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Beatles Tribute by Sofa City Sweetheart

Listen to Beatles songs performed live by Sofa City Sweetheart.  EDIT:   Here is the recording from August 21, 2022. Hopefully he will sing some of his original songs too!   He’s an amazing musician. Sofa City Sweetheart is the music project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Juan Antonio Lopez.  You can listen to his music on any…

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Abstract Mixed Media tutorial

It was a fun ABSTRACT MIXED MEDIA class today!  Thanks to all who joined and painted along with me. In this tutorial, I used CaranD’Ache Fancolor watercolor set, Ebony pencil, Kuretake Ink pen, Schmincke Acrylic ink, Dr. Ph Hydrus watercolor and acrylic ink, Color Burst powder, SketchBox Pigment powder, QoR watercolor. Here is the collection…

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Free Online Class: Learn to paint like Van Gogh with Ksenia Annis

Ksenia has given our watercolor group 75% discount for three of her courses:  Learn to paint like Van Gogh, Paint like the masters, and Impressionism with gouache.  You can get the bundle of 3, or select any of them. Free Online Class:  Learn to paint like Van Gogh with Ksenia Annis Live recording:  Saturday, August…

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Apps to help plan a painting

Leverage technology to help you plan a painting If the old masters had access to today’s technology, would they use it?    I think they would.   Let’s turn back time and see what devices were used hundreds of years ago: Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)  is believed to have used the camera obscura, which is an optical…

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How to do a value study

  When doing a value study of a landscape, here’s what I do: Convert the original photo to Black and White (I also use apps to help determine values:  NotanIzer, SeeValue, and there are many others) Look for 5-7 major shapes Paint the shapes/values Add minimal details Give it a try with one of your…

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Made my own palette configuration

Why I created my own palette configuration: I like a large well for my paint to make it easier to use a large brush. I like the well to be slanted so I can mix up a bunch of paint and have it easy to sop up with a brush. I like separate mixing areas. …

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Painting leaves and water droplets

Painting leaves and water droplets. Here’s a one-hour tutorial on painting simple leaves.  I was joined by two inspiring artists, Ksenia Annis and Lenard Lai. I started with a simple leaf… added a water droplet… then moved on to Ksenia Annis painting a gorgeous maple leaf… and finished up with a Monstera leaf by Lenard…

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Watercolor postcards for beginners!

  Learn to paint simple and HAPPY postcards!  If you can write the letter “U”, draw a simple boomerang, and scribble a “blob”, you can paint these happy postcards! We had an online zoom class today with some members of the Facebook group.  It was great to meet them!  It’s fun to paint with others. …

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Holiday Card tutorials

As we are approaching the holidays, I gathered some Holiday card ideas — all free videos. One of my favorites is this candle by Ksenia Annis.   She has offered to do a free Facebook Live on how to turn this candle into a holiday card.  Stay tuned for the event announcement on Facebook.   Check out Ksenia’s…

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Easy watercolor autumn tree landscape

This is a simple project.   Trust me.  🙂 Watercolor paint: yellows and reds (whatever you have) ultramarine blue burnt sienna Don’t worry about what brand of paint you have.  Student grade, artist grade, doesn’t matter.   Just paint.  🙂 Two minute video! See, I told you this was a simple project! I did this on two…