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If you are anywhere near San Diego in the month of May, plan on visiting the San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery and seeing, first hand, an exhibition of incredible Watermedia paintings from nine states!  It is this year’s annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies juried competition.  I was honored to be asked to judge this year’s show  comprised of almost 1000 entries!  The paintings were so strong it made it a very difficult to judge and to eliminate one in ten!  Equally hard was choosing the awards for those paintings, because, of course, I loved every painting I chose.  The show will run from May 1 –  30 and I guarantee you will enjoy the versatility, skill, expressiveness and creativity of these paintings and their creators.

Along with teaching my Watermedia class, “Chaos to Order”, I began the program with a demonstration.  Using an old watercolor painting and applying my “Gesso Juice”.  Keeping Peace” (featured above)  is the finished piece from that demonstration.  It is 15″ x 22″ and is available for sale at  $450.

Be well, paint often, be happy!  Kathleen

I have been making and using this product for years.   Now, I’m very excited that Cheap Joes is using my formula and making it available to you through his Cheap Joe’s Catalog.  Here is a picture of the page where it is found.   Just google Cheap Joe’s  Art Stuff and you will find it for purchase.  Give it a try!

January is starting out with a bang!  And, I’m still basking in the memories made while traveling in Iceland last month.  In fact, ideas have come together for a workshop there June 9-14.  Check out more information under “Workshops” on this website.

In the meantime, I am thrilled and honored to report that I have been accepted into the American Watercolor Society (AWS) 152nd International Exhibition.  It will be held at the Salmagundi Club, NY,NY.    The painting above, “Divided:  Industrial Evolution”, is my accepted mixed water media painting.   I will be at the dinner reception on April 12th.  Will I see any of you there?  In this new year I wish you all well and, to all my fellow artists, Happy Painting!   Kathleen

Travels are always mind-expanding but this month’s trip to Iceland was also incredibly inspiring!  My favorite day was the glacier walk to the ice caves!  Look at those gorgeous organic forms and subtle colors of nature!  I can hardly wait to get to the painting table.

But first, friends and family are to be enjoyed during the holidays.  Sending you ALL wishes for wonderful memory-making-moments with loved ones!   Kathleen

 Blackbirds, Paper Peace Cranes and Telephone Poles….three of my favorite subjects.

Below is my photo reference

        And a few steps in my latest, almost finished painting.  A bit of a deviation from my “Industrial Evolution” series.  Kathleen

           

                               A Beginning                                                                        Intermediate                                                                            And  Finished

 

What a great group of artists in the Virginia Watercolor Society!  Their annual exhibition is at the beautiful Roanoke College Museum and I’m honored to be their judge and workshop instructor.  We come together as strangers and a week later are friends for life…through ART!  Kathleen

I love painting poppies, but no matter what the subject here’s a trick for designing a good composition:  once your background is ready,

try “auditioning” cut outs of colored paper to decide the shapes, values and colors that will be best to paint.  Take a photo of the placement.

Remove the paper pieces and proceed to paint your subject.

At the very end of my paintings I often use this technique to make final, small but try important, decisions like

where a bright, saturated color needs to be, where my darkest darks belong or maybe where a few distant birds will fly.  Enjoy!

Kathleen

    This last month has seen “remarkable” activity:  the STUDIO Gallery has been buzzing with visitors from all over the country;

I have taught workshops with wonderful artists and friends, plus there have been competitions and a few appreciated awards!

Here I am, at my happiest, painting!!   Caught mid-splash-and-splatter, at our first nationally advertised Marquette Plein Air Festivaland Competition!  Lucky me, I came home with the Second Place Award for “Morning”, an old tug docked across the street from my STUDIO Gallery!

There’s nothing like getting a push from 20 artists to get a painting completed!  The Baltimore Watercolor Society is one terrific group

of artists and I had a great time teaching last week in Columbia, Maryland.  They saw the beginning demo of  Star and Stripes and wanted

to see it finished.  So, here it is a 22 x 30 painting made from Watercolor and Gesso Juice.  It was a fun week and new friendships were made.

I was this year’s invited artist to the Mississippi Colony for “creative coaching”.  Over 40 excellent artists were working in their own direction and I was available for artistic consultation.   The Mississippi Art Colony, who meet twice a year to paint, is the oldest (70 years) continuously meeting art group in the U.S.

They have perfected their painting and their fun to blue-ribbon excellence! (Yes, I’m in the picture.  Thank Frida Kalo for this Fiesta Friday.)  With so many artists,  I had my hands full consulting with everyone.  It sure wasn’t hard, as they are all very accomplished professionals.