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I’ve been working at home since the art center closed in March. Finished one big new drawing, did a couple quick projects, and working on a couple of demonstration videos I hope to post soon. Meanwhile, it looks like the Dunedin Fine Art Center will start classes again with Summer I at the beginning of June. Classes will be limited in size, so register early. Safe practices include everyone having to wear masks, proper distancing and cleaning before and after classes. We will probably be in “art camp” mode with the adult classes being upstairs.

A quick self-portrait on Strathmore Toned-Blue Mixed Media, using a limited palette of colors — Derwent Coloursoft 6-pack.

Wall of Water – colored pencil drawing, 18 x 24″, matted and framed in maple to 24 x 30″

The 30th Annual Cool Art Show is coming up fast – next weekend, at the Coliseum in St. Pete. It will be a great show, with 76 artists on hand to show and sell their work. All are members of the Professional Association of Visual Artists. It’s hard to believe I’m among the artists who’ve participated the longest – most of those 30 years! I’ve framed two new pieces for this show – including the one shown here – and there will be new work in my browse bins too.


30th Annual Cool Art Show

The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave N, St Petersburg FL

Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, 10 – 5 both days

Free admission and free parking

I have four workshops coming in 2017 and 2018 at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts in Ft Myers.

Each two-day class is $160 LCAA members/$200 non-members. Register with the links below or call the LCAA at (239) 939-2787

The first is The Secret Weapons of Colored Pencil on October 28 – 29. No matter your level of experience, you will learn tricks and tips to help you get the most from the very versatile medium of colored pencil. All students receive a custom kit with supplies, paper and handouts and pencil sets will be available for use in class if you wish to try before you buy.

Secret Weapons of Colored Pencil


The other workshops are

Discover Watercolor Pencil, December 9 – 10.

Explore the many ways to use this great hybrid of drawing and painting – and pencils and paper are all provided. Discover Watercolor Pencil


Sketching in Pen & Color, February 24 – 25

Learn how freeing – and how much fun – it is to let go of perfectionism to draw with a pen!

Sketching in Pen & Color


Mixing Media with Colored Pencil & Pastel, March 17 – 18

This fast and fun technique uses colored pencil or pastel over clear gesso and oil paint – and most materials are provided. This class is based on my article in The Artist’s Magazine, October 2012.

Mixing Media

All my regular classes are scheduled for Fall Sesson II at the Dunedin Fine Art CenterBasic Drawing, Tuesdays 3:30 – 6:30, Colored Pencil for Everyone, Tuesdays 12:30 – 3:30, and Open Painting (oil or acrylic), Thursday nights, 7 – 10:00 and Friday mornings, 9 – noon.

Six week classes are $149 members/$179 non-members.


Also coming up, Mixing Media with Colored Pencil & Pastel, a two-day workshop, December 2 – 3. This fast and fun technique uses colored pencil or pastel over clear gesso and oil paint – and most materials are provided. This class is based on my article in The Artist’s Magazine, October 2012.

$160 members/$190 non-members


Register with DFAC online (under Drawing, Painting – Oil or Acrylic) or phone the art center at 727-298-3322

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

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