Oil Painting Workshop in South Carolina

I was going to blog all about the fabulous oil painting workshop in Kiawah Island in South Carolina that I attended but just read our teacher’s blog.. He really spelled out the week.  I learned so much. Since I am primarily an acrylic painter but now will be expanding to oils.  Here is his link:

My Kiawah 4-day Oil Painting Workshop Experience

Here are the final oil paintings that I created during the week:

One Fish 20×16″  I loved the creaminess and richness in color of the oil paint.

One Fish 20x16

Plantation Path  20×16″  This was the second oil painting I did trying to apply what I learned from our teacher about the warm and cool shadows. I kept it gestural rather than realism.

Plantation Path 20x16

“Salt Marsh Sunset”  24×24″ canvas  This one started as an underpainting but I really liked the energy and did not want to take away from the abstractness of the scene. Another tip I learned was that if you want very bright colors, do not use white to lighten. White will lighten a color but change it to a cooler pastel. This painting only used pure color.

Salt Marsh Sunset 24x24

Sunflower Bouquet  24×24″ canvas. There was a container with sunflowers in the dining room that I borrowed to paint this still life. The paint is rather thick and gooey. STill wet a week later!

Sunflower Bouquet 24x24

Three Palms at Sunset   24×24″ canvas. This one also has thick paint with no whites.

Three Palms at SUnset 24x24



Watercolor Workshop in South Carolina

A week ago I returned from a glorious workshop in Kiawah Island in South Carolina. Not only was it absolutely gorgeous staying in a historic plantation home (the Vanderhorst Plantation rebuilt after the Revolutionary War in1802), the 13 women artists made every day warm and happy. Our teacher was Robbie Laird from California who happens to be the President of the prestigious National Watercolor Society. She was such a great teacher and as this was my first time learning about watercolors, she taught techniques that were quite advanced…which I prefer. Some days we tried new effects with hands on guidance. Many of my attempts were fails but I did have a couple paintings that I am proud of. My son came in from California the day I returned so I have not had a chance all week to practice what I learned. However, I took notes and also shot a few videos while Robbie was lecturing.

Classes started at 9:30 am and ended around 4 or 4:30.  Then we enjoyed the comraderie of fellow artists and ate delicious southern foods prepared by Donna Kay from Charelston.


The 4 story manor was so beautiful. It was restored from a haunted house in 1994 by the Darby family. Antiques and lovely southern charm decor graced the home.


Here are some of my watercolors:

Suwannee River Reflectionwc paintings