Workshops

Incredible Istanbul!

More than 30 years ago I was introduced to the Hagia Sophia through my first art appreciation class. (Thank you Paul Grootkerk). Only a dream then, I knew I’d visit eventually. This week that dream was realized. Hired to teach a watercolor masterclass for the Istanbul Watercolor Society, Marla and I made the trek to…

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Here we go again!

Here we go again! By now I have realized I blog more traveling, and run silent at home. Travel involves layovers, boredom, aka blog time. My studio knows nothing of boredom. We had a big summer at the Avalanche Ranch. Painting, bird watching, publishing a new book, planning new adventures and enjoying familiar faces. We…

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Ketchup Blogging and other news

Ketchup Blogging.(hereby coining that term), is what I have to do when so much time passes between blog posts and I have to cram a whole lot of stuff in one post to catch up. It’s not the most appealing way to serve up info. I prefer to deliver tidbits of news in bite sized…

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Venice, Italy

Venice is one of the few magical places on earth that lure me time and again without disappointment. It is a unique jewel that captures the heart and imagination of every visitor and never lets go. Bringing people to Venice for their first experience is a thrill for me. There is an audible gasp as…

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Lake Garda, Italy

Malcesine is the small city at the top end of Lake Garda. It served as the perfect plein air studio for our watercolor sketching tour. We stayed at the Hotel Benacus, just a short, beautiful walk from town and sketched lakeside each day. The sunrises were mostly obscured by the tall mountains behind us, but…

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Cinque Terre

Our Northern Italy watercolor sketchbook workshop has begun! We landed in Milan on September 8, and bussed down to Cinque Terre. Much of the damage from the mudslide disaster last year has been repaired, but our bus wasn’t able to make the last 4 kilometers to our hotel, so we had to ferry down the…

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Adelaide

We came to Adelaide to meet with friends about a series of workshops we are planning for 2013. Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney will be our locations for the first three events, because we have artist friends in each and have now scouted locations as well. Adelaide is known as the city of churches but offers…

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Small world

Believe it or not, one can be in New York, Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia on the same day. Well, at least in the same 24 hour period. There is an international date line issue that confuses things and eats whole calendar dates. I missed Father’s Day entirely this year. My kids called me before…

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The Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors

Judging the Adirondacks National was both a thrill and a tough task. There were so many great paintings that choosing the award winners meant eliminating fantastic paintings. I truly got to choose among the very best watercolors in America. Congratulations to those who won, those who made the show and those who entered this prestigious…

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Paul Jackson’s Traveler Brushes

Sneak preview! Just in time for our Italy workshop, my new “Traveler” watercolor brushes are almost ready for their debut! After years of travel and beating up brushes, I finally broke down and designed the perfect paintbrush set for adventures. No more junky brushes in the field! The set features two collapsible, self-contained, Kolinsky Sable…

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