Plein Air Painting in Tuscany and Venice Italy with Joe Mac Kechnie, FREE Painting Demos, November 2nd, 2014

Plein Air Painting in Tuscany and Venice Italy with Joe Mac Kechnie
FREE Painting Demonstrations
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm - FREE!


· HEAR about my travels and workshops in Italy.
· SEE how I prepare for a trip.
· WATCH how I paint the colors of Tuscany.
· LEARN more about my 2015 workshops in Tuscany and Venice.

Joe will also be at:
DANIEL SMITH Seattle Store - FREE demos
Saturday, November 1, 2014
11am to 12pm and 1pm to 2pm

April 2015 - Tuscany and Venice Italy Workshops
with Joe Mac Kechnie
Italy is calling again!  In Tuscany, Joe Mac Kechnie will be your guide and master Pacific NW watercolorist Ron Stocke will be our special guest art instructor.  You can see Ron’s work at:
For the Venice workshop, Joe Mac Kechnie will be your instructor and guide. You can see Joe’s artwork
If you want to savor this once-in-a-lifetime experience, read on and then visit!
For the past 5 years, NW artist Joe Mac Kechnie has been teaching art workshops in Italy.  He has recently expanded this venture into a total cultural and art experience.  These art excursions to different countries will not only include art instruction, but will also include the total emersion into the culture of the countries being visit.  Enjoying the cuisine, wines, music, local art history, small towns, churches, countryside vistas, shopping and the people of the countries will all be part of the total adventure. 
In April of 2015, two workshops in Italy are now being offered;
one in Tuscany and one in Venice, Italy:
Workshop 1: Finding your art spirit in Tuscany Italy with NW Watercolorist Ron Stocke
When: March 29 to April 7, 2015
Where: Le Casacce Plantation and Vineyard near Seggiano Italy
How to find out more:
More about the artist:

Workshop 2: Finding your art spirit in Venice Italy with NW Artist Joe Mac Kechnie
When: April 12 to April 21, 2015
Where: Downtown Venice, Italy near the Grand Canal
How to find out more:
More about the artist:

Liquitex Acrylic with Christine Hanlon, Sponsored by Liquitex, FREE Demos, October 26th, 2014

"Going Under the Gate"Christine Hanlon

Liquitex Acrylic with Christine Hanlon, Sponsored by Liquitex
Sunday,October 26th, 2014
1pm to 3pm - FREE!
Please call to sign up for this FREE demonstration
Bellevue: 425-643-1781

When it comes to acrylics, Liquitex started it all in 1955. In this demonstration attendees will be introduced to the acrylic brand that has been on the forefront of innovation for over 55 years. As the #1 acrylic in the world Liquitex is the only brand to offer the most diverse range of professional products including five unique ranges of professional acrylic colors, innovative mediums, and a revolutionary range of painting tools to meet the needs of every artist. This demo is all about getting people excited about the endless possibilities of acrylic color and mediums so they can go right into the studio with tons of new ideas. Each attendee will receive a sample pack of Liquitex Artist Materials!

Christine Hanlon

Christine Hanlon is a working artist/ teacher with an extensive resume that includes juried museum, regional and gallery shows in the San Francisco Bay area, New York, Oregon and the Midwest.  Her preferred medium is oil but she has worked extensively in watercolor and acrylics. For the Fine Art Collective she has conducted educational seminars on paint and color for colleges and universities throughout Northern California since 1998 and the Pacific Northwest since 2004. She has also been part-time fine art faculty at the Academy of Art University since she received her MFA in Painting in 1997 and has taught online since 2007. After 30 years in No. California, she relocated to Oregon in 2012 where she continues to conduct seminars for Liquitex and Winsor&Newton.

