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Jan. 19th, 2019

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Pretty Tulips....

I was in the produce department of the supermarket, when I passed the section with bouquets of flowers. There were little pink tulips calling me...so I bought them. I put them in a vase and was really enjoying them with all the dreary weather. I took a photo of them for future watercolor classes and then got inspired to actually paint them. I decided to try some hot pressed Arches watercolor paper I had purchased a long time ago and never used. Hot pressed is different to work on because of the very smooth surface. Not sure I like it as much as my usual cold pressed., but here is is.


Jan. 1st, 2019

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The last painting I did in 2018

Just some more play with colors and shapes to see what they might suggest. After background dried, I started to see a lily pond, and just went with it!


Nov. 24th, 2018

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Last class of Watercolor with Jean fall series....

I had six students in this fall series, and on the last class only two were able to attend it. Was it the homework I gave them?

It was good thought because it was almost like the students were having private lessons. I was able to help with projects they wanted to work on. One student worked on watercoloring a drawing of a girl in costume, she had done. I showed her how to to work the folds on the gown and how to color the face to give them dimension.

The other student wanted to redo a painting of a vase of flowers and I started a demo of some flowers which I later finished at home. It was a fun class and it went rather quickly. This is the finished painting I started in class.


My next series of "Watercolor with Jean will be in the spring.
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Snow Scenes....

The theme of our next class of "Watercolor with Jean" was painting snow scenes. I did a painting at home from a photo I took in my back yard and made a watercolor of it.


I started the class with a demo of a new snow scene in class and did the painting in steps, so as to help the students learn various techniques of mixing color and practicing the use of light and shadow.

This is that demo.

The class seemed to have trouble following and I spent a lot of time with individual instruction. I asked them to work on them at home and bring them to the next and last class. Because of scheduling of the classroom, we skipped a week, so they two weeks to work on it.

Oct. 31st, 2018

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Started this painting in the beginning of summer...

...but it just wasn't speaking to me. I put it away for the time being and forgot all about it. When I was doing some cleaning and straightening up, I found it upside down between other stuff. I looked at it and wondered if I....
I got out my brush and paints, and began to play. It was started on hot press paper, so it requires different techniques. This is the finished result!

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Another painting for winter coming....


Oct. 30th, 2018

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Apples and pears....

I had a beautiful apple (very expensive this year) and a half cut pear sitting in my fruit bowl. Looking at it, I got the bright idea idea that they would fun to paint in my watercolor class. I set them up on my counter with some backdrop and lighting. I photographed them and made prints for my class. My apple and pear were good subjects to teach light and shadow. The best part was making them come to life with the media of watercolor!

This is a demo I did in class to teach technique. The best way to teach someone anything is to have them watch you do it. I did this in steps....doing a little at a time, and then I had them do to the same, till we finished the painting.


This is the completed paintings of my class.

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A new series of "Watercolor with Jean" classes...

I have started a new fall series of my watercolor classes. I have five talented students and I am enjoying teaching them. We started of with exercises on color theory and using just the three primary colors. Our first paintings were fall leaves. We used real leaves to create these paintings and I call this method "adult finger painting". You get so involved that you forget to be inhibited and just enjoy the process. In the mean time you learn how your three paint colors mix together.

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Another new painting...


Sep. 30th, 2018

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A good summer for painting....

This 2018 summer was a good time to just relax and enjoy my art and my studio. With all the heat, rains and yes, mosquitoes, I just was very happy to stay indoors. I wasn't bored though, since I was inspired to try new ideas and techniques with my painting. Mostly I tried new combinations of colors in an almost abstract way. I had so much fun with this that I didn't realize how many paintings I did this summer.

I gathered them all together into one photo and I will display them here. Matted they each fit nicely into an 11"x14" frame.

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Tomorrow I begin a new series of "Watercolor with Jean" classes and I have six students signed up for my classes.

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