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Conversation. Ready or Not? Showing your work. Cheryl R Long

Sunday, August 13: Free Presentation / Conversation
Preparing to Show your Work: Ready or Not? 
with Cheryl Renee Long

In Cheryl's Words: 
To Show or Not to Show,
 Irrational and Rational fear of exhibiting your art

Over the years I have taught watercolor to many students. No matter how good they get, some of them would prefer to face a rattlesnake than show their art. Then there are people who frame their first painting and cannot wait to get it out there in public view. It takes all kinds and this talk is to help you sort it out. Maybe you are somewhere in between. In this 1-1/2 hour interactive talk we will discuss:

Irrational and rational fear of showing.
Am I ready to show my art?
Where should I start (it probably isn't at a gallery.)
Options where to show you might not have considered. 
Should I donate my art at an auction?
How do I know if I am good enough (don't ask your mother)
How can I frame my art affordably?
How should I price my art?
Should I enter a juried show?
What are the judges looking for?

We will talk about all of this and much more. Bring your questions. 
Contact Cheryl with inquires about this subject and her classes at

see my art at

Watercolor Demo. Ann Breckon. Puppies & Pals

Saturday, August 12: Free Watercolor Demonstration
Painting Puppies and Pals
with Ann Breckon
This demonstration will focus on painting the fur, eyes, mouths, tongues, ears and character of dogs.  Everything from how to create an accurate sketch to how to make the eyes sparkle and the tongue look wet will be included.  

So many textures, and such a variety of approaches!  Ann will help you get started.

Cardmaking Workshop. Business of Art. Ray Pfortner.

Sunday, August 6: Business of Art Workshop: $40
Making Greeting Cards from your art, and 
with Ray Pfortner
One of the best ways to test the marketplace with your art is to make greeting cards. The investment of time and money is small, and the product is very salable in many different venues. And cards are one of the best promotional tools out there.  Learn how to start making cards for under $75 and make sample cards with your own art you can then show to potential selling partners or sell yourself. Explore how to price your cards and how to find, approach and work with selling partners.  Bring 10 photographic prints of your art, 5x7 inches, 4x6 inches or smaller in pearl or luster finish.  We will provide everything else you need to make your own cards.   For all visual artists, 2d and 3d, working in all mediums from acrylic to graphite, watercolor to photography, pastel to ceramics, oil to jewelry.

Please call 425-643-1781 to register.

Watercolor Mini Class Chihiro Yabe. Strawberries.

Saturday, August 5: Watercolor Mini-Class: $10 supply fee
Sweet Little Strawberries, a watercolor project class
with Chihiro Yabe
Daniel Smith provides the paint, paper, and brushes, Chihiro Yabe provides the guidance and instruction as you create a sweet little watercolor suitable for framing and display. 
The planned painting will be similar to the photograph displayed, but may vary. 
Space is limited. Please contact the store to register and save your seat. 425.643.1781

Daniel Smith will provide basic supplies, but attendees may bring their own brushes etc if they wish

Christmas in July Gelli Print Demo Nan Robkin July 30

Sunday, July 30: Free Hands-On Demo: Gelli Prints
Christmas in July

With Nan Robkin 

Learn to use Gelli Plates with ink or paint to create gifts, cards, tags, and holiday decor.

Use the plates with paints or inks to create designs that can be printed onto papers and cards.  Create interesting textures and effects using bubble wrap, stencils, masks, and "found objects" - even rubber bands can contribute to making art!

Registration required.  Space and supplies are limited. 425.643.1781

GOLD MAGIC: Portraits on DS Gold Watercolor Ground July 29 Molly Murrah

Saturday, July 29, 2017: Free Watercolor Demo
GOLD MAGIC: Portraits on Daniel Smith's Gold Watercolor Ground
With Molly Murrah

GOLD MAGIC! Portraits on Iridescent Gold Watercolor Ground

Molly Murrah’s first love is painting portraits and she loves to share her process with others. Recently she has painted portraits on Daniel Smith’s iridescent gold watercolor ground. It was so much fun, she wants to share what she has learned with you!

In this demonstration, learn how to use iridescent gold as a background for your painting, a value in your composition and color in your subject, all to create a painterly, unique portrait. Such fun!

