Sentinel Flats - by Mike Bailey - Watercolor

If you are looking for someone to help you with design, I have a couple of great names: Mike Bailey and Jane Hofstetter. Back in March, I took “Watercolor - Beyond the Obvious” from Mike and learned so much that I was dreaming about painting all night long. It was great! I’m still jazzed.

A couple of months later, I got to watch Jane Hofstetter, the author of “7 Keys to Great Paintings” demonstrate. Wow. Did she live up to the hype! About halfway through the waterfall, what she was saying and doing combined with what Mike had said, and I swear I could actually feel things go “click”! I am seeing paintings, mine and others’, in a totally different way. Shapes instead of things, light and dark pathways, focal areas instead of focal points. This is beyond jazzed.

Now we’ll see what I do with it.

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  • Mon, 22 October 2018

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    Because You Are Watching.

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