Daniel Smith demos today, June 16th

My goodness… what an amazing day. I gave my two free demos at the Daniel Smith art store in Bellevue. One was completely full, the other mostly full. But the most exciting thing is that the 4-week “Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner” workshop I want to present at the store filled up! So, it’s a go… and I’m thrilled. Thank you Daniel Smith for promoting the course and supporting me in presenting this material.

I LOVE teaching. I didn’t know I would until I gave a beginning watercolor course online in 2010, also sponsored by Daniel Smith. We gave the class once and there was enough participation for the online producer to decide to give it again… and it was so much fun. For the second course we had over 1,300 people register, though not all of them watched at any given time. We had four actual students in the classroom painting along with me, and we also had a live chat room going on during all four classes. I was answering questions from people in the US, England, Australia, France… even Dubai! So cool.

So I found out that I love to teach, and that was sure reinforced today. I was even asked by a few people to do private lessons, which is fantastic. My studio is small, so doing classes with more than two people is not possible, but private lessons for one or two will work just great.

The art world today is in a strange place. I read an article recently where it was stated that 5-10 years ago, an “impulse buy” for a painting could often go as high as $500… today it’s around $35. I don’t know if this was just an impression that this artist/author had or if he had done some research that proved the figures, but I must say, I tend to believe it. When I first started painting, art patrons wanted large paintings that obviously sold for higher prices. Today, smaller paintings and fine art prints seem to be selling much more often. Sign of the times I guess.

When I picked up my first watercolor brush, I certainly didn’t do it thinking, “I wonder how much money I can make selling my art.” I did it because every time I went to a gallery and was stopped in my tracks by a painting, that painting was usually a watercolor. It’s just a medium I am transfixed by.

My course at Daniel Smith is an opportunity to pass this fascination on to others, and I’m so happy to have the chance.

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