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May 6, 2020 update to Daniel Smith Stores COVID-19 CLOSURE.

Dear Customers of DANIEL SMITH STORES, LLC.

We regret that all events for May and June 2020 are cancelled. We may be able to open the store for retail business by June 1, but social distancing guidelines will not allow us to resume our events schedule for awhile.

There is tentative discussion about resuming events in July, but too much uncertainty exists at this time to announce when exactly we will return to gathering together to make art in the lecture hall. As soon as more information is available we will update this post.

Thank you for checking in and looking for updates. We love seeing that you're ready to join us again. Each and every one of us looks forward to gathering and sharing and learning together with you.

As stated in March, the entire staff of Daniel Smith Stores care about our you, our artist friends and customers. But your health and safety, and the health and safety of our staff if the highest priority right now. We continue to wish you many opportunities to share art online with those you love. We look very forward to seeing you again.

We hope to see you in a few weeks.
If you wish to register for a future event or have questions about events you are already registered for, please contact Thom Wright via email at thom.wright@danielsmithstores.com.

3-DAY WORKSHOPS: The Illustrated Journal with BRENDA SWENSON. July 8-10, 2020. 10:30am-5:00pm

The ILLUSTRATED JOURNAL
with BRENDA SWENSON

3-DAY WORKSHOP: $450
001 901 438

Wednesday-Friday
July 8-10, 2020

10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
SUPPLY LIST at the end of this blog post


FREE DEMO!
Saturday, July 11, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The ILLUSTRATED JOURNAL with WATERCOLOR is the creative process of merging images and words together on a page. In the workshop, we will explore fun and exciting ways to be creative with images, words, and page design. Each day we’ll explore different drawing techniques, watercolor, and ink. Whether you’re interested in creating an illustrated journal for travel, gardening, daily life…amazing things happen when you put images and words together. You’ll come away from the workshop excited and inspired about your work! Best of all your illustrated journal will uniquely reflect your style and creative voice. Workshop participants will benefit from demonstrations, encouragement and individual help.

Email: SwensonsArt@gmail.com Website: www.SwensonsArt.net Blog: www.BrendaSwenson.blogspot.com

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Please read: The Workshop Experience

Palette: Heritage Folding Palette with 18 wells
Watercolors: Daniel Smith watercolors unless noted differently. I may add or subtract colors.
  * Green Gold
  * Hansa Yellow Medium
  * Raw Sienna Light (DS) or Raw Sienna (Winsor & Newton)
  * Quinacridone Gold
  * Permanent Yellow Deep
  * Anthraquinoid Scarlet
  * Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  * Quinacridone Rose
  * Imperial Purple
  * French Ultramarine
  * Cobalt Blue
  * Manganese Blue Hue
  * Cobalt Teal Blue
  * Phthalo Turquoise
  * Phthalo Green BS
  * Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  * Transparent Red Oxide (DS) or Burnt Sienna (Winsor & Newton)
  * Lunar Black
Brushes:
  * Rounds: assorted sizes 6 to 14
  * Flats: Da Vinci 5080 series size 20mm
Sketchbook for Journal: My favorite is Stillman & Birn Beta. The sketchbooks come in a variety of sizes, bindings (stitch and coil), covers (hard and soft). Whatever sketchbook you choose, look for paper dense enough to handle washes without warping or bleeding through. It's your choice of size and brand.
Drawing Pad: Inexpensive paper for warm-ups and exercises. Size 9 x 12 or 11 x 14. White paper, not newsprint.
Pens: I like them all from cheap disposable to pricey fountain pens. I equally like water-soluble and water-proof in. Here are a few suggestions.
  * Waterproof:
    * Pitt by Faber-Castell
    * Micron
    * Copic
    * NO sharpies for sketching, please.
  * Water-Soluble:
    * Tombow pens have two tips:
        * one end has a stiff drawing nib
        * the opposite end has a brush tip
        * I use neutral colors: Burnt Sienna, Ochre, Gray, etc.
Pencils and Eraser
Miscellaneous Items: clips, paper towels for clean-up, water container, small spray bottle.
Reference Material: bring a variety of visual material that inspires you (photos, sketches, travel brochures, snap shots, etc . . .
Props: bring items to draw from and share (silk fruits and veggies, old books, tea cups, old kettles, glass bottles [mason jars, colored glass . . . ], hand tools [hammers, pliers, wrenches, screw drivers . . . ], and other fun junk).
ALSO: In addition to props, bring at least one personal object, something that has sentimental meaning (old pocket watches, baby shoes, jewlery, a pocket knife . . ). these objects are to be kept with you and not put out on the props table.

