My objective in teaching a workshop is to share my thought process in constructing a painting. By learning how I think as I demonstrate various watercolor techniques, students receive tools to stimulate their creative imagination to produce original design in their own personal statements.

My workshops are for all who want to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process of painting, are willing to be flexible, take risks, have fun, be intuitive and inventive. You will not be using rules and formulas but still the emphasis will be on concept, color and design. The inspiration comes both from nature and the inevitable unpredictability of the watercolor medium.

I demonstrate a different method or idea each day, using various techniques to show you how to construct original paintings from both source material and your imagination. You may work with either abstract or realistic forms. Topics include: wet-into-wet, under-painting and layering, designing with shapes (using realistic or abstract forms), and methods for producing clean washes. Daily demonstrations and critiques each last about an hour, leaving ample time for painting and individual assistance. Critiques will approach problem solving upon the premise that there is always a solution that can turn an unsuccessful painting into a successful one.        

  I welcome visits to my Napa Valley Studio. 1085 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga CA.                     Let me know if you wish to visit. My new book is also available here

                                                    WORKSHOPS 2021  

Napa Valley Studio Workshops

I hope that all of you are well and safe. As soon as we know that the future looks bright I will post information again. For now, this is the time we can all enjoy uninterrupted painting and hopefully come out at the end as better artists. 

My studio classes are similar to what I offer throughout the country and suitable for students with some experience in watercolor who enjoy a challenge. Limited to 12 participants. Access the complete course description, supply list and sign-up form Studio Course DescriptionSupply List or send an email to       


September 14-17 Rockland Maine, Coastal Maine Art Workshops Contact: Lyn Donovan 207-594-4813


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  1. I am interested in your workshop in the Hudson River Valley May15-17, 2015. I took a workshop from you in Rockland, Maine about 12 years ago when I first took up watercolor. They are stil the best watercolor paintings I think I have done, so would love to reconnect. Sue Scheer


  2. Hi Barbara…
    I have been to 3 of your workshops.. so inspired by your work. Wondering if you will be coming to the East coast in 2021?
    Also wondering if you might do critiques by way of internet.


    • Hi Jeannette, Yes I will be giving a workshop in Greenville, NY in May and Rockland Maine in September 2021. I’ve been thinking about critiques possibly on zoom. I’ll let you know if I get it set up. Thanks for contacting me


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