These links are primarily for my own convenience but you are welcome to peruse!
For a private class I will teach at CKC, Winter 2022:
For a private class I will teach Winter 2018:
- Beginning watercolor syllabus
- Beginning watercolor supplies-simple checklist
- Beginning watercolor supplies-long description
Products I use:
- Isabey Red Sable Travel Brush Round – Size 6 Absolutely my favorite brush!
- Arches Watercolor Block 140 Pound Hot Press Paper – 9 x 12 Sheets have these in several sizes. Perfect for travel and plein air, but also great when you just don’t want to stretch paper.
- Arches 140 and 300 lb. paper in hot press. ( 140 gets stretched, 300 usually does not.)
- Holbein Artists’ Watercolor 5ml 12 Color Set I don’t have all of these colors, but I’m adding more Holbein all the time.
- Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Paint (formerly W&N Artist colors)
- Schmincke AQUA Masking Fluid Love this fine-tipped dispenser! Mask works well and was removed from hot press paper with a white plastic eraser without damaging the paper.
- Prismacolor 150 pencil set. These are fantastic. The set linked there comes with Prismacolor Blender Pencil Colorless (2 Piece) & Premier Pencil Sharpener . Both are necessary!
- Winsor & Newton wonderfully specific information.
- Handprint oddly specific information.
- The Watercolor Learning Center – fantastic exercises for learning the basics. Wonderful, thorough explanations. Free.
Art books I highly recommend:
- How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself: Experimental Techniques for Achieving Realistic Effects by Nita Engle
- The Shores We Call Home: The Art of Carol Evans
- Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too by Mona Brookes
- A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning Okay, not an art book. I have always loved drawing nature, but it was Mason’s philosophy on education that led me to incorporate nature study and journaling into my homeschool and also to realize the depth of learning that happens when eye, hand and mind work together in this way. The time I spent journaling with my own children and other students has reignited my interest in nature study and influenced my art.
- Explorers Sketchbooks: The Art of Discovery & Adventure by Huw Lewis-Jones. Examples of journal pages from some of history’s rock stars. Just amazing.
- Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society
- Shenandoah Valley Art Center
- Arts Council of the Valley
- Spitzer Art Center
- Rockfish Valley Community Center
- Artisans Center of Virginia
- Beverly Street Studio School
- Staunton August Art Center
- Oasis Gallery
- Virginia Watercolor Society
- Central Virginia Watercolor Guild
- JMU School of Art, Design and Art History
- Blue Ridge Community College Fine Arts Center
- Bridgewater College art events
- Wilson Downtown Gallery
- Shenandoah Living Magazine
- Larkin Arts
- Shenandoah Arts Council (Winchester)
Artists I admire/study/am inspired by:
- Carol Evans
- Carol Evans Article in Watercolor Artist Magazine, October 2014
- Michael Godfrey
- Nita Engle palette
- William Trost Richards
- Andrew Wyeth
- Winslow Homer
- John Ruskin
- Michal Orlowski
- Grzegorz Wrobel
- Abe Toshiyuki
- E.B. Lewis watercolorist and illustrator
- collection of amazing watercolor on my Pinterest board
- Great Smoky National Park
- Shenandoah National Park
- Catoctin Mountain
- NPS AIR page
- Hog Island Audubon Camp
- Mountain Lake ArtLab, UVA
“There are seven days in a week. Someday isn’t one of them.”