4 DAY WORKSHOP: Negative Painting with Watercolor with BRENDA SWENSON. July 12-15, 2020. 10:30am-5:00pm

NEGATIVE PAINTING with WATERCOLOR
with BRENDA SWENSON

FREE DEMO!
Saturday, July 11, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

4 DAY WORKSHOP: $600
001 901 435

Sunday-Wednesday
July 12-15, 2020

10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
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Discover the exciting results of negative painting with watercolor! Negative painting is the technique of painting around a subject (the negative space) to define it in the composition. Build your confidence in handling glazes, wet into wet, under-paintings and painting into wet passages. Strengthen your understanding of pigments and how they directly relate to the complexed medium of watercolor. During the workshop, you’ll learn how to create interesting shapes and depth of color with transparent glazes. Strengthen a painting with overlapping, interlocking shapes, and linkage. Students will benefit from daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help.

Workshop Skill Level: Intermediate and beyond
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DEMO & TWO 2-DAY WORKSHOPS: Watercolor Techniques with MICHAEL REARDON. July 18, 19-20, 21-22, 2020.

WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUES
with MICHAEL REARDON

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FREE DEMO!
Saturday, July 18, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

2-DAY WORKSHOP #1: $300
Sunday-Monday
July 19-20, 2020

10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

2-DAY WORKSHOP #2: $300
Tuesday-Wednesday
July 21-22, 2020

10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

In each of these 2-day workshops we will emphasize fundamental techniques in order to strengthen your skills in watercolor landscape painting. Fundamentals covered will include: creating a strong composition, evoking a sense of light through the use of values, and manipulating color for its full expressive effect. While Michael will demonstrate his painting style and the use of colors in his palette, he will encourage people to develop their personal style and approach to watercolor.

A demonstration will start each day, followed by individual painting with careful guidance. A review of the day’s work concludes each day. We will also explore ways to work with photo references so that they help, not dictate, your final painting.

All levels welcome. Some experience with watercolor recommended.

BIOGRAPHY:
Michael Reardon has been painting and teaching watercolor for many years. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society and a Master signature member of the California Watercolor Association. He is also a signature artist member of the California Art Club.

He is the author of Watercolor Techniques: Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three DVDs that demonstrate his approach to painting landscapes, cityscapes, and waterscapes. He has been featured in several magazines, such as Watercolor Artist and L’Art de l’Aquarelle. His work has garnered many reviews and prizes, including the Ogden and Mary Pleissner Memorial Award from the American Watercolor Association and Best of Show in the Statewide Watercolor Exhibition at the Triton Museum in California. He was also the recipient of the Gabriel Prize from the Western European Architecture Foundation, which sent him to Paris for three months of painting. He works from his studio in Oakland, California.

2-DAY WORKSHOP: Watercolor Trees with SANDY ALLNOCK. Jul 31-Aug 1, 2020. 10:30am-4:30pm

WATERCOLOR TREES
with SANDY ALLNOCK

2-DAY WORKSHOP: $220
Friday-Saturday
July 31-August 1, 2020

10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
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Sandy Allnock’s love of watercolor will be poured out into students in this 2 day workshop - all about trees! A wide variety of techniques will be demonstrated and practiced in this class. The class will cover four demonstrated step by step paintings, with students completing each pass to create their own tree studies.