MiniClass Christmas in July Watercolor Card making July 23

Sunday, July 23, 2017: Watercolor Mini Class $10 supply fee
Christmas in July 
With Cindy Valdez   
We will supply the paint, the lineart, and the blank cards for you to create up to 3 different holiday cards with guidance from Cindy.  

Handmade cards are treasures at any time of  year. Get a head start with some ideas in this demonstration. Simple lineart, fun colors, plus time = excited card recipients!   Make someone happy, make someone a card!

Registration required. Call the store at 425.643.1781 to save your spot.

Printmaking Hands On Demo Linocuts. Hannah Winters. July 22,2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017: Free Hands-On Demo: Linocuts
Christmas in July
With Hannah Winters
Hands-On Fun with Hannah as you learn how to carve designs into linoleum to print your own holiday cards (or any occassion cards).

We will provide cutting tools, inks, and small pieces of linoleum as well as some cards and paper. 

Registration required, space and supplies are limited. Call the store at 425.643.1781 to save your spot.

Drawing Workshop. Amanda Sweet. July 2017

Saturday, July 8. 2017: Drawing Workshop $80
An Introduction to Perceptual Drawing
With Amanda Sweet      
The course will cover fundamental drawing concepts and approaches such as contour, measurement, proportion, composition, space, and gesture. The goal of the course is to practice seeing as opposed to preformed ideas of what you think you know. A list of drawing vocabulary will be provided, along with a general drawing survey to be presented via slide lecture. Students will construct several preliminary drawing studies, and one further developed drawing over a two-hour span. Please contact store to register 425.643.1781

Watercolor Demo. Cindy Valdez. Daniel Smith Watercolor Paints. July 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017: Free Demonstration / Presentation
Introduction to Daniel Smith Watercolor
With Cindy Valdez          
 Cindy will discuss Daniel Smith Watercolors and touch on topics such as transparency, staining, and granulation.
We will talk about Daniel Smith’s Primatek line, as well as our Luminescent paints and our Watercolor Sticks.
A “try it” table will be available for hands on experience at the end of the discussion.

Chihiro Yabe watercolor workshop. July 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017: Watercolor Workshop $100
Food for Your Kitchen Walls
with Chihiro Yabe
Instructor will work with students to create watercolor paintings of food suitable for display in your kitchen (or wherever else you want).
Space is limited. Please contact the store to register and save your seat.

Please call 425-643-1781 to register.

Nikki Frumkin demo and workshop June 2017

Saturday, June 17- Free Demonstration - Watercolor and Sketching
Pacific Northwest Landscapes
with Nikki Frumkin

Sunday, June 18- Watercolor Workshop $100
Pacific Northwest Landscapes
with Nikki Frumkin

Nikki Frumkin is a Swiss-American alpinist and artist living in Seattle, Washington. Her art is inspired by time spent hiking, climbing and mountaineering in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You can often find her in the mountains with her sketchbook and watercolors in hand. Sometimes she straps huge sheets of paper to the outside of her pack and other times she just sticks a pen and scrap of paper in her pocket. She captures energy, light, weather and movement in her paintings. Her work combines pattern, vibrant color, and energetic lines to build a sense of place. Nikki Frumkin’s paintings have been exhibited in shows across the country. She also does art and design work within the climbing and outdoor industry.

To register for her workshop, please contact the store: 425.643.1781 or

Getting to Know your paints with Re St Peter

Free demo Saturday, June 10, Noon - 1:30
at the Bellevue Daniel Smith store.
Getting to know your (watercolor) paints!
With Re St Peter
Do you feel like you struggle to consistently get the color or effect you're after? Re will share tips & exercises that will help you better understand the personalities of your pigments and how well (or not) they play together.
This free demo replaces the workshop that was previously scheduled.

Free Demonstrations: Watercolor Travel Paintings and Sketches with Cheryl Renee Long

Sunday, June 4- Free Demonstration - Watercolors 
Travel Paintings and Sketches
with Cheryl Renee Long
Get some guidance on how to capture the moment when travelling from Cheryl, who will have recently returned from a trip to the American Southwest.  

