It’s time for class again… join me at Daniel Smith on October 13th.

It’s hard to imagine that it is almost time to give my “Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner” course again at Daniel Smith in Bellevue, WA… but it is. I will be giving two free demos on Saturday, October 13th, at 11:00 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. If you know anyone who wants to learn the basics of how to paint in watercolor, please let them know about the course. We had such a great time in the early summer class.

These past few months have been insanely busy for me. I was designing and creating materials for a big conference for Liberty Mutual as well as chairing and organizing the 2012 Waterworks Exhibition for the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) at the same time. The Waterworks exhibition will be at Kaewyn Gallery in Bothell, WA from October 23 through November 28, and it should be a fantastic show. Please stop by and view the artwork of the many talented water media artists whose works were judged into the exhibition. Kaewyn is a lovely gallery and will showcase this exhibit extremely well.

Our juror, internationally known watercolor artist Stan Miller, said, “This year’s exhibition represents the very best in watercolor painting to be found within the United States. I’m proud and honored to have been invited to participate in this event.” Stan is a magnificent artist, and will be teaching a workshop from October 22 through October 26… if you want to study with an amazing teacher, sign up for his workshop. I believe there is one spot, or possibly two, still available. You can also see Stan demo at the NWWS general meeting on Tuesday evening, October 23rd. Check the society’s website for details, www.nwws.org.

I haven’t had much time to paint this past summer, much to my dismay, but I did just finish one half-sheet landscape (14″ wide by 21″ tall) in a very loose style that I had a lot of fun with. I’ve posted that painting below.

Just finished...

The other painting is about two thirds finished, and it’s of sailboats that I photographed at the marina in Edmonds, WA. It was a beautiful sunset that night and the light reflecting off the boats and water was just too spectacular to NOT paint. I’ve been taking photos of this painting as I progress through the stages of layering and glazing, and will be posting it when it’s all finished… so stay tuned. I’m not sure why I end up painting boats as often as I do. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, because I spend no time boating at all. My sister Mandy laughs every time I tell her I’m working on another boat painting. But then I just laugh right back because she bought one!

I hope all of you have had a spectacular summer. We had something like 48 straight days of almost perfect weather here in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s still continuing. But Fall is in the air for sure. I don’t mind… I love sleeping under a pile of blankets!

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