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Watercolor & Ink Studies – Just For Fun

Introduction. Hi!  I’d like to simply share a couple of watercolor studies.   Why Do Studies. There are several reasons why I like doing these studies.  Here are a few reasons that come immediately to mind. Focus:  One has to pay attention when working with watercolor.  The paint moves and I like to take advantage […]

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Poets & Painters (& Pie!)

Family! Friends! Friends that are like family! Anna Elkins and I are offering a fun, no experience needed writing and painting workshop at the charming Pennington Farms in the Applegate. The environment is inspiring, the pie is delicious and the writin…

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These are things in my kitchen cupboard. Seriously. I know there should be things like alphabetized spices and cereal boxes and folded linens and all kinds of sundry kitchen things like pasta in tube shaped tupperware but somehow several of my cupboard…

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Deliberate Practice Applied To Drawing Better

Purpose. This article is about practicing smarter using strategic, or deliberate practice, as it applies to the skill of realistic drawing. I will introduce the idea of deliberate (or strategic) practice then share my views on two articles on how to draw and sketch better.  The articles are from the website “Jen Reviews”. Clarifying Terms. […]

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Pumpkins on a Stick

Are these found in nature? Engineered by Trader Joe gardeners in a some creepy Halloween lab? Growing wild in Pumpkinland, USA? How exactly did “pumpkin branches” become a thing and when you google them how did they exist as so matter of factly as “Pum…

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October Art Show: Peggy’s People, Ponies and Kitties!

You Are Invited! Hi, its show time!  That is, I’m pleased to say that I am showing my several watercolor paintings at GoodBean Coffee Company in Jacksonville, OR during the month of October.  For those of you who are interested, GoodBean is located at 165 South Oregon St. in historic Jacksonville.  Let me say that […]

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Pink Sails

Exciting news here! I took the leap into putting my artwork onto a variety of print on demand products and I am having so much fun playing with these new formats. Pouches, tote bags, art prints in all forms, mugs, eye phone cases & chargers…duvet…

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From My Easel: Two “Man With Hat Series” Paintings

New Series. Hi!  I’d like to introduce my “Man With Hat” series. The Beginning. I started this series last spring as part of a demonstration for the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO).  Because my painting process takes awhile I didn’t finish the painting during the allotted time.  Instead, I worked on several versions in different […]

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Classically Trained Artist

What Is “Classically Trained”? Hi! I have been thinking about what makes an artist classically trained. Have you seen that term on a biography of an artist or musician? And, what does that mean? John Stermer, Classically Trained Artist What a funny question, don’t you think? To explain, I have been helping my sister prepare […]

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Court 4

It’s no secret I’m not that much of an athlete. I really love being active but I missed the hand-eye co-ordination team sport gene and since I can remember, I was that kid picked near the end for sports. (The agony!) I’ve always assumed “I’m not good a…

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