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The Intensives that Were, 2017

2017 was a year that began in disarray. Personal upheavals seemed to parallel the political ones. I had scheduled four Intensives for the first four months of the year – and suddenly, plans were changing nearly as fast as the US political rhetoric. Five people suddenly canceled

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Jan Hart Watercolor Videos – From the Jungle

“Jan, do you have a watercolor video?”  It is a question I’ve been asked repeatedly for a long time. My reply has been ‘perhaps some day’. There just never seemed to be an opportunity while I lived in the US, and the possibilities seemed even more remote

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Are You Planning to Buy Any of the New Paints?

A Facebook post from Daniel Smith Watercolor Paints caught my eye. Introducing 8 NEW Watercolors! New paints? Exciting news for artists – and the link offered even more enticing names and expressive descriptions. Having been a long time customer and supporter of Daniel Smith I was interested.

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The One Hour Watercolor Sketch with a Beer

Completing a watercolor sketch with a beer, in an hour may just be a way to wake up a dozing Muse or enliven a painting spirit! As a watercolor artist who has been painting and teaching for over thirty five years, I will admit to knowing quite

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On Painting White, Light and…Night

How does an artist choose a subject to paint? Often I find that it is the subject that chooses the artist. Suddenly it just appears! A part of the artist’s brain is alerted through the eyes – to investigate and the brain does what it does best

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A Case Moth Visit

I almost stepped on it, thinking it was a dried leaf. Glancing down I noticed small bits of green that seemed to be attached to whatever it was. Measuring about four inches long, conical in shape with several green short stems attached to one end of the

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And a Hearing Aid Appeared!

Finally, after getting no answer at the security gate in front of Clinica Dinamarca, I called on my cell phone. A petite Tica (Costa Rican woman) emerged from a building at the end of the block and waved me towards her. As is often the case here

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An Unexpected Healing

It seemed like a convergence of just one too many difficult events – each one vying for my attention and time. Set against the backdrop of the angry fervor of US Presidential Primary season it seemed almost like an extension of the fear and panic energy. My

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A Beer and A Sketch

Some Good Work on Bad Paper   Taking the watercolor sketch to new highs by plunging expectations to new lows may be the key! And I’m finding that my watercolor sketching excitement has been given a good nudge in the process. I’m calling this most recent adventure

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Watercolor Pigments: Which to Keep and Which to Throw Out…

  One of the biggest frustrations as a watercolor artist is how to select from the hundreds of pigments! We have so many to choose from – and from some impressive manufacturers, world wide. So how does a watercolor artist decide which paint is the best to

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