Entries by Rene Eisenbart

AWARDS GALORE!

Much has happened this summer that I’m still hoping to catch you up on. mostly TEACHING…   Self Portraits at Hood River — with the Creative Arts Community at Menucha — Marbling at OSA       But this post is on AWARDS. When they rain, they pour! FIRST I was awarded third place for “Marbled […]

KIP NORDSTROM’s GARDEN

It was a drizzly Friday, when a few happy painters met  at garden designer Kip Nordstrom’s to paint —  one that put the WATER in watercolor. It also added lovely droplets to the roses! Fortunately the giant fir trees served as umbrellas!  When a few tiny droplets came through, they created interesting textural patterns.  I […]

ITALY 5.14 / TASTE OF TUSCANY

No tour of Tuscany is complete without a culinary discussion. And not surprisingly, food is a reoccurring theme for us. Is it because the ingredients are so fresh that food tastes better there? Maybe it’s the artisan and farm to table fare? The sensuousness of the culture? The fine local wines? Or is it simply […]

ITALY 5.14 / FLORENCE TOUR

Another fabulous May in Tuscany! Linda Nye and I had so much fun last year that we vowed to return — after all, there is NO POSSIBILITY you can see and do everything the first time you come to Italy! Returning is the only way. This year we brought two new groups of seven to paint, […]

LEARNING & TEACHING

It has been a whirlwind week… First the WSO convention where I was given the people’s choice award for “Tranquility”! Then Robert Burridge’s workshop Monday – Thursday. Followed by giving a one day workshop for Southwest Washington Watercolor Society on USING ACRYLIC MEDIUMS with watercolor… as in my self portrait piece, below. . First Burridge […]

PAINTING IN KAUAI

14 of us spent 12 days at a retreat center in Kauai last February. It was a remarkable time! This will give you a flavor of the trip… We toured botanical gardens, visited art galleries, walked on the beach, cooked amazing meals and took scads of pictures. AT THE BEACH See, it didn’t rain the […]

LESSON IN DRAWING

Last week I taught the drawing portion of my 5-week class. Many students are just beginning to draw. Here are visuals to to help you learn the process… BASICS: The first decision is where to place the drawing on your page. Lightly draw a very basic shape, or outline, on your page and you won’t […]

ABOUT BUYING ART

GOOD EARTH original tea — the one with cinnamon — is my very favorite. When it’s fresh there’s nothing better in the morning for someone who cannot drink caffeine! A few years ago, this bit of tea bag wisdom struck my fancy… “WHY SHOULD I BUY EXPENSIVE ART WHEN I CAN MAKE MY OWN”   […]

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014

WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST for the NEW YEAR!!!! Now is a good time to reflect on the past year… and what a trip it has been! Here are a few highlights. I came out with a line of 14 greeting cards Just added this holiday greeting — I marbled over a caribou (below)! The […]

CELEBRATING THE SOLSTICE

The days are getting longer! In honor of the solstice, I’ve made this painting. Here’s how… You will need: Basic watercolor paints…       yellow ochre, terra rosa, pyrrol red, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson Black sharpie marker (fine point) Tracing paper CretaColor water soluble pencil — black Light table (or bright window) Sheet of […]