Process and play in the studio :)

Lynn Whipple painting!! Lynn posted this on her blog today… fun to see her process!

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Making layers! It’s amazing how a painting goes through twists and turns… are a few images of the process. Do you ever fall in love with an early layer and get frozen? Me too, but I push forward. The best part is getting lost in the moment :)

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loosey goosey layer….

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loud music please…..


more layerS!!!!!

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both hands!




I am thinking it’s getting close to done!! Wheeeeeeeee!!!

Have a great day!

If you are interested in doing some Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting with me, check out my newest online class starting February 23!

Many thanks!



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Celebrate Trees with Diane Culhane


Hi everyone!

I hope you are having a great weekend, doing just a little of something you love in the middle of things you MUST attend to. ;)

I wanted to post a reminder that Diane Culhane’s newest class, “For the Love of a Tree,” begins this coming Tuesday (February 9th)! If you love Diane, love her work, or love trees, you will, well, love this class!


This is a two week class that consists of drawing, collage, and painting exercises, as well as completing two small and one larger painting.

Here’s the class video again, and click HERE for more information and to sign up!

Registration Open for Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting! with Lynn Whipple


Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting!
A 5-Week Course with Lynn Whipple
10 Lessons • $165

Class Dates: February 23 – March 24, 2016


Paint Big! Paint Vibrantly! Paint Loose! Paint Blooms!

Are you ready to work large and loose with lots freedom and color?? I am thrilled to share with you a playful, layered approach to painting and drawing that embraces your wild side!

Using acrylic paint, charcoal and colorful chalk pastel, I will walk you through exercises, methods and techniques that will allow you to push your work towards abstraction. We will explore together a fresh, painterly interpretation of a traditional subject matter… FLOWERS!

For more information and to sign up, CLICK HERE!








Lynn Whipple: “Where Women Create” Giveaway


Hello! Lynn Whipple was in Seattle this past week filming her upcoming class (which will open for registration tonight!). Steve says it’s “the best Lynn Whipple class ever,” so get ready!! ;)

Lynn shared the Winter 2016 issue of Where Women Create, where she was featured! Congratulations, Lynn!





We are giving away three copies of this issue of “Where Women Create!” Just comment here by noon on Wednesday, February 3rd, and I will pick the winners randomly. International entries welcome.

(And please stay tuned for Lynn’s next new class details!!)

B is for Blue



The beginning of the year is always so busy as the year-long class gets the kinks worked out. But most of the signups have now come in, and I have two lessons under my belt, so just today I’m feeling I can begin to slow down/catch up!


These images are “distorted Master copies” of some of Picasso’s Blue Period paintings (“B” is for Blue).


I haven’t had much time to paint outside of the assignments, so instead I’m sharing these!


The paintings copied are: “Woman with the Plumed Hair,” “Girl in a Chemise,”Woman with her Hair in a Small Bun (2),” and “Melancholy Woman.”


I hope you have a wonderful weekend and week ahead.


Registration Open for a NEW Class with Diane Culhane

For the Love of a Tree
Instructor: Diane Culhane
Drawing, Painting, Mixed-Media • $85 

Class Dates: February 9-19, 2016
For more details and to sign up, CLICK HERE!


“For the Love of a Tree” is dedicated to celebrating the glory of a tree; the beauty and the magnificence of the blessings they bestow — from oxygen, shelter, shade, nutritious food, and a home to many creatures.

Trees are a source of design and composition for the artist: leaves, seeds, branches, to fruits, nuts, etc. . . .  Trees give us a bountiful visual vocabulary from which to create paintings. It’s a set up for success.

We will begin by exploring — Seeing- Looking – Feeling – and just being in the presence of trees.

From there we will begin addressing forms with line, color and value, with value being the most important component; pushing and pulling color. Exercises are guides to develop skill for the next steps in creating a 18”x18” or 20”x 20” completed painting. We will also have conversations about problem solving and how to face the struggles we all encounter as artists.

As a tree reach and stretches for the sunlight, reach into your open blue sky of creativity . . .

Learn, Grow, Explore
Nurture your Art & Your Life.

Sign up today !

Much Love to you all,
Diane Culhane




Class Itinerary:

Lesson 1
Looking and synthesizing forms through drawing and creating inventive shapes.

Lesson 2
Begin work on our large painting. Cover large cradle board, layering with color and line.

Lesson 3
Use collage to explore a variety of forms, concentrating on size and value contrast, then translating these discoveries into small practice paintings on paper.

Lesson 4
Work with value: practice pushing and pulling space using warm and cool colors and compliments by painting on small cradle boards and then taking these concepts to our larger painting.

Lesson 5
Focus on our larger painting: add layers of paint, building volume, troubleshooting.

Lesson 6
Add details; from blurry into focus; finding the sweet spot, and how we finish.


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For more details and to sign up, CLICK HERE!

A is for Animals


Acrylic and watercolor on paper… inspired by all of the ANIMALS I’m seeing this week at the Yellow class!

I really love Mondays. It’s the beginning of the work week… so full of possibilities! Also, I try to keep Mondays free of appointments or meetings or “shoulds”… just a whole, clear day to move quickly or slowly, whatever that Monday needs.

Happy Monday to you!


It’s All About Yellow


Hello everyone!

This is the week that “Y is for Yellow” launches… I’m a tad behind on emailing… if your request is urgent, please email me again and I will get back to you asap!

The above drawing was based on a childhood photograph. Can you guess which one is me?

I read this yesterday:

“I try to push ideas away, and the ones that will not leave me alone are the ones that end up happening.” — J.J. Abrams

One of the projects I’m going to try to complete this year is a sort of “visual story” based on photos and memories of my childhood… it’s super scary! But the idea has been “hanging around” for long enough that I hope to attend to it this year.

That’s it for now. Have a wonderful day!

P.S. The class codes for “Y is for Yellow” were sent out yesterday. If you have signed up for the class and didn’t receive it, email me! If you can, please include your receipt number so I can search more easily. Thank you!




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