Sandy will inspire painters to try something new and address possible roadblocks to advance their skills. While all levels of students are welcome, beginners should come ready to dive in with enthusiasm - this isn’t a basics course, but Sandy’s excited to share her own big artistic “AHA” moments to help others learn to overcome their challenges in watercolor.

FREE DEMO & 3-DAY WORKSHOP: California Vibe Portraiture™ in Watercolor with DAVID LOBENBERG. Aug 8, 2020. 11am-12:30pm

CALIFORNIA VIBE PORTRAITURE™ in WATERCOLOR
with DAVID LOBENBERG

FREE DEMO!
Saturday, August 8, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

3-DAY WORKSHOP: $375
Sunday-Tuesday
August 9-11, 2020

10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
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In my California Vibe workshop, you will learn watercolor portraiture that goes beyond the norm with super expressive paint applications and wildly intense colors.

ABSOLUTELY NO DRAWING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY – You will work from photo references both provided by me and your own. A tracing technique will be utilized for all paintings.

Here is what you will learn:
1. Take dramatic, stylistic photographs with a Camera, smart phone, or computer pad.
2. A simple technique to trace contour outlines from your photographs that can be easily transferred to any size of watercolor paper.
3. To economically and with minimal brush strokes, render head structure and facial features.
4. To work with a minimal color palette and the four basic water/pigment consistencies to render strong value contrasts, subtle tints, and intense hues.
5. To create one-eighth sheet (5 ½ by 7 ½ inch) “pochades” (a French word for a small painting), to quickly explore both paint application techniques and expressive color combinations.
6. To use your pochades as guides to paint your final California Vibe, beyond the norm, portraits.


The three day duration of the workshop will focus your efforts to practice and MASTER these six successive steps. Towards the end of the workshop, you’ll have the where-with-all to follow your own path towards California Vibe™ watercolor portraiture!

1-DAY WORKSHOP: Perspective Sketching 101 with STEPHANIE BOWER. Aug 22, 2020. 10:30am-4:30pm

PERSPECTIVE SKETCHING 101
with STEPHANIE BOWER

1-DAY WORKSHOP: $120
Saturday, August 22, 2020
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
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Stephanie Bower is a Seattle-based architectural illustrator and globe-trotting Urban Sketcher. A popular teacher with a background as an architect, she has taught at six Urban Sketchers symposiums and conducts workshops and demos around the world. She has a knack for explaining complicated subjects in simple, familiar terms — concepts that are featured in her two best-selling books in The Urban Sketching Handbook series, Understanding Perspective and 101 Sketching Tips.

This workshop, Perspective 101 is targeted to beginning plein air sketchers and offers a full day of instruction in a classroom setting. Using an interactive PowerPoint presentation, Stephanie will de-mystify the concepts and process of perspective sketching on location, with a focus on drawing buildings and spaces. Where do you start a sketch? How do you shrink the vast view into your tiny sketchbook? And where is that darn vanishing point? After this workshop, you will no longer fear or fake perspective sketching, you’ll see perspective everywhere!


Website www.stephaniebower.com
NEW BLOG www.drawingperspectives.com
Instagram www.instagram.com/stephanieabower
Facebook www.facebook.com/stephanieabower.seattle
Online Classes www.mybluprint.com
Correspondent www.urbansketchers.org

The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective
Available now online and in stores
The Urban Sketching Handbook: 101 Sketching Tips
Release November 2019

FREE DEMO WORKSHOPS: Watercolor Painting with DAVID TAYLOR. Sep 12, 2020.

WATERCOLOR PAINTING
with DAVID TAYLOR
Our eyes see the magic. Our minds create it, and our hearts feel it.


