Category Archives: Off the easel

Social Media for Artists Created by an Artist

Social media class for artist

Class at the rochester Art Club


Last year a fellow artist, asked if I would teach a class to artists about social media. At that time, I knew how to get around and since I’ve have stretched my boundaries, had my fair share of mistakes and learned quite a bit. Tada! Here it is! Here we will cover basics about the different social media platforms, how to get around or navigate and I’ll share how to increase exposure for your art and build a following!

Class Details
Learn the basics of various social media platforms, tips how to navigate and how to integrate your art for exposure. Platforms covered will be: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogging, Facebook, Pinterest, Photoshop and Etsy

Hosted by the Rochester Art Club
1115 East Main St.
Studio 437-439
Rochester, 14609

Classes open to the public, limited space, enroll today for a great 2013!

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Fee: $40
Time: 9:30-1:30pm

My second class


Red Rose painting


“Respect”, Prints available!


Painting Realistic Flowers with Oils

Paint realistic flowers with oils, build up glowing layers and intense colors. Learn tips on how to quick-start a painting. This is a solvent-free class!

When: Saturdays, March 2 & March 9, 2013, 10-4pm

Cost: $120


The best part? I’ve decided to integrate this class in my 1 week watercolor workshops! If Interested in booking a workshop, you can see the details on my Etsy shop and contact me here with any questions!


Holiday Pin, Share and Win Pinterest Contest

Welcome to my 1st Pinterest Contest! I’m just as excited as you are to share my art and one lucky winner will have the pleasure of winning an 11×14″ One of a kind Giclee on Canvas of “Respect”, the original is an oil painting on Gessobord and measures 16×20″. If interested in purchasing the original let me know!

Play on you pinners and keep on sharing, the more you share, the more chances of winning! Don’t forget to visit me on Facebook, my goal is to reach or better yet exceed 400 fans, thank you!

Note: Click on image to see up close and the say awww!

The more you share images from my “La Galeria” AND “like” me on Facebook the more chances of winning!

For full rules and regulations visit my website:

What I Learned At This Art Workshop

Keuka Lake Winery

View of Keuka Lake from winery

At the beginning of the summer I had the blessed opportunity to teach a 3 day watercolor painting workshop for the Yates County Arts Center at their Sunny Point cottage. Sunny Point is a cozy cottage with an incredible barn shaped like a lighthouse at the edge of the water on Keuka Lake in the beautiful Finger Lakes of upstate NY, the lake is surrounded by endless first class wineries!

Sunny Point cottage on keuka Lake

View from inside the cottage

Keuka Lake

Backyard or front? Either way it’s breathtaking, imagine having your morning coffee here!

This little piece of heaven was donated by Dr. Annie Smith, a well-known artist, author, and a professor of art history for more than 30 years at the University of Toronto at Mississauga/Sheridan collegian. She  fought a long battle with breast and ovarian cancer and shared her endless struggles in a book called “Bearing Up With Cancer”, and is wonderfully animated with bears.  During one of the quiet evenings in the cottage, I glanced through the book and although it’s creatively animated, you can sense her pain and the toll the illness was taking on her life. You’ll find these adorable drawings around the cottage.  The facility continues to support Annie’s legacy, to be used as a place for artists and others to gather, to be inspired, to learn, to contemplate, and to share ideas. And so I was more than inspired…

Sunny Point Cottage

Sunny Point cottage

Barn Lighthouse

View of barn with workshop participants and their art exercise in progress

At the time of the workshop I was recovering from a fracture on my left leg, the cast had been removed and replaced with one of those Frankenstein braces, this made it a little difficult to get around. My 9 year old daughter, Rebecca, was ending the school year and her classes were winding down, coupled along with  my husbands working schedule we agreed that it would a good idea to bring her with me, she was in heaven! She turned out to be the best Assistant and student, we had a wonderful time together and the workshop participants pampered her, who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Rebecca making copies

My baby hard at work

This was a workshop jam-packed with lots of information, demonstrations, painting and hands-on exercises. I’m a tough teacher, I worked them pretty hard, at the end of the 3 days they needed a nap and so did I! I do admit I go overboard with information and I try to be extremely organized. Since I was providing so much information I wanted to make sure they had plenty of painting time, again that’s why they are there. I prepared and printed notes for the participants and then bounded them with a binding machine I had purchased, they turned out to be quite handy for the students, they didn’t need to take tons of notes and can refer to them later. Perhaps I overwhelmed them with too much material for a 3 day workshop, but all in all I believe for some they learned something new, for others some material was a refresher or perhaps they saw it with a different perspective.