Learn easy techniques to make wonderful travel paintings and sketches 
Bring home the memories that you love the best.
Cheryl will give you a list of essentials for your travel art kit. 

Every trip is a trip of a lifetime - this isn't the moment to leave your favorite

colors at home! 

Free Demonstration: Contemporary Russian Impressionism in Oils with Henry Stinson. June 2017

Saturday, June 3- Free Demonstration - Oils
Contemporary Russian Impressionism
with Henry Stinson

We're pleased to welcome our friend, Henry Stinson, back to our store for a demonstration of his approach to painting in oils.  
This event will give you a great opportunity to see the fundamentals of Russian impressionistic figure painting with a contemporary flare, from a highly respected artist and instructor. Henry will discuss the impressionistic approach to painting with the focus on color and relationships in developing a solid foundation for creating paintings.  No two Henry demos are ever alike, and we always learn something new when he stops in to visit.  Come see for yourself.

Watercolor and Collage. Free Demonstration with Kathy Collins May 27, 2017

Saturday, May 27 Free Demonstration - Watercolor Collage
with Kathy Collins

Kathy will demonstrate her process for watercolor and collage. Learn how to create dynamic new compositions by mixing collage techniques with watercolor paintings.
Kathy’s award-winning paintings have been featured in Watercolor Artist, American Artist, and The Artist’s Magazine publications, as well as the Splash - Best of Watercolor series. She is a Signature Member of the Northwest and Montana Watercolor Societies and Women Painters of Washington.

View her work  

Watercolors with Wendra. Demonstration and Workshop May 2017

Sunday, May 21- Free Demonstration - 
Watercolors with Wendra. Cultivating Creative Confidence
with Wendra Lynne
Wendra will show several fun and easy techniques that can be applied in cards and larger pieces that will help you go with the flow and enjoy the creative watercolor process.

Sunday, May 28- Workshop - Watercolors $50
Watercolors with Wendra. Cultivating Creative Confidence
with Wendra Lynne
This workshop gives participants the chance to explore the techniques Wendra demonstrated on May 21.  Have fun, relax, tap into your creativity. 

"While we may all not be full time painters or sculptures, we can all be more creative doctors, lawyers, sales people, parents etc. 
Creativity can help us reduces stress and allow us to live more joyful and productive lives.  

I have painted, drawn and taken photos all of my life.  I am a member of IATSE the Art Directors Guild for Screen and Television. 
I attended Art Center College of Design and I hold a BA in Art and Literature from Antioch Seattle. 
In my watercolor creativity workshops I call on my experience as a set designer and yoga instructor 
to set the scene for others to relax and unleash their creativity. 

I moved to Redmond just over year ago from Vashon Island.  I am truly enjoying all the art and diverse culture on the Eastside." 

"Watercolors with Wendra”  - Cultivating Creative Confidence.
Relax and enjoy unleashing your creativity.
Wendra guides us through fun and easy watercolor techniques in “Going with the Flow”.

Free Demonstration. Portraits in Oil with Hamid Zavareei

Sunday, May 14- Free Demonstration - Oils
Portraits in Oil
with Hamid Zavareei
Hamid Zavareei is a local artist and GAGE Academy of Art Instructor, Seattle, WA.  

“Oil paint is the richest, most versatile and flexible medium of all times. Discover the vast possibilities of this enduring classic medium by learning about oil paint, oil medium, sound painting surface, brushes, palette, solvents and basic principles of color mixing, paint consistency, various applications and concepts that have made the oil painting the most enduring and accepted painting medium ever invented. the demonstration will focus on color in objects, flesh tones and environment and how to deepen or heighten value through color.”
This is a great demo to come to if you are curious about oil painting, fairly new at oil painting or would like to see how another oil painter works, this is a good demo to come to - and it’s FREE! 

FREE DEMO: Acrylic Pouring with THOM WRIGHT. May 13, 2017. 12am-1:30pm


Sunday, May 13, 2017
12 pm - 1:30 pm
One session

Thom will show you some fun and clever acrylic pouring techniques. It will be lots of fun and full of ideas to energize your acrylic paintings!

Can’t draw? No problem. Creativity blocked? This can help.

