up with a color scheme for a project. Maybe we are challenged choosing colors that go together, or more often, we just run dry thinking of a new, fresh palette.

Here is a trick to solve that problem.

1. Open a photo in Photoshop or Elements

2.Crop a small area of pleasing color . . .

3. Choose Mosaic Tiles from the Filter Menu . . .

4. In the Filter Gallery that opens, choose Stained Glass and a cell size of 20 . . .

5. The result is a harmonious color scheme . . .

Any color here will harmonize with your photo, obviously, in case you wanted to add borders or layers of color behind it. And all these colors will work together in any art piece.

Print this out and find or mix matching paint colors or find similar colored pencil or pastel colors etc. You may have to enlarge before printing if you picked a very small area in step 2.

Or, to use the scheme in a digital artwork, Save As this file with a name (maybe like “Desert Rock” for this one), and have it open as an alternative Swatch collection while working on your piece. You need only click on a color to make it the foreground color and use it in your artwork window.

For even more fun, and a number of additional, harmonious color schemes, use the Hue Slider (Command or Control-U) to change things up a bit. All the colors will change and all will still harmonize with each other. (Not with your photo any longer, however!)

Big fun – and happy harmony!

Creating with Photoshop Elements . . .

If there were no such thing as a “last minute”, I wonder if I would still be a procrastinator.

If it can be put off until tomorrow, I put it off for a hundred tomorrows. Especially anything that has to do with numbers.

And thus, my yesterday was turned into a miserable experience because I had to finish and file my income tax.

Anyone who owns their own business knows how much fun a Schedule C can be, and tangling with TurboTax is not for the thin-skinned nor faint of heart.

I could hire a tax person but I would have to get it all into explainable shape anyway, and then try to explain to somebody what the heck I think I’m doing. I don’t explain that well.

I did have an audit once and right in the middle of my trying to explain to the guy why my check register had those “codes” in it and what they meant . . . he abruptly ended the audit and said he was sure everything was ok with my return. He needed more of a sense of humor, I think, but it worked out well for me.

Anyway, that was yesterday.

Today, I finished preparing my newest Photoshop/Elements Workshop, called “Creating with Elements”. It’s a six lesson workshop and all brand new.

You have to have some basic operating knowledge of the software, or have completed my PSE Kindergarten Workshop. All techniques and projects are explained step-by-step, but I don’t go into re-explaining the basics behind them.

You can use Photoshop to take the workshop, of course, but the illustrations will be Elements 9.0 screenshots.

I have been having a lot of fun creating with Photoshop lately – More ideas for the gallery, and working out some of my favorite processes. So I thought I would share.

Like Cyanotypes, for example. I grew up with blueprints because my Dad was an architect. Maybe that is why my favorite color is blue? I love the colors and the mysterious ethereal look.

But creating a real one these days is a bit complicated. If you do it the traditional way, you have to wear goggles and a mask. mix chemicals in water, and then mix those solutions in equal parts, paint them on surfaces, and work in semi darkness, etc.

So, I would rather fake it with PhotoShop, and I thought you might like that too.

And I always loved Polaroid transfers, but you can’t get the film anymore, (I know they are trying to bring it back), and real Polaroid Transfers are limited to watercolor paper and a tiny size.

I have been trying to duplicate that look for years (does anybody remember my scanning through acrylic method?) and never quite got it right. But this new method is the closest I have ever seen.

Anyway, if you feel like creating art gifts for the holidays . . . or just for the hell of it, this is the perfect workshop for you!

 

Creating with Photoshop Elements

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Of Morning Glories and Metaphors . . .

I think you will remember my Morning Glory challenges this year? If not, you can find the story here:

http://www.wisdomwoman.com/whatever/?p=286

Well, try hard enough and wait long enough and the answers always come. This is not the first blossom, but it was the first of many  - on the plants I started on my usual trellis.

I planted the rest in a giant clay pot, and put a metal tree in the middle for the plants to climb. And they did. . .

The vines worked feverishly because they knew they were short of time . . . and they became so swelled with intention that they forgot to make flowers, which is their real purpose after all. And if that weren’t enough, this tower of intention has become top heavy and keeps tipping over in the wind. That is not a blossom on the right, by the way. It is a metal star I put there to give the plants a hint of what a blossom should look like! It worked, and there are now blossoms at the top of the tower – finally!

But of course, I can’t consider all this without some personal insight . . .  Sometimes we get so involved with something, that we can’t see the forest for the trees, or the flowers for the leaves.

I treasure your feedback. It is a wonderful thing to have such a huge group of friends to remind me of that which I forget – and in such a kind and gentle way. And, it is also wonderful to be able to put an idea out there to see if it will fly – BEFORE investing a lot of time and energy.