Binded Class notes

Student binders: notes, references and individual paint inventory spreadsheets

What I learned

I enjoy teaching and sharing all I know, why hold back? Teaching this workshop I learned a few things about myself and from the participants:

  • Adjust to all skill levels; I put myself in their shoes and remembered when I went to my first workshop and felt so unsecured as a beginner. I’m sensitive to their needs, I make sure these participants get the most as they are moldable and need a little extra attention without neglecting the intermediate and advanced painters.
  • I try to encourage a warm and inviting atmosphere among the participants to encourage participation. I was quite surprised with the number of students who made copies of information for everyone, shared a book or a great tip.
  • I do try to maintain control of the time and conversation, I respect the fact that students are there to paint and learn, their time is valuable, without them I wouldn’t be teaching the class.
  • I learned tips from students as we went along that I can apply for future classes and in my art work.
  • I encourage feedback, yes I had them complete a questionnaire, it’s priceless and I respect all feedback: the good, the ugly and the in between. Feedback is the way to feed forward.
  • I learned that I love to share my joy of art and painting and that I wasn’t alone!


Thanks to everyone who made this a special time and place for Rebecca and me, for the wonderful gifts showered upon us in material and spirit.

Thank you Dr. Annie Smith for gracing us with incredible inspiration for our art and souls.

Thank you to Ampersand Art Supplies for the samples for the students to mount their watercolors.

Thank you to the Yates County Arts Center that in addition to teaching,  invited me as one of the three featured artists for their exhibit “Thyme In A Garden” which ran concurrently with the workshop, how cool is that, they are just terrific! They have a great new building on Main Street and are offering all types of classes in their new HUGE classroom, watch their website for upcoming classes.

Thank you  Rebecca for being there for mom, I’m truly blessed to have you as a daughter!

Above all, thank you to all the participants who shared this magnificent experience with me!

We hope to return to Sunny Point in the future!


While I was creating this post I received this email and images from Bonnie Barney, one of the participants;

See what a student of a good teacher produces…  The daylily is on textured Ampersand watercolor surface, the iris on smooth  clayboard.  Both are so different from paper that I found it difficult to
get anything to “flow”.  Live and learn.

Thanks for the inspiration,


Dayliliy by Bonnie Barney

Daylily on Textured surface or Aquabord

Bonnie Barney

Iris on Claybord

Music to my ears, thank you Bonnie! Bonnie is a very talented artist, tons of experience, we found we had many books in common.

About Ampersand Art Supplies

What Bonnie is referring to is the extremely smooth surface of Claybord, comparable to Yupo or Hot Press paper. For a comparable paper to cold press paper, I would recommend the Aquabord. Here is “Exhuberance”, which was part of the exhibit “Thyme in a Garden”,  painted directly on Aquabord, it measures 36×24″, larger than a full sheet. I had it framed with a linen fabric and wood frame, looks lovely, I love this piece. To achieve the dark background I used acrylic paint, the tulips were painted with watercolor. It has a plexiglass to protect from dust, another option is to varnish the surface. I really love these products because it save me money on framing, specially when I mount the watercolors on to the Claybords, the surfaces are acid-free,  and with the large selection and variety of sizes and panels I can get very creative because I’m not limited to one option of framing, size or medium… yes, to creativity! I have seen a large number of artists using these products in many creative ways, techniques and mediums, it’s fascinating to see new art!

Thyme in a Garden Poster

Thyme in a Garden exhibit at Yates County Arts Center

“Thyme in a Garden” exhibit, front display at the Yates County Arts Center

Iris III

My largest painting, “Iris III”, 6×12″, Watercolor mounted on to Claybord


 “Exhuberance”, Mixed media on Aquabord, 26×24″

Watercolors on Ampersand Claybords

Watercolors mounted on Claybords on exhibit at the Yates County Arts Center

Watercolors on display

Workshop pictures

I want to share with you a few of the pictures from the workshop. You’ll see the participants doing building exercises: color blending, color intensity exercises, glazing techniques and mounting their their second watercolor painting onto an 8×10″, Ampersand Claybord, thanks to the genorosity of Ampersand Art Supplies!

