Monday, March 17, 2014


Sketchbook Artichoke 9x12

The Sketchbook Watercolor Journal Adventure on line workshop started on Saturday.  Looks like we have a great beginning with sketching and painting Fruits & Vegetables from the Farmers Market.  I just had to paint this Artichoke, the bottom leaves were almost blue.  I still have a few openings if you would like to join us for the adventure that will last a life time.  The workshop will be online until May 1, 2014.  To register go to 

www.maryspires.com

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Just a little Video....





Hope you join us in this fun Adventure!  Check it OUT!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Registration for Sketchbook Watercolor Journal is OPEN!


Workshop has limited number of seats!
SIGN UP HERE!
www.maryspires.com


Join me for this exciting online Workshop.  We will take daily adventures into a loose, quick journal format style of sketching and painting.  We will use daily "adventures" to create a beautiful, creative and inspiring sketchbook. Our first week we will travel to the Farmers Market to explore Fruits & Vegetables.  Our adventure will continue for 4 weeks traveling into a Botanical Garden of Herbs & Flowers, discover how to draw your favorite things in week 3 and in the final week we will take a "Spring Break" discovering the Beach.
Each week you'll receive an email with a link you to that weeks adventure.  The "lesson" is available 24/7 and you will receive a downloadable  step-by-step "map" for traveling to that weeks lesson.  There will be videos and examples from my sketchbook to support the lessons.  Just like a real workshop you will be able to see fellow students sketchbook pages and you will be able to post your own sketchbook pages (only if you want to share).  I will follow up each week with comments and suggestions on that weeks lessons.

Supply list :  Sketchbook with watercolor paper or mixed media paper, watercolors (you can use the kind that kids use), a #8 round watercolor brush, and permanent ink pen (pigma or sharpie), #2 pencil and kneaded eraser.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sample Video from Sketchbook Watercolor Journal Aventure






 Click on Link below to view a sample video!  Registration begins March 1st, 2014!

http://animoto.com/play/QdLFOw1nv7KKiQCC0y6Zbg




Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sketch Watercolor Journal Workshop

Sketch Watercolor Adventure


From my Sketchbook

Lets take an adventure with our sketchbook!  

Join me for this exciting online Workshop.  We will take daily adventures into a loose, quick journal format style of sketching and painting.  We will use daily "adventures" to create a beautiful, creative and inspiring sketchbook. Our first week we will travel to the Farmers Market to explore Fruits - Vegetables.  Our adventure will continue for 4 weeks traveling into a Botanical Garden of Herbs - Flowers, discover how to draw your favorite things in week 3 and in the final week we will take a "Spring Break" discovering the Beach.
Each week you'll receive an email which will link you to that weeks adventure.  The "lesson" is available 24/7 and you will receive a downloadable  step-by-step "map" for traveling to that weeks lesson.  There will be videos and examples from my sketchbook to support the lessons.  Just like a real workshop you will be able to see fellow students sketchbook pages and you will be able to post your own sketchbook pages (only if you want to share).  I will follow up each week with comments and suggestions on that weeks project.

This class is designed for beginners, but all levels are welcome.  The class will run for 4 weeks for a cost of $49.00, registration begins March 1, 2014.

Join me on March 15th, 2014, to this adventure that will last a lifetime!


Class Registration begins March 1st, 2014.





Friday, January 10, 2014

Sunflowers



Sunflower Oil
11" x 14"

My first oil painting of 2014.....If was so much fun to be back painting oils.  As some of you know I've decided to do a FREE on line watercolor theory workshop.  If you're interested in joining me in this new adventure.  Email me at marybspires@yahoo.com  I taught Watercolor Theory from a workbook I did about 15 years ago.  I finally got it on the computer so I can email it to you.  I will upload to a "private blog" every Monday starting January 20th through February 14th, that week's homework, plus a demo video.  
JOIN US!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Free Watercolor Theory Workshop

Starting January 20, 2014, I will be hosting my very first online workshop.  It is FREE to anyone that emails me  marybspires@yahoo.com.  Website www.maryspires.com
The workshop includes a 23 page workbook that will be emailed to you.  Sign up today!



Sunday, September 8, 2013

Florida Herons

This is a 6x6 study for a larger class project......30 paintings in 30 days

Friday, September 6, 2013

Purple Astor



6" x 6" Transparent Watercolor
This purple Astor was Day #2 of the challenge....

Holly Hocks



6" x 6" Transparent Watercolor
This is #5 of the Leslie Saeta 30 Paintings in 30 Days.....This has been
a direct painting technique.....I do not draw a sketch first, just paint.  So it's
been a challenge....

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Peach Poppy #3



I have about a 100 of these wonderful Poppies pictures from Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
We just returned to Florida so I'm trying to catch up.....will start teaching at the Beach Art Center next week.  We decided to do a Tuesday night class.  I will teach the same project for Tuesday & Wednesday.  I'm so excited about all the new happenings at the center....Check out our new class schedule.....

