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Coming up this month:

Watercolor pencil and ink

Discover Watercolor Pencils (class #425W)

Sat/Sun, February 25 – 26, 9 am – 4 pm

$160 Members/$190 Non-members          Pencils and paper provided!

Watersoluble colored pencils combine the precision and control of pencil drawing with the fluid possibilities of watercolor paint. Come explore the many ways these versatile drawing tools can be used—wet or dry, alone or for mixed media. Derwent, the leading makers and innovators in this fine art medium, supplies their best products for use in this class. Try them all in this class — plus you’ll receive pencils and paper to keep.

 

Also coming soon:

Sketching in Pen & Color, one-day workshop on Wednesday, April 5

Portraits in Colored Pencil, two-day workshop, Saturday/Sunday, May 20-21

All my regular classes are ongoing — Colored Pencil for Everyone, Basic Drawing, Open Painting (oil/acrylic). See the Dunedin Fine Art Center site for full details — look under Workshops and Adult Classes/Drawing and Painting

2Cool_2017PRwebimage72 The 5th Annual 2Cool Art Show is this coming weekend, March 4-5 at the Gulfport Casino. This indoor show features about 36 artists and I’ll be among them in my usual spot, booth #3. And I’ll be showing three new abstract colored pencil pieces!

Make a day of it. Gulfport is a funky waterfront community with lots of restaurants. Show hours, 10 – 5 both days. Free parking, free admission.

Mastering Colored Pencils

Springmaid Beach Resort and Conference Center, Myrtle Beach SC

October 30 – November 3

Rates start at $1373 (shared room, including 6 nights at the resort and all meals)

This in-depth class includes technical exercises and lots of individual guidance. Whatever your style or level of experience, you will learn quick methods for textures and effects, and how to fix problems. Demonstrations and discussion will include color for portraits and landscapes, tips for backgrounds, effective composition, and presentation. Various papers and tools will be provided; pencil sets will even be available to share in class.

866-890-5647 or find more information here

 

See a collection of my recent work at the Artway Gallery, St Petersburg College Seminole (FL) campus, through October 26.

PHSC exhibit poster 2015I am proud to announce the unveiling of a new body of work. My solo show, Return to the Water’s Edge, opens on November 4 at the Musunuru Gallery of Pasco Hernando State College (New Port Richey FL). The reception is November 4, 11 AM – 1 PM; the show will be on display until December 15, 2015. 18 of the 25 pieces in this show were completed this year. The main theme runs through nearly all of my work – being near water, especially Florida beaches, is good for us. We all relate to being in and near the water, and these drawings are intended to take us all back to that happy, healing place.

Here’s the next chance to learn everything you ever wanted to know about watercolor pencils!
INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR PENCIL at the Maitland Art Center, Maitland Florida
Instructor: Melissa Miller Nece
Tuition: $154.00 non-members, $140 members
April 12th & 13th ; 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Studio 2
Using pencils provided by Derwent, you will learn the basics of working with this exciting medium which combines the best of drawing and painting. We will be doing short exercises together as well as working on personal projects. All pencils and paper are provided for use in class. Derwent products we’ll use include Watercolour, Inktense, Graphitint, Aquatone, Metallics, Art Bars and Inktense Blocks. You will take home a 6-pack of one type of pencil and assorted sample papers. This is a fun class — additional projects include silk painting (scarves available for a nominal fee) and printmaking with Intense Blocks.

More information and to register: Art & History Museums Maitland

Watercolor pencil and ink

“Main Street” Watercolor pencil and ink

Three Dudes and Boards, First Place, Drawing MASF 2013 Exhibition

COMING SOON IN TWO LOCATIONS:

The Secret Weapons of Colored Pencil

An easy introduction to the possibilities of colored pencil, this class covers fun and fast techniques for any kind of subject or style. It includes technical exercises using provided tools and papers, followed by guided completion of a class project, and student selected projects. Instruction includes tips of color mixing, finishing, and presentation.
Art League of Daytona Beach, January 26-27, 2013

433 S. Palmetto Avenue, Daytona Beach FL 32114 www.artleague.org
Marco Island Center for the Arts, February 18-19, 2013

1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island FL 34145 www.marcoislandart.org

 

TWO WORKSHOPS FEATURED THIS SESSION AT THE DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER:

Working Small: Miniature Painting & Drawing (482W), February 2 – 3, 9 am – 4 pm
$150 M/$180 NM
Any medium, all skill levels

The instructor is a frequent show prizewinner and past MASF show juror who will explain what qualifies as “miniature” and provide expert guidance in adapting your skills to the smaller scale. Work with your favorite mediums and surfaces; some special surfaces and tools will be for sale at the workshop. Your brushes don’t have to be tiny, just have good points. Magnifying glasses are optional! (All registered participants are invited to a special pre-workshop tour of the exhibit with the instructor at 2 pm on Friday, February 1. Museum admission included.)
Color Mixing Made Easy (484W), March 2 – 3, 9 am – 4 pm
Tuition: $140 M/$170 NM + Materials Fee: $10, paid to instructor
Any medium, all skill levels

The instructor is a Registered Teacher in the Michael Wilcox (author of Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green) School of Color. The Wilcox method is guaranteed to help you save money on paint and time in finding the color you need! Features introduction to color theory, video presentation and hands-on exercises. Discussion will also include lightfastness, color schemes, and literal/interpretive use of color.

For DFAC classes, register online here or call 727-298-3322

I have been selected as one of TEN Colored Pencil Masters to be featured in a brand new Home Study Course called Sessions with Colored Pencil Masters. My work will also be featured on Nov. 13, 1 p.m. EST, in an international webinar which gives a sneak peek of the course with tips, tricks and shortcuts from top Masters.
To sign up for the webinar click here. Even if you can’t watch it live, sign up so you will get a link to the replay.

"Guarding Lives (High Hazard)"

One of my artworks used in this course.

If you want to buy a copy of this new course at a special low price, contact me for a special discount offer. If 10 people or more contact me to buy a copy of the course, I can order it in bulk for resale at a larger discount.

 

My mixed media technique is featured in the “Drawing Board” column of  the October 2012 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. It is a step-by-step demonstration of  the technique I developed using colored pencil over alkyd oil paint over clear gesso. This is the same technique we explore in my newest workshop, “Mixing Media with Colored Pencil and Pastel.” (See previous posts for scheduled workshop dates.) The models for both drawings in the article are my beautiful nieces.

A summary of the article and an example of a variation of the technique can be found online at ArtistsNetwork.

"Let's Make Her Into a Mermaid!"

As seen in the step-by-step article in The Artist's Magazine, October 2012

Starting on September 13, I am introducing a new class at the Beach Art Center in Indian Rocks Beach, FL:

REALIST PAINTING AND DRAWING  

Thursdays, 1 – 4 PM, Ongoing, starting Sept 13

 4 classes, $70 members/$90 non-members (Membership $50/yr)

Join this award winning, nationally recognized artist for one on one instruction in drawing, colored pencil, acrylic, oil or mixed media. Open to any beginning or advanced artist that strives for realism in their work. Take it to the next level as you strengthen your drawing skills, develop techniques, design better compositions and simplify color mixing in the medium(s) of your choice. Bring your own materials; additional products will be available to try in class.

Beach Art Center

1515 Bay Palm Blvd,Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785 www.beachartcenter.org

Call 727-596-4331 to register or for more information

 

The image above is a detail of a new piece, “Atlantic Storm,” on Terraskin, a new eco-friendly “stone” paper

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