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My first trip to Spain was in 2003 and since then I have been back several times. The first 2 weeks of May I will realize a dream of mine to take a group of art friends and indulge ourselves by drawing, photographing and painting our way through Spain. We will spend the first week in southern Spain. From there we fly from Malaga to Barcelona for another week of fun. We will stay on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) on the southern shores of Spain. Our lodging will be at the same beautiful place for a week (no lugging suitcases and daily packing!). I have a villa rented for a week with a lovely property and beautiful pool. It’s pretty enough to just stay at the villa, but we are going to paint and photograph so each day we will travel out to a new place and take in the sights with our cameras, sketch books and paint. Of course, if you wish to ‘skip’ a day out and relax at the villa it is always an option! I like to travel cheap…and since we will have kitchens we can eat at ‘home’ for breakfast. For lunch and dinner we can decide which will be ‘on the road’… perhaps take a picnic lunch and eat out for dinner, or eat out for lunch and return for a relaxing dinner. We will complete our travels just before the airfare rates for summer travel escalate. I have a book, “1000 Places to See Before You Die.” We are visiting 3 of those on the Southern Coast and at least 3 more in Barcelona! Spain is where explorers dreamed of seeing a new world…and that’s what we plan to do!



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WHEN: Fridays, 9:30-noon (but we bring a lunch and usually stay until close to 2!). This is an ongoing class…new students can join in anytime!

WHERE: Hobby Lobby Classroom in Denton on Loop 288 and Colorado across from the mall, at the back of the store.  

COST: I started this class in February 2013 with the goal of having an ongoing class for a group of painters. Instead of charging for a set block of time (say 6 weeks) you pay for the days when you come. Of course, I hope you will make every effort to come to each class since the lessons progress as a series, building upon what was learned earlier. The pay arrangement is unique. You purchase a card with 6 sessions for $150. Each time you come your card will be validated. After six have been used, you may purchase another card and continue with the classes. This system allows for more flexibility with your schedule. If you miss a class due to travel, company, illness or appointments, you don't pay for a class you don't attend!
Each class begins with a critique on work done at class and even works done at home. No fear…It is gentle and positive! I paint demos and work through the same assignment as the class. If you already paint with watercolors, I will be taking you in new directions with new windows to open in your art work. If you are a beginner, or have not painted in awhile, I have something for you also. We all begin somewhere and we all progress from that point. Through my lessons there is something for everyone, at any level.
Each week you will get a printed sheet for future reference of the lesson, examples, and information. I try to incorporate a bit of art history so you can get a feel for how other artists have approached the subject matter. (One day I am going to print a book! In the meantime, you get loose sheets) Some of the topics are:
Contour Drawing/Value Study, Smooth transition in shapes/shadows, Complementary Colors, Color Temperature, Texture, White Space, Negative Space Painting, Mood through color and light, Negative Space, Perspective, in Shadows, How to Photo Document Final Piece & Frame, Rhythm and Overlapped Pattern, A Landscape in Three Analagous Colors, Cool Subject – Hot colors…Colors You Don’t Expect, Mood, Pattern, Contrast in a Figure Painting, Neutral Colors and more!


I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts and have been an art instructor for 40+ years! I regularly paint demonstrations at North Texas area art associations and once a year I teach a workshop/retreat for one week at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM. My art has been published in national magazines, books, on television and won many awards in national juried art exhibits. Currently I am serving as President of Society of Watercolor Artists based in Fort Worth, TX. I would love to share with you my passion for painting!


I'm included in the Best of Worldwide Artists, Vol 1

I am one of 124 artists from 21 countries chosen by Kennedy Publishing to be released in 2013. Three of my images have been chosen: "Sweet Dreams", "Rainbow Agave" and "Peony in Pink, Lintao, China" for a 2-page spread.  The 3 paintings are pictured below.

"Best of Worldwide Artists, Vol I" pgs 22,23

I am included in the Zentangle 9: Color with Mixed Media Book now available! This is what happens once you begin doing Zentangle, a meditative style of graphic design. This particular image began as a watercolor I painted in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico titled "Cabo Hibiscus." Several years later, I improved it with Zentangle and it is now "Tangled Hibiscus." It is one of two of my paintings included in Suzanne McNeill's book, "Zentangle 9" in which I am a featured artist!

My turtle photograph was chosen by Norie Sato as a reference for one mosaic column installed as part of the Chisholm Trail Parkway in the Fort Worth North Texas Tollway Authority public art project. Mosaics were made by Franz Mayer Studio in Germany. Each column is 2' diameter x 13' tall. The columns crossing the Trinity Riverway focus on water creatures and plants in that area.

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