FREE DEMO!
Saturday, September 12, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


WORKSHOP 1: $300
Atmosphere, Excitement & Colour

Tuesday-Wednesday
September 8-9, 2020

10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
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WORKSHOP 2: $300
A Jump Ahead in Watercolour

Thursday-Friday
September 10-11, 2020

10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
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Join internationally beloved and renowned watercolor artist David Taylor for one or both of his two workshops. His passion for teaching is equal to his passion for painting. His great desire is to infuse you, everyone, with his love of beauty and expressing that beauty through watercolor paintings.

David K Taylor, A.W.I, F.V.A.S, was born in Melbourne Australia in 1941. He currently Lives in Phillip Island Victoria Australia, and is recognised worldwide as an artist and teacher. David's began his artist career in etching with a 6-year apprenticeship at the North Melbourne Printing School of Graphic Arts, expanding into colour etching. This training and experience influenced his future career as an artist painter.

In 2019 David's articles were published in The Artist UK (where his art was featured on the front cover), and The Watercolor Artist in Ohio United States. He is a contributing author/artist for a new book on plein aire painting published in Russia. His work was exhibited in Albania's Masters Show 2019. And, he was a winner of the 2019 Camberwell Rotary Art Exhibition best work on Paper (Watercolour). 2019 was also a big year for fund raising. David's Joint Exhibition titled "A Brush With the Masters" at the Phillip Island Golf Club helped stabilize the finances of this club at a time of great need. Over $25,000 was raised. A very busy year. David travelled to China, the USA, Europe, and New Zealand in 2019. He feels privileged to continue painting and sharing his great love for the beautiful fluid medium of watercolour.
2020 continues at the same pace. Already David has worked on special subjects from recent trips to Tasmania, further abroad, and Kakadu. He continues his yearly work assisting the Cancer Council of Victoria.

David's painting career has spanned many years of study and teaching. The art of watercolour painting is one of his great loves as is teaching this medium to painters across Australia, and since the late 1960s, overseas and around the world. David is a regular tutor for both the Australian and International Artist magazines as well as many other world wide organizations.
Some of David's professional memberships:
* Fellow Member, Victorian Artist Society Australia (F.V.A.S)
* Honoury Life Member, Watercolor Society of Victoria Australia
* Member, Australian Watercolour Institute (A.W.I )
* Member, Twenty Melbourne Painters Society Inc.
* Australian Guild of Realist Artists (A.G.R.A.)
David's work is represented in Public and Private Collections in the Channel Islands, Newcastel on Tyne, England, the Australian Consulate in Switzerland, in national collections of China, and many regional collections.
Some of David's many major awards include:
* Victorian Artist of the Year Medallion 1976, 1980, 1989.
* Camberwell Rotary Silver medal 1976
* Camberwell overseas Study Grant Scholarship 1979
* Camberwell Rotary Silver Award 2007
* Camberwell Rotary Gold Medal 2011, 2013, 2015
* Silver Award Online International Watercolour Society Izmir Turkey 2015
* City of Victor Harbour Platinum Award 2018
* Camberwell Rotary best work on Paper 2019
In addtion, David's has received the Distinguished Leadership Award for Outstanding Services to Watercolor and Teaching, and has been honoured in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership and a awarded a Certificate of Merit for distinguished service to the community.
David Taylor has judged many National and International Exhibitions. He was also elected on a panel as Judge in Shanghai, and in the 2013 Shenzhen Biennial.
David's work is published in books throughout China and was featured on the cover of Inspirations and Technical Breakthroughs of The Masters, printed in China December 2017. His work is discussed in academic, professional and teaching publications throughout the world.
In 2016, David was awarded Honoury life Membership at the Watercolour Society of Victoria for his years of service to the Society and to the broader Art Community, locally, nationally and Internationally and for general promotion and Education of Watercolour Art.
Some representative publications include:
Several DVDs with APV films
* Solving the Mystery of Watercolor Color co-authored by Ron Ranson and David Taylor
* many special publications through the years for The Australian Watercolor Institute

David Taylor continues to hold the flag for the medium of watercolor and share his knowledge and love for this art. His passion remains strong for helping others to share and enjoy creative lives. Every year he makes an annual teaching tour across the world.
David's first solo exhibition in 1975 began a career of solo exhibitions and joint exhibitions that continues today around the world.

