Sunday, July 22, 2012


Yesterday I offered a small, 3-person watercolor workshop in my home. Two of the three students had participated in past workshops and we focused primarily on contouring with color, specifically sky. I used a photo from last week's storm for a demo and had time to finish painting this morning.

"Storm Over Boston", 18" x 24" watercolor

student works -

We enjoyed a short lunch break in the sun on the back deck and the day flew by. I am not usually in my home when I am teaching and it was a pleasure having the computer to access visual examples plus I had my own finished works for specific technique references.

The next watercolor workshop I am scheduled to teach will be in the fall at Montserrat College of Art. The class schedule is available on their website.

My big event of the summer starts tomorrow morning when I am driving to Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. Laura Moriarty, artist and gallery director at R&F paints, is teaching a 5-day encaustic workshop and I am looking forward to learning more about the medium. Being a student in her class will also allow me to be a better teacher for my own workshops. I hope to share my progress and workshop updates throughout the week.


  1. That's so cool that you are both a student and a teacher. Let us know what you learn about encaustics, they are a mystery to me still. Your Boston sky is gorgeous! And it's so nice that you put students' work up too! They did a good job!

  2. Hi Katherine, I will definitely be sharing the workshop experience here, I know it will be a wonderful experience. Since going to graduate school "mid-life" I realized how beneficial it is to be both student and teacher. :)

  3. I would love to be one of your students! I think I would learn a lot. Your painting is beautiful. Your two students did stellar work! They must be pleased.
    Enjoy your encaustic workshop. I look forward to reading about it.

  4. Learning and teaching simultaneously is cool and I loved your sky so much, the colors just blended in to each other so well!

  5. Actually Pam, I was able to add a 3rd student's work since I originally posted and yes, they all did stellar work! I am off to Cape Cod, thanks for the comment.

  6. All such beautiful skies! Love that they chose different foregrounds too. I know you'll have a fabulous time at your workshop and maybe you'll show the instructor a trick or two that you've learned yourself. I can't wait 'til you move here. I really want to take a workshop. I hope I'll have the money! LOL

  7. Beautiful paintings--yours and your students'. Truro looks like a great place (and what a handsome honorary chair). I know you'll learn a lot in five days and share. I look forward to reading about it.

    1. The workshop has been awesome, Hallie! Truro and P-town are too. More later.

  8. padmaja, storm clouds are very meditative, don't you think?
    First day of the workshop was very interesting Sherry. Hopefully I will have time to post photos and write about soon.