                 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Poppy

        
        6x6 Transparent Watercolor
Well I did it!!!! Signed up for Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days.  I did it a year ago .... It truly motivated me to painted first thing every morning.  This was painted from a photo that I took this summer in Steamboat Springs.   

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Another Angel Trumpet

I painted a small cooler one a few days ago.......I can't believe how different the look!

                  6"x6" watercolor










Today Drawing - Can Opener

I'm really getting into this challenge - I'm using Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson
This is a wonderful book it plays on "drawing on the right side of the brain" by 
Betsy Edwards .... I probably have given this book away about 20 times over the years ..... Since ice been playing around with oils my drawing has gone down... 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Purple Iris


                   6"x6" Watercolor

This was painted from a photo from the Yampa Garden.....a painting at ever turn.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mushrooms

        6"x6" transparent watercolor
I've given myself a year long challenge....draw every morning while having my coffee.....paint a small 6x6 watercolor.....




Monday, July 8, 2013

Hawaii Rooster

Can't believe how many chickens and  Rooster are running free!!!! This takes "Free Range" to the next level.....I actually chased this guy into the bushes at a McDonalds in Maui... 

                     6x6 watercolor

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Red Cherries

                     6x6 watercolor

      Painted in the Tuesday Morning class with Donna Noice ....  So much fun visiting with old friends.....

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Red Poppy


6" x 6" Transparent Watercolor

I'm in Ohio this week, visiting my family.  My brother is in Chemo.....we lost our
older brother, father & mother with cancer.  It is in the family.  I had breast cancer 25 years ago.....I was lucky.  We are having a family get together on the 4th....everyone
will be there, except my great granddaughter Gigi.  She visiting her grandfather
in Florida.  We will miss that little smiling face.  
I got to paint yesterday with my friends at Donna Noices watercolor class at Robert
Warrens Art Loft.....this was painted from a photograph taken in Steamboat Springs.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dreama's France Challenge

Dreams is posting a small watercolor sketch daily.  She will be giving it to one lucky follower!  Sign up for her blog post to be in the drawing!  With all the travel this summer, I'm doing little pen & watercolor in my journal. Today I decided to try one from her posting ....join her in France via little videos and photos

Monday, June 17, 2013

Columbine


6"x6" Transparent Watercolor
Dick & I visited the Yampa Valley  Garden
on Saturday and all the spring flowers were in
bloom.  I had visited the gardens when we were here
about 3 years ago, but it was fall.  Spring has sprung
in the Rockies!   

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Clematis


6" x 6" Transparent Watercolor
This was painted from an old photograph I took
at my mother in laws house.....this plant was on a
trellis outside her back porch .....it provided
wonderful shade. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Flower Name

Angels' Trumpet - Jill Macfarlane a friend and Florida artist ...... posted on Facebook....
Angels' Trumpets belongs to the nightshade family and is highly toxic.  Keep the plant
away from young children and pets, and gardeners should wear gloves to prevent contact
with the plant's sap!

Flower Hawaii???


6" x 6" Transparent Watercolor

I have no idea what this flower is called (if someone out there
knows please let me know)....the first time I
saw one was at Renoir house in the south of France.  They are huge...
about 8-10 inches long.  We just returned from Hawii and I have
to say it was "wonderful".....we drove "the road to Hana", which is
 the road into the rain forest.  Long winding road but it was worth the
eight hour trip up and back. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Woody
11" x 15" Transparent Watercolor
on Watercolor Paper
This painting will be in the Society of Decorative Painters Magazine Winter Issue later on this year.  There will be step by step photographs, plus step by step instructions with a drawing. If you're not a member
you may want to join for lots of fun projects.  We also have a National Convention, plus several regional mini conventions.  I usually teach at the mini convention in Columbus, Ohio.

I can't believe I haven't posted in over a month....it's been a little crazy with teaching, plus 
I've been spending a lot of time at the Beach Art Center.....It's the busy time of year
for us with all the snowbirds taking classes plus all our fund raisers activities are scheduled at this time.
We launch our new marketing branding plan this month with Facebook.  

 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Umbrella

7 1/2" x 11" Transparent Watercolor on Paper
This is another small painting for the Make It Take It
Fridays.....we have two Friday's scheduled in March.
  The First being March 1 and 8th....hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Beached

7 1/2" x 11" Transparent Watercolors
I painted this one for Make It Take It Fridays..... It
will be taught in March.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Step by Step Demo

These are the steps that was taught to me by 
Jerry Fresia.....I was able to take his 5 day workshop
on  Lake Como this past fall.  This is one of those things that
change you for life.....my journey into impressionism.
Thank You Jerry!

Step by Step Demo

Step by Step Demo

Oh My! O'Keefe

25" x 25" Transparent Watercolor on Paper
A few years ago I was teaching in Indianapolis, Indiana,
of course I had to go to the museum.  All I can say is WOW!
What a collection......this painting is huge, maybe 6 feet square.  
I couldn't help myself when I saw this young lady looking at the
painting.  I first did this in oil and loved it!  So let's see
what it would look like in transparent watercolors.
If  you would like to purchase this please email me at
marybspires@yahoo.com
$350