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Watercolor Book goes International!

I am so pleased that my book “Painting Beautiful Landscapes” has gone International! USA buyers may purchase at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and North Light Books. You may find it easily by searching my name! www.amazon.com www.barnesandnoble.com www.northlightshop.com www.jhicksfineart.com/workshops
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American Watercolor Society chooses painting!

I am beyond happy that another painting has been chosen for inclusion in the prestigious American Watercolor Society 149th International Exhibition! 150 paintings were selected from nearly 1200 entries! I am pleased and honored to have my work represented with fine artists from all over the world! The paintings will be hung at the Salmagundi […]
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Little Art Book I is back in stock!

It has been difficult to keep up with the demand for this popular mini-book series! They contain the kind of information that most accelerated my personal growth as an artist and make perfect companion guides to my teaching.Their size is intentionally small (4.5 x 5.5) so they can fit easily into a bag with other […]
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Happy New Year!

Looking back over photos of a time spent traveling with my husband aboard our 40′ home on wheels reignited wonderful memories. We lived and traveled like a couple of vagabonds for about 5 years after we retired in 1998. I saw beauty I never imagined and It was the intensity of the feelings it inspired […]
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Yesterday I decided to…..

Yesterday I decided to revisit one of my small paintings by painting it again! I really enjoy doing this because I’m always more comfortable the second time around and able to address my subject in a more relaxed way! But, of course, this is true for most endeavors we choose to tackle. I’ll often repeat […]
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I am honored!

Painting of Pennsylvania farm wins the Howard Slater Memorial Award at the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge, New York! I am thrilled to have a place in this prestigious show! Exhibition runs August 7 through October 4, 2015.
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Cornwall, WOW!

OHMYGOSH! It seems like only yesterday that I was sending out a newsletter telling everyone about my upcoming workshop to Cornwall, England and now I’m home already! I arrived back in the USA on the 29th of July after spending 7 glorious days exploring, sketching, photographing, painting, making new friends, enjoying delicious food and soaking […]
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Hello Cloudcroft, NM

Hello everyone from our Cloudcroft, NM workshop! I hope you’re reading this because I want to thank each of you again for making our workshop great! You welcomed me with open arms and your passion and enthusiasm was a wonderful thing to see. I’m thrilled that you have invited me to come back next year […]
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Watercolor Workshop in Wisconsin

I had a wonderful week painting with my new friends at Dillman’s Bay Resort in Wisconsin! I always come away from these encounters feeling enriched and so blessed to be able to spend time in such beautiful places with those who love to paint as much as I do!! I’ll be returning next May for […]
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New Demo Study

Another demo study for my upcoming workshop at Dillman’s Bay Resort in the beautiful North Woods of Wisconsin! I experimented with some really bright color for the look and feel of Spring when the first flush of emerald green makes a show ! Lets meet and paint together May 17-20. www.dillmans.com www.jhicksfineart.com/workshops/workshop-calendar  
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Painting receives award at RMNW Exhibition

I am very pleased to say my painting “Barn Door Whimsy” received the Painted Toe Society Award for this years Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition! Following is an except from Foothills Art Center, the host for this annual event: “RMNW is proud to present the 41st Annual Exhibition. Juror, Linda Doll, selected 68 works of […]
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Splash 15 available now!

I’m very pleased to see three of my paintings featured in the new Splash 15 Book as well as the previous Splash 12 and Splash 13 editions. These books highlight artists from all over the world, are gorgeous to look at and have become a series worth collecting! Read what author, Rachel Wolf, had to […]
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Thank you for inviting me to VA!

The Shenandoah Arts Council in Winchester, VA recently sponsored a 4-day watercolor workshop for me, and what a wonderful experience it was! I always come away from my workshops enriched and renewed from the privilege of spending time with talented artists who share my love and passion for art. Following are some thoughtful comments left […]
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Thank You Sale!

