Painting in the Garden Class


{a still life in progress}

This past weekend was a monumental one for me in two ways. First, on Sunday, the reception for my first large solo-exhibition took place. In this show 25 paintings and four graphite drawings were on display, and I feel the exhibit really marks a point in my art career where all the hard work of the previous five years is rewarded. It was fun seeing my work grouped together and in a place other than my living room… and in observing the collection of paintings, it is remarkable seeing the repeated themes in my work.

The second thing that I embraced this weekend is my new willingness to begin teaching group classes. Up until now, I have limited my teaching experiences to private one-on-one lessons. However, I have been considering teaching group classes more, after several weeks of thinking about it, I have decided to offer an eight-week plein air class in my home garden.


{another still life in progress}

This is because for the last two years I have been painting in my yard, sometimes focusing on my flowers in situ and at other times setting up still-life vignettes. I have found so much to enjoy in these experiences that I want to share it with others.

My goal for this class is to cover the basics of painting and drawing outdoors with an emphasis on slowing down and enjoying the creative process of observing and creating art.

Class starts in a few weeks on Saturday, July 26th

Painting in the Garden Enroll now via Paypal $240 10am-3pm Saturdays, July 26, 2014 to September 20, 2014 No class on August 30th, Labor Day Weekend

painting-in-the-garden-collage for web

{a watercolor of irises, fragrant nicotiana, and a still life in progress}

Each class will include a demonstration, plus having time to paint. Students may work in oil, watercolor, pastel, or pen and ink. Weekly lessons will cover composition, color, and technique with an overarching focus on slowing down and finding appreciation in the simple details. All levels are welcome.

Treat yourself to some quality time and plein air painting in my garden. Set up an easel or paint in a journal, surrounded by dappled shade, lush greenery, and colorful blossoms. You choose to paint directly from the garden or from a still-life vignette — whatever strikes your fancy...


To learn more about the class, visit the Painting in the Garden Class page, or download the class brochure to register by mail.