Thom will do direct pours, pours with mediums, dirty pours, pours with inclusions, and pours on a variety of substrates.

Come Paint a Little with Cindy Valdez. April 23, 12-1:30. Luminescent watercolors

Sunday April 23-  Free Hands On Event
Come Paint a Little - today's theme A LITTLE SPARKLE, SHIMMER, & SHINE with Luminescent watercolors
with Cindy Valdez

See what happens when you infuse a little ZING into your watercolors with Daniel Smith Luminescent colors. 

This free get together will give you the opportunity to meet other watercolor enthusiasts and to try something different.  This isn't a structured art lesson, but is an opportunity to experiment, have fun, and make a mess that you don't have to clean up yourself!

Space and supplies are limited, so please call the store to register and save your seat.

INTERFERENCE COLORS are virtually colorless when applied to white paper, but when layered over a darker color refract light in tints of blue, copper, green and more. 

PEARLESCENT COLORS provide a constant pearly shimmer without the light shifting qualities of the Interference line. 

DUOCHROME COLORS appear to shift as the viewing angle changes.  Depending on the reflective light, color changes between two distinct shades. 

IRIDESCENT COLORS  are opaque with a pronounced shine.  The color is constant regardless of the viewing angle.

To save your seat, please call the store: 425.643.1781

Winsor Newton Special Event by Amanda Sweet May 20, 2017


Free Demonstration and information
12:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday, May 20

Winsor & Newton is synonymous with exceptional watercolour. Whether working in the studio or packing up a small travel kit to hit the road, Professional Water Colour offers a range of 96 unique colours as well as water colour sticks, water colour markers and a wide array of mediums to help artists alter and enhance the characteristics of their work.

Amanda will cover permanence, colour bias and colour mixing to help you get the most out this challenging and wonderful medium that is loved by amateurs and professionals alike. Each attendee will receive a sample pack of Professional Water Colour materials.

Please call 425-643-1781 to register and save your seat for this free special event. 

An Introduction to Watercolor Lettering with KellyKlapstein. June 25, 2017

An Introduction to Watercolor Lettering
with Kelly Klapstein

Sunday, June 25

If you love expressing yourself in color, then you will want to learn how easy it is to use watercolor as a hand lettering medium. No experience is necessary to learn the beautiful art form of lettering with watercolor. In this workshop, Kelly will teach you the techniques of drawing letters with watercolor in the form of brush calligraphy. Using her specially designed tracing worksheets, you will quickly learn the skills involved in painting the alphabet with a brush script and explore ways to develop your own personal style. 

Please contact the store to register: or (425)643-1781
  Supply list will be sent via email once registered

Kelly Klapstein, author of The Art of Brush Lettering (Dec 2017), is a hand lettering artist and educator who shares her love for calligraphy in her workshops around the world. She runs her own online business "Love Letters" on her website where she sells sets of tracing guide worksheets and blogs about lettering techniques that help people learn how to write with brush pens and watercolor. You can also find @kellycreates on Instagram where she posts numerous lettering videos that are enjoyed by 500K followers. Last Fall, Kelly was excited to launch a collection of rubber stamps she designed, which are popular among paper crafters, card makers and scrapbookers . Along with writing for Creative Scrapbooker magazine and enjoying all things that are DIY and handmade, Kelly is a Tombow Senior Brand Ambassador, and offers a peaceful, mindful 

Workshop: Introduction to Brush Lettering with Kelly Klapstein

An Introduction to Brush Lettering
with Kelly Klapstein

Saturday, June 24  
(supply list will be sent via email when you register)

In this workshop, you will explore the art of calligraphy using a variety of brush pens. Starting with basic strokes and drills, you will develop an understanding of how letterforms are written in a variety of styles. We will cover the alphabet, both lowercase and uppercase letters, using Kelly's specially designed sets of tracing worksheets. No experience is necessary for you to learn to write beautiful letters and express yourself joyfully and artfully.

