Archive for September, 2012

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:


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

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

Fall classes are starting at the Dunedin Fine Art Center


Fall Session I – Sept 11 – Oct 19
Fall Session II – Nov 6 – Dec 14
Tuition for six week classes: $128 DFAC members/$158 non-members


My weekly classes include
Colored Pencil for Everyone (404) Guided and independent work in colored pencil, for all levels
Tuesdays, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Basic Drawing (401) Learn to see as an artist sees – so you can draw anything!
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 6:30 pm
Open Painting – Night (458) Individualized instruction in oils, acrylics, or other media, all levels
Thursdays, 7 pm – 10 pm
Open Painting – Day (459) Individualized instruction in oils, acrylics, or other media, all levels
Fridays, 9 am – Noon

"Let's Make Her Into a Mermaid!"

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

This session, I also have two workshops at DFAC:

Mixing Media with Colored Pencil & Pastel (442W)
Two days: Sat – Sun, Sept 22 – 23, 9am – 3 pm
Tuition: $160 Members/$190 Non-members

As seen in The Artist’s Magazine, October 2012
Learn a fast and easy illustrator’s technique, adapted to new products: colored pencil and/or pastels over an oil underpainting over a textured ground over a graphite outline drawing on illustration board! Take advantage of the best qualities of each medium. Bring your own colored pencils and/or pastels (we’ll share what you don’t have in class) and a couple of brushes. All the special products — illustration board, clear gesso, oil paint, odorless mineral spirits, cotton swabs — will be provided


The Orange Towel Too

Watercolor pencil on canvas

Discover Watercolor Pencils (425W)
November 10 – 11, 9am – 3pm
$150 DFAC members/$180 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, will supply some of their newest products for use in this class.

Register online at or by phone (727) 298-3322
Register early and save!
Sign up at least two weeks before classes start and save $10 (see discount code on the online registration page or mention it by phone)




Mixing Media with Colored Pencil & Pastel

(See the DFAC workshop description)

October 6-7, 2012

Crealdé School of Art

600 St. Andrews Blvd, Winter Park FL 32792

Registration deadline, September 22, 2012


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.

January 26-27, 2013

Art League of Daytona Beach

433 S. Palmetto Avenue, Daytona Beach FL 32114

Registration deadline, January 10, 2013

February 18-19, 2013

Marco Island Center for the Arts

1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island FL 34145



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