(The fall 2021 workshops are all sold-out, but you can take a look to see what kinds of things I teach. Let me know if you have a special request! I'll be planning more workshops, so please check back!)

 

Here are a few Zoom-based workshops for fall 2021! These are intended to enhance your observational skills and help you hone in on topics that will improve your existing art efforts.

Skill Share: Some thoughts on rocks and bark 

Saturday, Sept. 25, 1-4 p.m. Pacific Time

$60

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A one-afternoon session to talk about using watercolors to build the textures used to paint rocks and bark, along with a little bit about using colors to make them have form. You'll learn about how to make them look realistic and watch demos so you can see how I layer paints and sometimes a little ink to paint the rocks and bark that are important in my nature art. You'll also have practice time so you can work on these skills and get some feedback.​

Registration is capped at 12 people. 

Supplies​

  • Basic watercolor supplies 

    • Paints - for this class you will want the basic natural yellows and browns such raw sienna, yellow ochre, raw umber and burnt umber, as well as neutral tint and Payne's grey (which is fantastic for rocks!). Whatever other colors you already have in your paint box are probably fine! I only use tube paints and recommend you go with them if you're buying new supplies. (I don't have a preferred brand.)

    • brushes - for this class you'll need at least one smaller pointed round watercolor brush (size 3 or 4) and one larger pointed round (size 6 or 8).

    • palette, backing board, artist tape or 14-day release masking tape, two water buckets, dropper, etc.

    • pens - Sakura Pigma Micron pens, size 01 to 05, one black and one brown (really helpful for bark)

    • 300 lb. hot press (i.e. smooth) watercolor paper. This paper is great for adding many layers of paint because it will accept a lot of water and resist buckling, and the hot press gives you a lot of control. It's hard to buy in small quantifies, so let me know if you need it, and I'll send you enough for the class. Figure on reimbursing me about $7 for the paper and the postage.

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Skill Share: Mosses and lichens 

Saturday, Oct. 16, 1-4 p.m. Pacific Time

$60

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Here in the Pacific Northwest, mosses and lichens are everywhere! And they are incredibly beautiful! Being able to add them to your illustrations of flora and fauna really adds depth and sense-of-place to your work. This one-afternoon session is an opportunity to look at some of my watercolor techniques for building up the textures that are helpful in making them look realistic. There will be demos, as well as time for you to practice so you can work on these skills and get some feedback.​

Registration is capped at 12 people. 

Supplies​

  • Basic watercolor supplies 

    • Paints - for this class you will want some yellows and blues which you can use to build varying colors of green. Ones I use a lot are winsor yellow, hansa yellow, cadmium yellow, winsor transparent yellow, phthalo blue, winsor blue and Daniel Smith's mayan dark. Sap green is also nice for this type of work. Whatever other colors you already have in your paint box are probably fine! I only use tube paints and recommend you go with them if you're buying new supplies. (I don't have a preferred brand.)

    • brushes - for this class you'll need at least one small pointed round watercolor brush (size 1 or 2) and one larger pointed round (size 6 or 8).

    • palette, backing board, artist tape or 14-day release masking tape, two water buckets, dropper, etc.

    • pens - Sakura Pigma Micron pens, size 005, one black and one brown

    • 300 lb. hot press (i.e. smooth) watercolor paper. This paper is great for adding many layers of paint because it will accept a lot of water and resist buckling, and the hot press gives you a lot of control. It's hard to buy in small quantifies, so let me know if you need it, and I'll send you enough for the class. Figure on reimbursing me about $7 for the paper and the postage.

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Skill Share: Bird details 

Saturday, Nov. 13, 1-4 p.m. Pacific Time

$60

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Bird details can be intimidating! Eyes, beaks, feet! It's great to understand the basic anatomy of these features, and how to approach them and get them right...  Beaks in particular are incredibly important because they tell much of the story of how an individual bird species "makes its living." Does it crack open seeds? Does it poke around for bugs in bark? Does it jab and stab fish in water? Does it snatch small mammals? This one-afternoon workshop is oriented toward using watercolor, pens and maybe even a little graphite, to add some realism to these details. The session will include demos as well as time to do some practicing of your own. 

Registration is capped at 12 people. 

Supplies​

  • Basic watercolor supplies 

    • Paints - Whatever colors you already have in your paint box are probably fine! The only one to add if you don't already have it is neutral tint, which looks black but is actually a triadic "non-black black". I only use tube paints and recommend you go with them if you're buying new supplies. (I don't have a preferred brand.)

    • brushes - for this class you'll need at least one very small pointed round watercolor brush (size 1 or 2) and one larger pointed round (size 6 or 8).

    • palette, backing board, artist tape or 14-day release masking tape, two water buckets, dropper, etc.

    • pens - Sakura Pigma Micron pen, size 005 or 01 black (great for eyeballs)

    • pencils - helpful for feet

    • 300 lb. hot press (i.e. smooth) watercolor paper. This paper is great for adding many layers of paint because it will accept a lot of water and resist buckling, and the hot press gives you a lot of control. It's hard to buy in small quantifies, so let me know if you need it, and I'll send you enough for the class. Figure on reimbursing me about $7 for the paper and the postage.

Register

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Ponderosa pine bark
American dippers with rocks
Oak galls with lichens
Frog pelt lichen with moss
Eyeballs
Heron feet
Spotted townhee head