Thank you so much for your very positive response to my “thank you” sale given in appreciation for your patience while my website was down for upgrades and enhancements! As a way on saying thank you once again I’m extending it thru Aug 15th 2014! Just type in the code “summer” when you check out […]
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Painting jurored into Rocky Mountain National Exhibition

Rocky Mountain National Watermedia show jurors painting “Barn Door Whimsy” into Exhibition! As you can see from the photo of the scene that inspired the painting someone painted the old barn door a beautiful shade of blue and I thought the choice added the perfect touch of whimsy to the weathered facade of the old […]
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Artist signed book now available

A Signed Edition of “Painting Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes” is now available from my e-Shop! It is also available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and North Light Books. If you enjoy my new book a review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble will be very appreciated! It is so helpful to me and for those who […]
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Hilltop Homestead DVD now available!

I’m excited to announce my new DVD! In this one I demonstrate how to change”things” into simple landscape symbols! It’s easier than you may think to transform ordinary scenes into beautiful paintings once you learn the simple steps for doing so! We all know that watercolor can be a difficult medium to master, but it […]
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Oregon Workshop coming soon!

I hope you can come! Four Days June 2-5. Register now to paint with me for four days of workshop fun at the Emerald Art Center in Springfield, OR  June 2-5. For more information and prices click on the following link: www.emeraldartcenter.org/workshops.php See my 2014 Workshop Calendar at: www.jhicksfineart.com/workshops/workshop-calendar
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Workshop demo becomes large painting

Someone had painted the old barn door a beautiful shade of blue and I thought the choice added the perfect touch of whimsy to the facade of the old weathered barn. Since this fanciful accent is what first caught my eye it would be what my painting was about. As you can see I have […]
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Pennsylvania farm inspires another painting

Following is a scene I discovered a couple of years ago while in Pennsylvania giving a workshop. With a few days to spare before the workshop started we explored the country roads and farmlands around Lancaster. I’ve wanted to commit this particular scene to paper for some time and am happy to have finally been […]
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St Augustine inspires painting

Following is a photo of a homey scene I came upon as we traveled through St. Augustine, Florida. An ordinary subject to say the least, but I knew the feeling of life the drying laundry gave and the commanding vertical presence of the white house would be more than enough to build a painting around.  […]
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New Painting

One of my New Years resolutions was to paint as much as possible before my first 2014 Workshop. Once my workshops begin I’m away from home most every month and not a lot of time is left over for my studio work. I just finished Red Shutters 18×24 which I originally painted last year as […]
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New Book now available for Pre-order!

Reserve your own copy now at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and North Light Books! My book covers a wide range of topics and reveals personal techniques for transforming the landscape with clear explanations and colorful demonstrations in one beautiful hardbound edition. Special Signed Editions of the book will also soon be available through this website’s SHOP. Following are some of […]
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hello everyone, I am sending each of you my heartfelt Best Wishes for joy, love and laughter now and throughout the coming year! Thank you for sharing my journey, participating in my workshops and collecting and following my work! “Somewhere within all of us there is a wordless center, a part of us that hopes […]
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Note Cards are back!

Note Cards are back and now available in my Shop! Each set includes Six Award Winning Paintings that have been beautifully reproduced on heavy, glossy card stock. A great gift  for a friend or yourself or frame them individually for a unique collection of mini prints. They are standard note card size and come tied with a pretty raffia bow. Like me […]
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New Watercolor Book cover is official

Hi everyone, I just received word that the cover for my new North Light Book is official! What do you think? It is due for release in May of 2014 and will be available for preorder long before at stores like Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and on my website too! You may also like my […]
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Private One-on One Workshop

I absolutely love sharing what I’ve been able to learn about art and watercolor in a private one-on-one setting. It allows me to tailor a special workshop specific to ones own personal artistic goals and so much can be accomplished with this kind of uninterrupted time. Hey Ginny, if you’re reading this I sure had […]
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