One of her urban homeless paintings was included in the catalogued invitational traveling museum exhibition entitled “Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present” which concluded its 4 year tour at the Richmond Art Center in the fall of 2012.  Ms. Hanlon was part of an invitational 4 person show at the art center  in early 2014 entitled The Language of Realism, including oils and acrylic maritime works. Her painting entitled “Death of an Oil Tanker” received Best in Show at the Coos Art Museum’s 15th Annual Maritime Exhibition in Coos Bay, Oregon and her maritime work was featured on the cover and in an article for the winter 2010-2011 issue of Sea History magazine. She currently lives in Bandon, Oregon and continues to work on maritime/industrial work. Her paintings, resume and current exhibitions may be seen online at


Jazz Up Your Watercolors with Theresa Gosling and Cindy Briggs, FREE Demos September 25th, 2014

Jazz Up Your Watercolors!
With Theresa Gosling and Cindy Briggs
Thursday, September 25th, 2014
2pm & 5:30pm, - FREE 1 hour demos  
Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs share how to infuse captivating color into your watercolor paintings. In each unique demonstration they will share how their rich Daniel Smith palette of select watercolors can transform your paintings from transparent to opaque watercolors, or vice versa while creating compelling color statements. Discover how you can simplify your subject for a strong graphic design, make rich darks and inviting neutrals for enticing color combinations and transitions, and, add inviting textures and luminescent light to your paintings. 

Cindy and Theresa will be doing the same demos at Seattle on October 5th, 12pm & 2pm!
Whether in the studio or en plein air, the owners of Make Every Day A Painting Workshops share their passion for water-media and travel with their students by organizing tours, regionally and internationally. Their students comment that when you attend one of their workshops, you experience a uniquely tandem approach to teaching; come away uplifted, ready to paint, anywhere, anytime, and expand your creative horizons.
Join Theresa and Cindy for a
"Jazz Up Your Watercolors" Workshop
on October 6th at the Bellevue Store,
please click HERE for details!

Jazz Up Your Watercolors! Workshop with Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling, October 6th, 2014

Jazz Up Your Watercolors! 
Workshop with Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling
Cancelled: Monday, October 6th, 2014
Bellevue DANIEL SMITH Store
10:30am to 3:30pm
$85 for the 5 hour Workshop
Please call the store to register at: 425-643-1781
Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs focus on how to simplify a subject for a strong graphic design and then work with you to help you make a compelling color statement add inviting textures and add luminescent light to your paintings. Paint big, small or in your travel journal as you focus on captivating color.  Great for all levels – our two instructors can help you build color confidence and advance your artistic vision. 
Whether in the studio or en plein air, the owners of Make Every Day A Painting Workshops share their passion for water-media and travel with their students by organizing tours, regionally and internationally. Their students comment that when you attend one of their workshops, you experience a uniquely tandem approach to teaching; come away uplifted, ready to paint, anywhere, anytime, and expand your creative horizons.

Free GOLDEN LECTURE: Innovations in Acrylic with Barbara De Pirro, October 5th, 2014

GOLDEN High Flow Acrylics

GOLDEN LECTURE: Innovations in Acrylic with Barbara De Pirro
Sunday, October 5th, 2014
1:00pm to 3:30pm - FREE!
Space is limited, please call to reserve your space at: 425-643-1781
Discover the infinite & brilliant versatility of acrylics!
Barbara De Pirro will sift through a mountain of valuable information, guiding you through the basics, while opening up new possibilities. Get a grasp on the many gels, mediums, grounds and how they can change the texture, saturation and intensity of your work. Gain an understanding of how to extend the wet time of acrylics, facilitating blending, shading, glazing and fine detail. Check out the amazing selection of grounds to prepare truly, contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing, pastel, digital printing and mixed media. Discover how acrylics can simulate oil and watercolor, encaustic, even gouache, yet are infinitely more versatile. Whatever your approach as an artist, this lecture will offer the technical knowledge to support your concepts.
FREE literature and samples, product test table, plus…
get your questions answered! Pre-registration is required.

How to Use Your Store Bought Color Wheel and Color Mixing with Lin La Mer, FREE Lectures on September 20th, 2014

FREE Lectures: How to Use Your Store Bought Color Wheel and Color Mixing with Lin La Mer
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
11:00-12:00 and 1:00 – 2:00

Have you ever wondered why you bought that color wheel or how to use it? Well, that color wheel is one of the most useful tools in your paint box. You can choose a color scheme for your next painting series, learn which colors to mix and make sure you get the results you want. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Join Lin at DANIEL SMITH for a free introduction to Color Mixing.

