Saturday, December 7, 2019

The End of Day Two of the Workshop - One More to Go!

David Smith is the winner of the TWSA 2019 Skyledge Award.  The judges were Linda Baker and Laurin McCrackin.  The reason I'm telling you this is that Laurin McCrackin called David the King of Masking.  After the first day of the workshop, I was quite certain that Mr. McCracken wasn't joking.  The only time I use masking fluid is when there is no other way I can preserve my whites.  The winter scene that we're painting in the workshop has A LOT of masked areas.  You've never masked until you've spent a morning masking 50 million areas - okay, that's a slight exaggeration:)  But I don't want that to scare you off from taking a workshop from David.  He's fabulous.  In addition to being a wonderful artist, he's kind, patient, laid back, funny and expresses his ideas well both in words and demonstrations.

This is probably the only time he'll offer the workshop streaming live.  He said that in the future, he'll  record the workshop so that he can edit and doesn't have to worry about technical problems.  There are 16 people taking the workshop in his studio and 31 of us online.  He's in Eden Prairie, MN.  The workshop goes 3 days from 9 to 4 Central Time with 45 minutes for lunch. 

At the end of today's session, we removed our masking fluid.  This is the first time I've used Pebeo drawing gum.  I like it better than Winsor & Newton masking fluid.  Tomorrow we're going to soften the edges on our masked areas.  He showed us how he does this and I must say he is the king.  However, after all of the mistakes and changes I've made on paintings in the past, I am the Queen of Scrubbing Out.  I have a feeling that I'll take to this quickly:)

He teaches workshops all over the world.  If he offers one near you, I recommend taking it.  You'll have a lot of fun AND learn cool things!  Here's a link to his web page.
The painting we're doing is the one in the top left corner under "Landscapes".  I'll post mine tomorrow when I'm done.

Happy Saturday!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

David R. Smith Workshop

I'm going to take David R. Smith's Winter's Light Workshop online next weekend.  He's also offering the workshop in his studio in Eden Prairie, MN.  As many times as my dad in northern Wisconsin has said, "Come back for Christmas" and I've said, "See you in August", (and we both laugh) I can't bring myself to take the workshop in person in Minnesota in the winter😊.  David said the online artists can paint in their pajamas with canine and feline assistance.  I'm in.  I'll let you know how it goes.  I'm excited.  I've never taken a workshop online before. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

It's a Puzzlement.

I would like to paint these guys.  They're my sister's kids.  I have a scene from Red Rock Canyon in progress and I thought I'd start a small painting of the dachshunds.  I thought I could just draw them right off the bat on a 1/4 sheet of watercolor paper.  I started my drawing and immediately had to erase.  As you know, too much erasing is not very good for your paper:)  I decided to do a couple of drawings in my sketchbook until I get a feel for it and then draw on the watercolor paper.  Anyhow, aren't they precious?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Guess What!!!

At the same time that I submitted the painting to the Lake Las Vegas Show, I submitted a different painting to another show.  I just got the notice that it was accepted!  Hooray!  This is the one that got in!  It's going to be in a show at the West Sahara Library in October.

Monday, September 16, 2019


I didn't make it into the show.  That's okay.  There will be other paintings and other shows.  Now that the concert at Lake Las Vegas is out, I'll let you know what I decide to do on my birthday😊.   There is going to be an art train ride in Boulder City that evening.  Tony Bennett is going to be in town. Jim says we can do whatever I want.  I think there will be birthday cake AND creme brulee involved😊.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Hank Virgona

I'd never heard of Hank Virgona before today.  Today I fell in love with him and his art.  Jim found a documentary about him on Amazon Prime and we watched it this afternoon.  I recommend it.  He was a lovely man.  The film is inspiring.  If you watch it, please let me know what you think of the artist and his art.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


When Georgie wants a better look at something, he stands on his hind legs.  He's not balancing using the leashes.  He's just standing there.  Jim and I both think this is hilarious.