What are your teaching or workshop experience(s) that have inspired your style or changed your skills?

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Beautiful Sights of Keuka Lake

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to teach a Watercolor Floral workshop at Keuka Lake and have so much to share with you. However, I have to get back to easel, it’s crunch time, but here are a few photos for you to see what you missed…enjoy!

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Terrific Ampersand products for students

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Today I’m preparing for a watercolor workshop that I will be instructing at Sunny Point, a cozy cottage on the water at Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes, in upstate New York. Sunny Point is part of the Yates County Arts Center. The lake is surrounded by first class wineries and by the picturesque town of Hammondsport. We first discovered the area, years ago by camping At Hickory Hills, well, I’ll admit more like RV-ing with more amenities than we possibly need but do enjoy. Our  “camping” trips to Hickory Hill consisted of body massages, wine tasting and soaking up the sun in the pool, that’s my way of camping.

I want to give a millions thanks to Ampersand Art Supply for providing samples for the students  to play and have fun. My kids will definitely enjoy them! We will have small samples to paint and 8×10″ Claybords to mount a watercolor. Painting Ampersand samples

I’ll be teaching quite a bit about color, how to maximize their pigments, creating vibrant flowers and then mounting we will mount onto a Claybord and much more. I’ll be sharing our progress here, stay tuned! I’m looking forward to meeting new artists!

If you are in the Penn Yan area, stop by the Yates County Arts Center where I’m proud to be sharing an exhibit “Thyme in a Garden” along with Linda Huey and Nancy Ridenour. Here a few of my watercolors mounted on Ampersand Claybords.

Watercolors on Ampersand Claybords

The exhibit will be available to the public till June 16, 2012, the gallery is located at 119 East Elm St, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Imagine “Thyme in a Garden” in bloom

I had the honor to be chosen as one of three featured artists for “Thyme in a Garden”, an exhibit at the Yates County Arts Center. I’m sharing this wonderful space along with a talented photographer, Nancy Ridenour,  and  an incredible artist that creates wonders with clay, Linda Huey. On display are my watercolors mounted on Claybord. The exhibit is in conjunction with my workshop “Floral Watercolor Workshop” in June at Sunny Point, a cottage owned by the Yates County Arts Center. I will be teaching how to mount watercolors without framing, glazing techniques and how to maximize watercolor pigments to save money.

White Peony mounted onto an Ampersand Claybord

The opening reception was last Friday, May 18, and I had the pleasure to meet them the other artists, other members and supporters from the community. I have to say I quite surprised by the incredible support from the community. Usually you’ll find other artists at these openings, but here I met non-artist supporters from as far California, how wonderful is that! Despite hobbling around in a hot pink cast, we had a lovely evening followed by dinner across the street.

YCAC exhibit

The exhibit will be available to the public till June 16, 2012, the gallery is located at 119 East Elm St, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

To learn more about the exhibit, visit:

To learn more about the workshop, visit:

This painting could save a child

Make a life easier for a child to breath. If you know of child that suffers from asthma, ask them a simple question; “What is it like to have asthma”? See and hear from their perspective how it feels not to breath.

That’s why “Tenderness”, the proceeds from the sale one of my original paintings for my upcoming exhibit “Gift of the Rose”, will be donated to the Golisano’s Children’s Hospital to further benefit the Pediatric Asthma Support. One of the best gifts you could give is helping save a child’s life!

tenderness of mother and child, yellow rose gift of the rose collection I’m inspired to paint flowers because I see the parallel lives between nature and human lives, perfect example is tenderness.  In “Tenderness” I feel the bond and tenderness between a parent and child, the maternal instinct to protect and nurture. This beautiful piece was in the May issue of American Art Collector and in the Xanadu’s Gallery Collectors Catalogue. It’s an 20×16″ oil panting on Ampersand Gessobord. Painting is $400, delivered or mailed after the exhibit.

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