Entries by Rene Eisenbart


For years people have asked me to make cards of my work, and finally I have! Very soon you will find some of them for sale at Oblation, an amazing paper store on NW12th, just past Glisan,  around the corner from Dick Blick Here they are… 14 different designs. The card back includes my information […]

COMMENTS on the ITALY workshop

WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING This has been a fabulous, life changing two weeks in Tuscany — Great instruction, ideas, companions, food, activities, accommodations & setting. I could never have imagined anything more satisfying. You are one incredible lady. Your smile makes it all good! Laura Congratulations on your 1st travel workshop! It has been fabulous […]


A month in Tuscany, traveling with artists, was wonderful for me — almost beyond belief! It all started as a reunion trip for my critique group last May. Then Linda Nye and Carol Winchester stayed to help me put on a 12-day workshop. Seven artists joined us. We stayed in a villa outside Lucca, making […]


Coating with acrylic is an experimental process.  Be sure to test your results with art that is not precious (using comparable paper or board and paint) before risking your best work. Photograph your work before you top coat to get the best image. It’s harder to get a good photograph through the acrylic layers. Allow […]


A Cradled Birch Panel by American Easel is contemporary and gallery appropriate for a watercolor painting when finished with acrylic Clicking on any red text below will take you to related blog posts: Attach blank watercolor paper or finished painting —­ either will work. Be sure to check the tips & tricks and the materials […]

Showing Art / Home & Garden show

This was supposed to auto-post last March…                         but it didn’t! I was over at the Home & Garden show, February 20 through 24, at the Expo Center, painting much of the time. Thanks to all who stopped by! There were new paintings this year, including Theresa’s Orchids on white, below. Last year at the […]

Acrylic Finishes for Watercolor

I’m often asked about the acrylic mediums I use to finish watercolor paintings. Here are the products I use. WOOD CRADLED PANELS American Easel in Salem Oregon makes a wonderful birch cradled panel that is reasonably priced. Most art stores carry them. Or order special sizes, 6 at a time, direct from the factory. They […]

Marbling Transformation

I’ve been playing with Marbling…   Besides being so much fun, it’s one way to turn a painting that doesn’t quite gel into something amazing. Of course, I never really know what I’ll end up with, but sometimes I get lucky! Here’s an example…  This large painting of a child eating an ice cream cone doesn’t […]

Coping With Rejection

You can’t enter art shows without opening the door for rejection. And I’ve had my share. The way I see it, entering alone is a win. If you make a habit of entering, you’ll set yourself up for success. In 2010, both my Rose Show entries for Oregon Society of Artists earned an award, which […]