at Rene’s Studio
April 1 — IRIS / Sketching your way to Better Design

May 13 — DAHLIA / Adding Creative Color

10am – 3pm

$60 each

Dahlia Photo

I’m excited about working with this photograph that I took awhile back. I love the shape of the petals and it has shadows to play with. I will stretch the boundary of color, as I did with this blue dahlia, below. And, of course, there really are no blue dahlias!

Work with Rene painting botanicals in water media
Paint with realism and precision in mind or capture the essence in an interpretive manner, it’s up to you.

This is a studio class for ongoing study and exploration.
Each week I’ll offer a subject that I’ll demo, with a sketch that you can paint — or come with your own subject in mind. I’ll also choose an area of focus to plan a lesson around. Then I’ll work with you as you create your painting and give individual mini-demos to help you resolve specific issues.

I also will occasionally introduce textural methods and cover different types of paint application. We’ll explore alternative concepts and techniques. There will be at least one demo each week so you can see how my paintings develop.

“Douglas Iris”

Choose an iris like this, or something more abstract such as the one at left. It’s a print that I’ve marbled over.

CHECK FOR OPENINGS —  Contact Rene at
or 503-890-9668


  • A sack lunch
  • Painting supplies for watercolor — paints, palette, brushes, sketch or layout paper, watercolor paper, pencil, kneaded eraser, water pot, tracing paper
  • Reference material