More texture

One of my students who enjoyed my watercolor collage workshop also mentioned that she has a Sizzix machine.  This is a hand-run press with embossing templates.  Immediately we both saw the possibility of adding this texture to my refractured watercolor work.  Last week I created a new painting for a refracture:


… and yesterday when she was at sm’Art studio for a follow-on lesson to my Absolute Beginner’s class. she loaned it to me again to emboss the pieces I had cut.  This is what they look like so far!


The two on the left are our original test to see if the watercolor paper would emboss nicely.  The rest are the refractured watercolor.

I’m looking forward to seeing how this works out when I assemble them.  Watch this space!


A thousand words…

A couple days ago one of my Absolute Beginners students came to the studio for some follow-up lessons.  She had been practicing in the intervening year and had also bought some books containing lessons.  They were fine books and she had learned a lot from them as you can see from the work she produced that she showed me.

Student watercolor work

Some of this students work. Yes, I know it’s a photoshop together, just couldn’t get the right angle for a table-top shot.

Nevertheless, if a picture is worth a thousand words, and a youtube video a million, then sometimes a little bit of extra in-person instruction is priceless. Sometimes I’ve shown students the difference between the brushstrokes they’re making and what they need to do to get the effect they’re aiming for by making the two types of brushstroke on their inner arm. Often it’s also picking up on the slight difference between to two in order to guide them.

Folded Flamingo

Flamingo watercolor painting

Teach’s Folded Flamingo.

Many years ago I went through a bird-painting phase.  A couple of these have made great subjects for my Monday afternoon class.  This Monday just past, I guided the group through creating a flamingo that had folded its long neck up so it could hide its beak in its wings.  Here’s the group having completed their versions of Folded Flamingo.

student group with paintings

Seven more Folded Flamingo

Forever Home

Refractured watercolor painting

#1236 “All the Way”.



“All the way” went to its Forever Home a few months ago.  A couple days ago I was blessed with a pic of it in its new abode.   We don’t get to see a lot of the surroundings, but it looks great in that frame.

A regular class

Trilogy in La Quinta is a gated community with an active creative club.  A couple months ago I got the opportunity to become one of the watercolor class instructors there, and teach about twice a month on a Monday afternoon.  It’s a guided-tuition class, a little like the paint-n-wine format in that all students complete the same painting, but with much more of a learning opportunity focus.

I get so wrapped up in demoing and guiding, that I usually forget to take photos of the class in action.  But this time, I persuaded the ladies to let me take a pic of their completed exercises to put on the blog.

Watercolor class students

Yes – they all look great!

They sure do make me work too!  Not only do I need to prepare the exercises, but I get requests of trying subjects that I don’t usually do, so my skills get stretched as a result.  Seems like we’re all having fun, though!

Newer Work #77

Watercolor collage

#1294 “Islands”. Watercolor collage on foamcore 3.5×5″ in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25.

“Islands” is one of those collages that I recognize the parent of one of the pieces – it was “Amazing Storm“. I don’t recognize the other two parents!





Watercolor collag

#1295 “Ghost”. Watercolor collage on foamcore 5×3.5″ in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25.

One of “Ghost”‘s parents is certainly “The Setting Sun” – the bottom left piece – but it has quite a mixed heritage it seems…

Newer Work #76

Watercolor collage painting

#1292 Flowing. 3.5×5 watercolor collage on foamcore in mat to fit 5×7 frame. $25.

Another couple little ones….  On the first one I named it Flowing because I love how the top of the cloud at the bottom flows between the three pieces.





The second one does have a more ominous feel, even though it is more colorful.

(Oh, I wish I could put this text at the side of the image like I did above.  It’s been 10 minutes of struggling, I give up.)


Watercolor collage painting

#1293 Ominous. 5×3.5″ watercolor collage on foamcore in mat to fit 7×5″ frame. $25.