Only two people responded to the free ad offer. Not 8. Just 2 (and thank you for your enthusiasm, you two).

I could feel disappointed about that, but I feel relieved instead. The Classifieds site is an idea I have been carrying around for more than a year – but not acting on – because, although I thought it was a great idea, I was afraid of what it would do to my “life simplification” project.

It very well could have ended up being a “tower of intention” that would make me tip over.

So, thank you for the answers – they are the right ones. Now, my brain is free to produce “flowers” (which is my real purpose, after all).

What Flowers?

It is not as if I am lying around eating bon bons and needing something to do. There are so many projects going on and they are all really focused on two things – making art . . . and writing/teaching.

The more I write, the more I like writing.

And now is the dawn of e-books – which are just like the PDFs we have been loving for years. Just a different perspective is all – and new ways for people to use them.

I have been shocked by the popularity of my Creative Drawing Workbook. People keep buying it, and seem to love it. So, a follow-up drawing workbook is in progress.

New Workhops also – Photoshop Elements Grade School – which many of you are eagerly awaiting after graduating PSE Kindergarten.

And More Mac Magic – for those who have completed The Magic of Mac, and want more.

Perhaps most exciting of all – I am writing a workbook series called “The Artist and the iPad”. My iPad has shaken my art world to its core. I have never been so excited – and so confused at the same time. I am working my way through 146 art Apps to find the best for our purposes, and figure out how they work along the way (most great apps cost hardly anything, but have no manuals or instructions at all).

The first Workbook will be about Art Journaling on the iPad.

AND – the books are being written almost entirely on the iPad – for the sake of purity – and because it is challenging and fun.

I am also very into painting the flowers in my September garden – and I am off to do that right now . . . Happy Sunday afternoon, everyone!

 

Water Resistant?

We have had dry conditions for the whole Spring and Summer, but now the monsoon season has finally arrived.

Cloudy days are such a rare thing here that Dear Me! thought we should do a journal page about it, and you know she always gets her way . . .

But wait a minute . . . something is wrong. Dear Me has eyes that look a bit blurry – and her mascara never runs!

The lettering on the sign looks a little rough too. Like the black ink ran. But that cannot be. I used my Pitt Pen which has never run a bit in the 4-5 years I have been using the brand.

I also recall that the UniBall pens did not seem as smudge proof in this Super Deluxe Sketchbook as they did in the Moleskine.

Can it be that the permanence of permanent ink can vary according to the paper being used? That doesn’t make sense to me, but Dear Me! thinks we should check it out. She is NOT happy about this runny mascara thing.

So, we get out four permanent ink pens we have at hand (or at least “water-resistant” in the Uniball case) and test them in the Moleskine and Super Deluxe sketchbooks.

The results were surprising!

Each sample was drawn in the book and allowed to dry thoroughly. Then, I washed over them three times with a waterbrush with more scrubbing than I would ever apply in the course of things.

Here, I have tested the Pitt Fine Tip Pen, the UniBall Vision Elite, the Prismacolor Permanent Ink Marker, and the new Sharpie Pigment Marker which is supposed to be waterproof (or at least resistant).

The small amount of smearing is what got me excited about the UniBall for writing in my journal. The other three pens did fine and did not smear at all.

Then I tried the Super Deluxe sketchbook by Bee Paper Co.

I have to say I was shocked. All the pens ran – even the Pitt Pen which had never run before on any paper. And no wonder some people emailed me that their Uniball Vision Elite Pens ran!

I guess there is always something to learn. I thought a permanent pen was a permanent pen – period. And I still can’t really figure out what about a paper surface would affect the permanence.

But for now, the Super Deluxe sketchbook has a lot going for it as the perfect journal, but with two flaws – the spiral binding, which many folks like but I don’t like working on the left page because my knuckles hit the big spirals, and this permanent pen problem. I do a lot of pen drawing, overpainting with watercolor or watercolor pencils and this ink running situation won’t do.

So, for now, I am back to the Moleskine Sketchbook. It is not perfect, but it is the most perfect for what I do.

If you do like spiral bindings and you don’t overpaint your pen work, the Super Deluxe Sketchbook might be the perfect one for you.

REMINDER:

All WHENEVER Workshops are still on sale (25% off) for the remainder of the month.

Link to the WHENEVER Workshop page:

 

http://www.dotcalmvillage.net/wheneverworkshop.html

Back to School . . . Special

No matter how long ago you stopped going to school, there is still something about this time of year that makes you want to go learn something!

Thoughts of fresh pencil cases and binders, and the smell of a new box of crayons never quite vacate our fond memory banks, no matter how old we get.