Please contact the store to register: or (425)643-1781

Supply list will be sent after registration

Kelly Klapstein, author of The Art of Brush Lettering (Dec 2017), is a hand lettering artist and educator who shares her love for calligraphy in her workshops around the world. She runs her own online business "Love Letters" on her website where she sells sets of tracing guide worksheets and blogs about lettering techniques that help people learn how to write with brush pens and watercolor. You can also find @kellycreates on Instagram where she posts numerous lettering videos that are enjoyed by 500K followers. Last Fall, Kelly was excited to launch a collection of rubber stamps she designed, which are popular among paper crafters, card makers and scrapbookers . Along with writing for Creative Scrapbooker magazine and enjoying all things that are DIY and handmade, Kelly is a Tombow Senior Brand Ambassador, and offers a peaceful, mindful practice of writing beautiful letters. 

Acrylic Demo SPLAT with Dianna Shyne. April 30, 2017

Sunday April 30-  Free Acrylics Demonstration
SPLAT! A free & fast approach to impressionist paintings in acrylic
with Dianna Shyne

Make art!  Working fast and free is FUN, as Dianna will show you.  G

Whether you work in your studio, on your kitchen table, out in plein air, or inside a manila folder at work (OK-this last one's a stretch for painting) Dianna is motivated for you to paint!

On her website, Dianna admits to painting the many things that interest her. Splat! She paints! Splat! Come to the demo!

Watercolor Roses with Chihiro Yabe. April 29, 2017

Saturday April 29-  Free Watercolor Demonstration
Watercolor Roses
with Chihiro Yabe

The beauty and romance of the rose is something many watercolorists would love to depict in their paintings.  Chihiro Yabe will show how to do so, without drawing each petal, but by capturing the shape as a whole.

Creating a Bullseye Effect with Molly Murrah April 15,2017

Saturday, April 15th from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Last year Molly Murrah gave a popular demonstration on how to create a bullseye effect in your watercolor painting. This technique is great for emphasizing the focal point of your art and for achieving a “glow” or “backlit” effect.

 In this demo, Molly will show you various ways a bullseye can be used for painting different subjects, from still lives to street scenes and radiant sunsets. Join us for this fun demo – “Creating a Bullseye Effect” – with Molly Murrah.

Golden A to Z with Barbara De Pirro April 9, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Reserve your seat now!
Phone 425.643.1781

This lecture packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding listeners through the basics while opening up new possibilities.

Learn the unique properties of Fluids, Heavy Body, OPEN and High Flow Acrylics. Discover Interference and Iridescent paints for unusual effects. Get a comprehensive overview on the many Gels & Mediums and how they can change texture, viscosity, saturation, intensity of color and more. The lecture includes a review of Grounds that create truly, contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing and mixed media. Each lecture includes an array of examples of these materials put to use.

Artists will leave the lecture enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of Acrylic! Attendees will receive Information packets & free samples.

Ann Breckon. Lessons in Color April 8, 2017

Saturday April 8-  Free Watercolor Demonstration
Lessons in Color: Warm / Cool vs CMYK
with Ann Breckon
Red, Yellow and Blue are essential to the Primary mixing theory, but artists need to know about warm and cool versions of these for successful color combinations.  Yellow, Cyan and Magenta are central to the Secondary Palette and an intriguing, almost limitless range of colors.  Come learn about both!

Copic Markers with Brandi York April 2, 2017

"Inara" by Brandi York, done with Copic Markers

Everything you want to know about them and can now ask Brandi!
Copic Marker Vendor Demo with Brandi York
Sunday April 2
Bellevue Store

Any questions you've ever had about Copic Markers, the Airbrush system, Various Inks or Multiliners can be answered by Copic Fine Art Specialist, Brandi York this weekend.!

Learn all the finer points of Copics, including how to refill and change the tips of markers, the Copic Airbrush System, various paper choices and more. See how to layer colors to achieve a variety of effects, soft shading, textures and dynamic color. Never heard of Copic Markers before? Come by and see what the buzz is all about! 

To see some tutorials that Brandi has done for Copic, please visit:  - This is the tutorial for portrait to the left"Inara". - This is the tutorial on drawing long hair for the portrait "Ellie" below. - This tutorial is a beautifully subtle portrait done in several shades of Gray Copic Markers on gray paper.  - This tutorial is how to do reflections.

"Ellie" by Brandi York
done with Copic Markers