Monday, May 19, 2014


I am pleased to announce two new workshops have been scheduled in the coming months. The first one is coming up in a couple of weeks in the Austin area and the second one is scheduled for October in Lindale, near Tyler.

Workshops are a great place to get out of your comfort zone and experiment with all things plein air painting related. I offer sound, constructive methods for developing observation skills, design choices and painting techniques. I will help you explore the subtleties of light and form in the landscape with concise, easy to learn methods that have proven to be successful.

You will be encouraged to work fast, painting two or three paintings a day. I want to help you gain confidence in your approach to painting outdoors and to find or rediscover your passion for plein air painting.

Classes include daily demonstrations, group exercises and plenty of one-on-one personal instruction and encouragement. Reserve your spot...sign up today.

June 9-12, 2014
Sponsored by Austin Plein Air

Location: Austin area
Tuition: $400 
Contact: Ellen Willis 512.454.2747

October 23-26th
Sponsored by Killaby Fine Art School and Studio

Location: Lindale, TX
Tuition: TBD
Contact: Maureen Killaby 903.830.6694

For more information on daily schedules and supply list, please go to

Friday, May 9, 2014


I want to thank the Associated Creative Artists for having me as guest demo artist last Tuesday night. I always enjoy visiting with the members of the group and I'm honored any time I'm asked to do a demonstration painting.

For the demo I chose a photo from my recent trip to Carmel. The scene is in Pacific Grove right across the street from my hotel. I got up early each morning, grabbed a cup of coffee then sat on a bench and watched the sun come up.

Before I started my demo I made the point that I was NOT going to stay married to the photo and instead would change the light based on my memory of my morning coffee sessions. In so doing I made the point that painting from photographs is okay as long as you are the person who took the photograph and actually experienced the scene. There are so many reasons to not paint from photographs, but when I look at photos I've taken I can usually remember everything thing else that went into taking the shot and most times those things come back to me as I paint.

"Early Light at Pacific Grove"
12" x 16"  oil/linen