The cooling temperatures and oncoming season of change make us feel like “getting back at it” – even if we haven’t managed to “get away from it” during the Summer.

This 2011 back-to-school season is a rough one because I don’t remember a time when more people were worried about their financial health. Times are tough, but money worries should NOT be allowed to stand in the way of the very thing that would heal them.

Learning anything new creates fresh brain connectors, and carries us off into alpha states of blissful concentration – from which the worrisome world is excluded. Creative learning has that and all kinds of additional health benefits – like joy, for example.

I have never done anything like this before, but if ever there was a time for it, it is now.

BACK TO SCHOOL WORKSHOP SPECIAL

I am hereby putting ALL my WHENEVER Workshops on Sale for the second half of August.

Any WHENEVER Workshop purchased between today and September 1, 2011 will be discounted by 25% when you enter this Coupon Code when checking out of the Shopping Cart:

Back to School

There is no limit to how many WHENEVER Workshops you can buy with the Coupon Code.

Remember, these are downloadable and self-paced, so you can buy them on sale now, and actually work through them anytime that is convenient. (Downloads are active for 30 Days so you would have to Download them within that time period. After that, they are on your computer to be used WHENEVER).

If you have already purchased a WHENEVER Workshop after August 15, 2011, you will receive a refund to your credit card for the 25%. You don’t have to do anything to get the refund.

So, I hope this is cheerful news for you, and that you are able to fill your heads and hearts with creative stimulation instead of worry.

Here is the Link to the Whenever Workshop Page:

http://www.dotcalmvillage.net/wheneverworkshop.html

Remember the Coupon Code: Back to School

NOTE: This Special is for Whenever Workshops ONLY.

Watercolor Wonderful . . .

Just as I was getting ready to test watercolor on the Super Deluxe Sketchbook, something happened which gave me the perfect subject . .

I was very sad about the bird, but very happy with the way the page handled the illustration. It was painted quite wet with pan watercolors and there was very little buckling even on the edge of the page. No more than you would expect with most watercolor notebooks.

Of all the art mediums, watercolor is the one that scares people the most. Other paints pretty much stay where you put them, but watercolor has a mind of its own. It co-paints with you, sometimes going with your plan and sometimes not.

Frustration comes (and I know that many of you have experienced watercolor frustration), when you are constantly surprised by what the paint chooses to do, because about half of what it does on its own looks pretty bad.

The key is to learn about the medium and its quirks, and then you have at least an idea what might happen – and how to avoid the undesirable possibilities.

You will never totally control watercolor, but you can at least lead the dance.

I have scheduled another session of my watercolor workshop, Drowning Your Inner Critic in Watercolor, for a start date of September 16.

This is a workshop in which feedback is given by me. Not mean stuff – just the reasons why this or that probably happened. We also learn some things about perspective and creating the illusion of a third dimension on two dimensional paper.

I was so pleased by the work done by students in the last session that I want to share a few samples. Feel free to praise them in Comments if you are so moved. All four of these folks said they really had no comfort with watercolor when they signed up for this workshop!

Here’s a surrealistic landscape by Jerrie Hall . . . brilliant in many ways

And here is a different style entirely – a floral painting by Tyanne Angle . . . which shows off the delicate transparency of watercolor.

E J (Winna) Mordasky is a wonderful artist anyway, but she wasn’t comfortable with watercolor – which all changed for her during the workshop . . .

And Linda Saltmarshe created one of the most inviting garden paths I have ever seen . . .

These are just a few of the wonderful pieces that were produced by the 24 students in the last session. And everyone enjoyed the sharing and support of other class members.

I don’t think I have ever met an artist or aspiring artist working in any media, who does not own a box of watercolors (at least one)! Nobody can resist those jewel-like little pans of color.

But, very few of these same folks ever use their box of watercolors because they tried a time or two and couldn’t figure out what to do with the mess they made. Most decided watercolor did not like them or something.

If you want to know what to do with your little box of watercolors, join us in September!

Signing Bonus . . .

Two of the first 12 students to sign up for this workshop session will win one of these workshop-appropriate prizes by random drawing:

Made by Hand Book, this, linen cover, hard-bound, beautiful watercolor journal has pages that lie flat and have the same texture on both sides (a rare thing in watercolor sketchbooks). Size is 10.5″ by 8.25″. Retail value os $30 (30 sheets/60 pages)

OR

My favorite Robert Simmons Sapphire synthetic sable paint Brushes – both a #4 and  #6 (retail $22)

Hurry and sign-up and one of these two prizes can be yours!

http://www.dotcalmvillage.net/onlineworkshops/watercolor.html