Friday, April 15, 2016

Career Night - Artist


It was so much fun to be a presenter at 
Career Night 
at Dorsa Elementary, 
in the Alum Rock School District
(this is where I used to teach 25 years ago)
 on April 14, 2016.

Getting ready to present!

Pam is the organizer of the Career Night at Dorsa Elementary.
She volunteers her time to support this school 
in so many ways,
Even though she doesn't live in this area,

I'm all set...

I brought several of my paintings, my easel and paints,

2 handout for the kids (see below)

& a Google-Slide Presentation (see below)

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Ideas to help inspire drawing in sketchbooks

Artist Careers - Word Search

2 points I emphasized

1) There are many careers in art....

not just being a painter!

2) If you want to be an artist...

Fill your sketchbooks


Focus on what you love!

Career Night - Artist

Monday, April 4, 2016

Watercolor Sketchbook Journal Workshop

My Watercolor Sketchbook Journal
Such a fun way to capture special moments!

Below you will find: 

  1. Supply List for the class which includes a link to Amazon where you can buy what items you want or at least look at them more in depth.  
  2. A bibliography of books and a DVD
  3. The Slideshow I will present during the workshop

Our 30th Anniversary Trip to Italy!

Sitting out on the terrace...aaahhh!
La Dolche Vita 
Our Lake Como Apartment Terrace

Hiking in Ortesei, Italy


You have 3 options
1 - Bring what you have

2 - Buy new materials  (I have made a list at Amazon with some ideas for you - you can buy online by using the link below - or look at the list and head to your favorite art store.)

3 - I will have some supplies at the Workshop 
         + a starter sketchbook made of watercolor paper
         + some watercolor paints 
         + pencils and erasers
         + water containers
         + Ultra-fine Sharpies 

Note the duplicate suggestions with cost considerations.  
You can choose what you prefer.

Here is the supply list... In Order of Necessity

  • Paper (sketchbook) - at least 80 lb. or more
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Brushes - 1 or 2 smaller watercolor
  • Paints
  • Water Container
  • Paper Towels
  • Camera (Cell Phone)
  • Ultra Fine Sharpie
  • Carrying Bag
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Other Permanent Ink Pens (colors, different sizes)

Optional Items

  • Small Ruler
  • Toothbrush
  • Saran Wrap
  • Sticky Notes
  • Q-tips
  • Sponge
  • Glue Stick
  • Small Scissors
  • Salt

(They are listed on my Supply (Amazon) List as well.)

 The Artist's Way  by Julia Cameron (Paperback)

 Beginning Watercolor Journaling  Starring Christina Lopp, Gay Kraeger, Jerome Domurat (DVD)

The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are
by Danny Gregory 

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Peter Reynolds Creatrilogy Box Set (Dot, Ish, Sky Color)
by Peter H. Reynolds


Below is the slide show for the 
Watercolor Sketchbook Journal Workshop 
(use the arrow at the bottom to move the slides)