Registration OPEN for “Spring Watercolors” with Fred Lisaius



I’m delighted to announce a new teacher in our lineup, Seattle artist Fred Lisaius!


Painting should be fun. Relax and enjoy step-by-step instruction on how to begin, create and finish a watercolor painting! Pour yourself a cup of tea, put some Vivaldi on in the background and let’s get painting!



Lesson #1: Beaded Washes
Lesson #2: Glazing and Wet-on Wet
Lesson #3:  Painting a Magnolia Flower from Photo
Lesson #4: Painting a Daffodil from Life
Lesson #5: Inventing a Spring Bird
Lesson #6: Sky with Tree


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This 6-Lesson online class runs over a two-week period starting May 19th. $85. Click HERE for more information and to sign up!


I’ve had plenty of them the past few days!

Many of you have experienced problems accessing my online classes. This is due to Typepad being down much of the last four days. I am SO SORRY for this hassle… please email me if you are trying to access a particular lesson or class and I will email you links to the videos and/or PDFs…

I would love to tell you about all the others (woes), but that would place me solidly in the Complaining-About-Trifles Camp, which might make me feel good for one second, but then I would feel worse. ;)

Here are some really GOOD things, though!

1. Tomorrow I am opening registration for a new watercolor class by Seattle artist Fred Lisaius. Just look at one of his wonderful paintings!

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“Just Before I Fall Asleep” • Acrylic on board by Fred Lisaius

Steve and I met Fred a few months ago and what a delightful human he is! The above is an acrylic painting, which he will teach later in the year, but his watercolors are just as lovely.

2. Steve and I get to go to China! We are headed over the first two weeks of May to teach at an international school in Beijing. I love to travel and I haven’t been able to get away for awhile, so we are really looking forward to this “work vacation.”

3. Our son Wes got a role in the St. John’s College production of “King Lear,” which will be performed this coming weekend. We are going to Maryland to see Wes play Edgar, the “good” son, because how often does your kid win a lead role in a Shakespeare play?

4. Here are photos of my two grandchildren painting recently! I am so blessed to live close to these cutie pies:


photo 3

I hope you have a wonderful week!

photo 1


Finding Old Stuff

One fun thing about moving house is that you run across all kinds of things you had forgotten about. Here are three experiments/drawings that I did about four years ago I think.

This turtle was drawn from life at the Woodland Park Zoo here in Seattle while taking a class from Barbara Fulgate.

Another day’s experiment… ;)

A reminder that the DRAW! 21-Day class begins today! Join me if you can!

Registration Now Open for Encaustics Class!


12 Lessons Total • $125
   Session 1: April 28 – May 2, 2014
   Session 2: May 19-23, 2014
   Session 3: June 9-13, 2014
   Session 4: June 30 – July 4, 2014

Encaustic painting is using melted and pigmented beeswax to create exciting, luminous paintings. If you have ever been curious about encaustics, you’re in for a treat! This 12-lesson online workshop covers a brief history of this ancient medium, what equipment is needed, setting up your work space, mixing colors, adding other media like paper and thread, safety… everything you need to know to start making your own encaustic paintings.

Olivia I — 36″x36″

April — 8″x8″

Class Itinerary

Session 1: April 28 – May 2, 2014
   Monday: Set-up and Safety
   Wednesday: Brief History and Fusing Clear Wax
   Friday: Adding One Color

Session 2: May 19-23, 2014
   Monday: Working with Opaque Colors
   Wednesday: Working with Transparent Colors
   Friday: Mixing Colors

Session 3: June 9-13, 2014
   Monday: Burnishing Tissue Paper
   Wednesday: Japanese Paper with Drawings
   Friday: Charcoal Transfer

Session 4: June 30 – July 4, 2014
   Monday: Carving and Inlaying Line
   Wednesday: Thread and Linen Paper
   Friday: Finishing/Polishing your Paintings

Petalous 3 — 28″x28″

How the Class Works
On Monday-Wednesday-Friday of each session you will receive an email reminding you to visit the class blog for your new assignment and video lesson. Videos are professionally produced and instructor feedback will be given via a private facebook page (or via email with Stephanie, if you prefer). If you need to miss a week, don’t worry! The class material will be up and available to you for one year from the date of purchase.



Also, Stephanie is offering her hand-mixed beeswax for sale. Cool! See details HERE.


Chaos Reigns

The studio is chaotic at the moment… CDs mixed with power cords and art and art supplies…

I think this elephant is definitely afraid of that mouse!

But experiments in the studio must go on!

A detail of the above; PanPastel + acrylic paints.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Registration Now Open for “DRAW!” Workshop



Our cat Natalie, on her first night at the new apartment.

I love to draw! To me, drawing is really fun! But that doesn’t always mean it’s always easy or smooth… in fact, it’s the challenge to create a drawing that is both simple and detailed enough to communicate an emotion that drives me to keep drawing!

I am re-running my 21-day “DRAW!” online class beginning April 14, 2014.

I really love this class. We begin with wrong-handed drawings and end up drawing from the human figure! If you have ever said to yourself, “I can’t draw,” I think you will find during this class that this is simply not true! ;)
21 Days • 21 Demonstration Videos • 21 Assignments

Next “live” session begins April 14, 2014.

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Whether you draw realistically, stylistically, or hardly at all, this 21-day workshop will give you the motivation, direction, and inspiration to get your pencil moving.

Drawing is fundamentally a language of creativity that we speak naturally as children, and often lose touch with as adults. I believe that anyone can benefit from drawing and that simply making marks on paper is in itself freeing and invigorating.

For a sample lesson, CLICK HERE.

For more information about this class and to sign up, CLICK HERE!



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“Carla helps her students release their inner critic, and what emerges is a whimsy and freedom that makes for truly original artwork. Each of us discover in her classes that we really are artists, and that our visual style is uniquely our own.” — Adrienne

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Abstract Attempts


Abstract I


Abstract II 

A few days without making something made me grouchy, so I took a little time this afternoon to try another of Karine’s exercises; abstract watercolors. It was super difficult for me, but wonderful to be challenged in this way.

Out of 16 little studies, these are the only two I liked.

I learned a few things about myself:

1. I don’t like my brushstrokes to “show.”
2. I prefer organic shapes to geometric.
3. I need to paint more. Every day. All the time.
4. I suck. ;)

Regarding #4, don’t worry! I don’t REALLY think I suck, and yet I really DO think I suck. Get it? :D

It’s just that human thing.

In other news… we’re living in Downtown Seattle now!


Taken on my walk this morning; sculpture across from the Seattle Aquarium.



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