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Book release date has changed

I just found out my books release date will be moved up in 2014 to the first week of May! Its cover painting has been chosen and I’m now in the process of making my first author’s review. I received the first black and white printouts of the pages as they will actually be laid […]
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Join me in a watercolor workshop!

I hope you’ll come join me next year in one of my many watercolor workshops across the USA and Internationally. Nothing would please me more! As time goes by I’ll be adding new locations and list them on my website calendar page as they’re scheduled. I will always look forward to hearing from you, so […]
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Hello Montana!

My flight back to Texas Friday afternoon was peaceful and relaxed giving me time to reflect back on the 4 wonderful days I spent with you. You came from near and far and even though we were not all acquainted we clicked from the start and it wasn’t long before we felt we had known […]
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Montana I’m on my way!

Montana, I’m on my way and I can’t wait! Sunday morning I’ll be boarding a plane at DFW for a flight that takes me to Bozeman, Montana. I’m going to spend 4 wonderful days painting and sharing my simple methods for transforming the landscape with Southwest Montana Art Society. Montana, if you are reading this, […]
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First instructional DVD to be released soon

So many ask me when and if I will ever make an instructional watercolor DVD. I am very excited to finally be able to say my first DVD is almost ready for release! Production is complete and all that remains now is making it available on my website for purchase. It’s almost 2 hours in length, time for me […]
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Private instruction for California Artist

I recently had the pleasure of teaching a private, one-on-one watercolor workshop for talented California artist, Cynthia Sexton. She met with me in my home for 5 intensive days designed around her personal artistic goals. I always feel as if I come away from these encounters enriched in so many ways and my own personal […]
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Old Colorado City Color

Following is just a sampling of some of the historic homes in Old Colorado Springs. Each time-worn charmer was so unique and colorfull it was like driving through one big flower garden.    
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Cripple Creek color study

Doing small 9×12 color studies like this one helps me plan color and tonal value before actually committing to a large scale painting and is critical to ones goal of creating quality art of any kind. Doing the necessary preliminary work acquaints me with my subject and allows me to work out potential problems beforehand. […]
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Cripple Creek inspiration

Using my personal process to develop a scene I found in Cripple Creek, CO. I find I am most always attracted to strong geometric shapes set into soft organic ones and this subject did it for me. Over time I’ve learned to reserve only the elements I feel importand to my theme and delete those […]
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Green Mountain Falls and Cripple Creek

We had a great drive up to Green Mountain Falls and Cripple Creek, CO. Green Mountain Falls has a charming town park with a little cafe that has been there for over 40 years. Nothing on the menu is low cal but the food is homemade, home baked and sooo delicious. We spent a couple […]
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Made it to Colorado

Hi everyone! It’s been a rather hectic start but I think we are finally settled in and are looking forward to our first scenic drive for photos. Coming across New Mexico we encountered high winds that took the top of our antenna off and then the altitude started playing havoc with our generator. We have […]
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Colorado Road Trip

Tomorrow morning we will be on our way to Colorado searching for renewed inspiration and material for new paintings. We’ll be trying out our recently purchased Travel Van for the first time. We just got it and intend to use it specifically for this purpose. We have had all kinds of RVs in the past, […]
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Home after Wisconsin workshop

I just returned from Lac Du Flambeau (means Lake of the Torches) Where I gave a 4-day watercolor workshop at Dillman’s Bay Resort in Wisconsin. What a beautiful, inspirational, peaceful place to rest, relax and paint! Sue and Dennis, the owners, have been hosting art retreats for more than 30 years and really know how […]
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Fun in Fort Worth, TX

I spent 5 wonderful days with the Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth, TX. The group was very welcoming and especially receptive so I was able to cover a lot of material and everything I wanted to share. There were even those in the group who came all the way from Oregon and Canada […]
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Little Art Book!

New! A little art book called “A Collection of Thoughts, Concepts and Ideas to Paint By.” From the time I first became passionate about the landscape and began teaching myself how to paint in watercolor I’ve made it a point to save bits and pieces of information that I personally connected with; Aha moments that […]
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Good news to share!

I just signed with Art Licensing International, Inc, a major licensing company who will now act as my exclusive agent to represent my work! What does this mean? Well hopefully, it means my art will eventually be reproduced on various products throughout the retail industry. This could be anything from home décor, gifts, cards, prints, […]
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I love Boston!

I had the best time in Boston painting with the Newton Watercolor Society! I came away from the experience with new friendships and wonderful memories. It had been snowing for several days when we arrived leaving a soft, blanket covering most everything. That was a real visual treat for me since that’s something we don’t […]
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On our way to Boston

Larry (aka best friend, hubby, etc) and I will be on our way to Boston early Wednesday morning to present a watercolor workshop for the www.newtonwatercolorsociety.org/workshops. Since I’ve been working non-stop for the last several months on my book I haven’t had time to paint except for the work needed for its pages. In view […]
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New workshop scheduled in Montana!

I’m very excited to have just received an invitation from Southwest Montana Arts to present my “TRANSFORMING THE LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOR” workshop in September. Check out my Workshop Calendar page for dates and contact information. I’m hoping that this new location will make it possible for those who have missed previous workshops because of distance […]
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Come paint with me!

Hi Everyone! I’ll be in Newton, MA for 3 days to conduct a watercolor workshop for the Newton Watercolor Society, March 21st-23rd. Come paint with me in a fun, fast-paced workshop where I’ll share my passion, motivate and teach my simple steps and techniques for transforming the landscape in watercolor. Spaces are limited but still […]
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Season’s Greetings

Hello everyone, One of the real joys of the Holiday Season is having an opportunity to express my appreciation! Thank you for sharing my journey, participated in my workshops and collecting and following my work. I am sending each of you my heartfelt Best Wishes for joy, love and laughter now and throughout the coming […]
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Cheng-Khee Chee chooses painting for International Exhibition

I’m excited that my painting “Depot by the River,” chosen for the San Diego International Exhibition earlier this year, has also been juried into the Signature American Watercolor Exhibition at the Fallbrook Art Center. This juried exhibition is open to artists holding Signature Membership status in one or more watermedia societies and is held in […]
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Paintings chosen for Tom Hoffmans New book

Tom Hoffmann just sent me a copy of his beautiful new book Watercolor Painting, a Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium. Thank you Tom!!! The following excerpt was taken from the jackets front flap. “Hoffman’s thorough explanations and step-by-step demonstrations delineates the process of composing and painting in watercolor, while art from more than thirty-five […]
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