Watermedia Textures

In this workshop, we will have fun creating textured, layered, complex backgrounds with a gesso mixture and watercolor or liquid acrylics (your choice).  Mixing media this way allows for really interesting effects in paintings.  We will then work on turning these unique backgrounds into coherent paintings through the use of design, value, and negative painting techniques.  Imagery is up to you -- the techniques work well with either abstract or representational styles. 

This class is appropriate for anyone (beginner to advanced levels).  Below are examples of paintings I created using the techniques taught in this class.

Contemporary Landscapes


In this fun and exciting workshop, we will be working on creating powerful and exciting landscape paintings.  We will focus on capturing the beauty of the natural world in a loose, flowing, expressive style, capitalizing on emergent imagery.  We will use bold color, interesting textures, and strong composition techniques.  Whatever your current level of experience with landscape painting (including “none), I will help you discover your own unique landscape painting “voice”.  

We will cover topics that will help you capture the beauty of the natural world through composition tips (and examples of what not to do), how to create atmosphere and depth, and finding and using exciting color techniques.  I will demo some interesting ways to use readily available texturing materials to create interesting and compelling landscape elements like skies, mountains, trees and water.


You have your choice of working in any water-based medium:  acrylics, watercolors, inks or gouache. The class is appropriate for anyone – beginners to advanced.  Below are some of my paintings created with the techniques I will be teaching in this class.