Color Mixing Chart in process

Lin will follow this FREE Lecture with five classes of hands-on color mixing.
Please contact Lin directly to register and for details:

Date                        BELLEVUE                                   Topic
Sat. Sept. 20th            11:00-12:00 and 1:00-2:00            Demo / Lecture (this is free)
Sat. Oct. 11th             12:00-2:00                                      Class 1
Sat. Oct. 25th             12:00-2:00                                      Class 2
Sat. Nov. 1st               12:00-2:00                                     Class 3
Sat. Nov .15th             12:00-2:00                                     Class 4
Sat. Nov. 29                12:00-2:00                                     Class 5
Classes will be $30 per person per class - the lectures on Sept. 20th are FREE.

Lin will also be at Seattle on Sunday, September 7th for the FREE Lectures and other dates for her Color Mixing Classes, please click HERE for details for Seattle.

"Sunrise Mt Rainier", oil by Lin La Mer

"Sunset 1", oil by Lin La Mer

Field Sketching with Ink and Watercolor with Maria Coryell-Martin, FREE Demos July 20th, 2014

Field Sketching with Ink and Watercolor with 
Maria Coryell-Martin 
Sunday, July 20th, 2014 
12:00 - 1:00 and 2:00 - 3:00
Free Demonstrations!

Join Expeditionary Artist Maria Coryell-Martin as she demonstrates and lectures on the fundamental tools for travel and field sketching with ink and watercolor. Maria will share her favorite techniques and tips for creating fast and expressive sketches, using lightweight, compact materials. Get inspired to sketch and paint your summer adventures! 

Supplies Maria plans to use: 
  • DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors 
    • Hansa Yellow Medium, 
    • Pyroll Red, 
    • Quinacridone Rose, 
    • Phthalo Blue Red Shade, 
    • Indanthrone Blue, 
    • Phthalo Blue Green Shade, 
    • Quinacridone Gold. 
  • Winsor & Newton Zinc White Gouache 
  • Niji Waterbrushes 
  • Walnut Ink 
  • Pentel Pocket Brush Pen 
  • Rapidograph 0.35 Technical Pen 
  • Pigma Micron Pen 
  • Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks 
  • Canson Mi-Teintes paper 
  • Arches Cover 
  • Lenox Paper
  • Arches Paper

  • Water-Soluble Oils with Ann Elizabeth Scott, FREE Demos June 1st, 2014

    Exploring Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oils
    Ann Elizabeth Scott
    Sunday, June 1, 2014
    12-1:00  and  2-3:00
    FREE Demonstration

    Come join Ann Elizabeth Scott as she describes and demonstrates working with Daniel Smith's line of Water Soluble Oils.  See for yourself how they compare to traditional oils.

    Watercolor Painting, Learning from the Masters Series: Focus on Artist Carl Purcell with Ann Breckon, 2-Day Workshop May 25th & 26th, 2014

    Watercolor Painting Workshop with Ann Breckon
    Learning from the Masters Series:  Focus on Artist Carl Purcell
    Sunday, May 25th & Monday May 26th, 2014
    11:30am to 4:30pm,
    2-Day Workshop, $150
    Please call the Bellevue Store to register at: 425-643-1781

    Artist Carl Purcell, author of "Painting with your Artist's Brain" has a book filled with great advice on how to see with an artist's eye, using shape, value, color and space to create paintings above and beyond the normal. Ann will be demonstrating the difference awareness of these concepts makes while painting landscapes. For the accompanying workshop on May 25-26 students will be guided in carefully reproducing this beautiful painting from Purcell's book.

    Please note, this was published by mistake on the DANIEL SMITH Seattle Blog, we are very sorry for any confusion.

    The Dynamically Lit Pastel Portrait with Brandi York, FREE demos May 21st, 2014

    The Dynamically Lit Pastel Portrait with Brandi York
    Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
    11am & 1:30pm - FREE demos
    Pastel is a vibrant medium that can also be rather intimidating!  Join Brandi York as she takes you through the steps of a dynamically lit pastel portrait, from laying the foundation to application of strokes to finish out the piece, what sorts of papers to use, and how to create your own surface.  She'll be discussing what causes pastel pieces to "turn to mud" and how to avoid it, as well as use of a variety of pastels and their attributes, including Rembrandt, NuPastel, & Sennelier.