2-DAY WORKSHOP #1: Atmosphere, Excitement & Colour with Watercolour with DAVID TAYLOR. Sep 8-9, 2020. 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ATMOSPHERE, EXCITEMENT & COLOUR with WATERCOLOUR
with DAVID TAYLOR
Our eyes see the magic. Our minds create it, and our hearts feel it.


WORKSHOP 1: $300
Tuesday-Wednesday
September 8-9, 2020

10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
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WORKSHOP 2: $300
A Jump Ahead in Watercolour

Thursday-Friday
September 10-11, 2020

10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
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FREE DEMO!
Saturday, September 12, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Join internationally beloved and renowned watercolor artist David Taylor for one or both of his two workshops. His passion for teaching is equal to his passion for painting. His great desire is to infuse you, everyone, with his love of beauty and expressing that beauty through watercolor paintings.

This workshop will show what can be achieved with creating atmosphere in our paintings. Flowing wet washes, freedom of expression and exploring the dampness of the paper are the tools we will use to create distance for strong and subtle outcomes.

* The workshop will encourage a confident approach with exciting results at the finish.
* Individuality is encouraged, the workshop is the place for you to discover and enjoy colour using Daniel Smith Watercolours

We will discuss and work through at length:
* colour mixing on paper (a big priority!)
* Sept 8-9 we will cover atmosphere in seascapes and nature
* Students may bring Reference subject matter if they wish
* Please bring iPad, Android table, or smartphone to get the most out of your workshop experience
* Composition and drawing will be discussed
* student works will be reviewed during the workshop

The techniques learnt at this workshop will be a great help to those who love spontaneity, freedom, confidence, freshness, impact, colour, excitement and atmosphere. Expect to spontaneously take a happy jump at the finish.

Our eyes see the magic. Our minds create it, and our hearts feel it.

2-DAY WORKSHOP #2: A Jump Ahead in Watercolour with DAVID TAYLOR. Sep 10-11, 2020. 9:30am-4:30pm

A JUMP AHEAD in WATERCOULOUR
with DAVID TAYLOR
Our eyes see the magic. Our minds create it, and our hearts feel it.


WORKSHOP 2: $300
Thursday-Friday
September 10-11, 2020

10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
DOWNLOAD SUPPLY LIST


FREE DEMO!
Saturday, September 12, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


WORKSHOP 1: $300
Atmosphere, Excitement & Colour

Tuesday-Wednesday
September 8-9, 2020

10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
DOWNLOAD SUPPLY LIST


This 2-Day workshop will lead you further ahead with the beautiful medium of watercolour. Varying techniques and methods will be discussed and practiced in greater detail.

We will challenge ourselves using
* wet technique
* dry brush
* value and drawing skills with pencil and brush
* more attention to good colour mixes on paper
* the tonal impact colour mixes make on the finished outcome

Every artist who wants to take their expertise with watercolour a step further will gain a lot from this workshop. Our painting subjects will be reflections and water in the landscape, trees, hills, townscapes with buildings, and skyscapes.

Please bring reference images for any of these topics including your iPad, Android tablet, or smartphone.
All who attend will be assisted with help and advice and works reviewed in workshop. We will also discuss pen and wash.

This workshop will be a bonus to take your artistic skills one step further while enjoying the journey and looking forward to greater enjoyment in your future.


Join internationally beloved and renowned watercolor artist David Taylor for one or both of his two workshops. His passion for teaching is equal to his passion for painting. His great desire is to infuse you, everyone, with his love of beauty and expressing that beauty through watercolor paintings.