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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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North Light extends invitation to author a book

North Light Books and F&W Media recently invited me to author a book about the beautiful places I paint in watercolor! It is tentatively scheduled for publication late 2013 and is something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. It’s a dream come true for me and one I want to share with everyone. […]
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Workshop fun!

I just got back from presenting a watercolor workshop for a very talented group of artists from the Watercolor East Texas group. My first stop was the Cole Art Center where I had the privilege of juroring their annual exhibition followed by the most delicious get-acquainted lunch at Shelley’s Bakery and Cafe. The next three […]
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Painting chosen for International Exhibition

I’m very pleased to say “Peonies I Saw in Pennsylvania” was chosen for inclusion in the 112th International Exhibition of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society jurored by world renowned artist, Frank Webb. Maybe it‘s one of my favorite paintings because it reminds me of a time we spent traveling the countryside there several years ago. I […]
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Watercolor Workshop in Pennsylvania

I’m just now back after a month spent traveling through the inspiring landscapes of Lancaster and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Before coming home we stopped to conduct a watercolor workshop at the Stone Ridge Farm and Country Inn in Perkasie. I met there with a wonderful group of artists to paint in an old, light filled […]
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Pennsylvania here we come!

I’m teaching a week long watercolor workshop July 9-13 at the beautiful and historic Stone Ridge Farm Country Inn and Art Workshop Retreat located in Bucks County, PA. We are leaving early so we can spend time exploring the area looking for beautiful places to paint. I have a feeling those places won’t be hard […]
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Country depot inspires new painting

When we travel  small towns and country roads across America I gather so much information that it’s often hard to decide what I want to paint next. But when I start browsing through my digital libraries and thumbing through all my sketches it doesn’t take long before something catches my eye and triggers memories from […]
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I found it in Waldport, Oregon

What did I find? I found paradise all wrapped up in a sun drenched day! That was back in 2008 when we traveled down the Oregon Coast and stopped to spend a few days in Waldport, a charming village by the sea. We followed a rough country road that led off in the direction of […]
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Watercolor Workshop for Texas Watercolor Society

I’ve just returned from presenting a watercolor workshop in San Antonio for the Texas Watercolor Society. It was an absolutely wonderful 3 days spent with the most delightful and talented group of artists I have had the good fortune to be with. When I’m able to spend quality time with fellow artists I always feel […]
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Rural Rhythm in Virginia

I am drawn to open fields and the way planted rows curve away into the landscape. I’ve now painted several field paintings that were inspired while traveling through the open countryside. As you can see from my photo below I deviated quite a bit from the original scene. I was very attracted to was the […]
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Art Journey America Landscapes Book

I am thrilled and honored to have been invited by North Light Books to participate in an exquisite new book called Art Journey America Landscapes. It may be pre-ordered now and will be on book shelves by the end of December. It is an absolutely stunning collection of beautiful paintings. Following is what author Kathryn Kipp says about the […]
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Painting Mendocino, California

A 2008 road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway took us through scenic Mendocino, California. I fell in love with the quaint architecture of this small coastal village that sat at the edge of the sea. This scene was the subject of a demonstration painting I did for the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor […]
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Pennsylvania Peonies inspires painting

In 2009 while traveling through beautiful Pennsylvania I was able to collect lots of information for paintings. Following is a scene I’ve wanted to paint for quite some time. I hope you will enjoy my interpretation of a scene that seemed quite ordinary at first, but the old red house and pink peonies soon became […]
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Coastal scene inspires new watercolor painting

This new 18×24 painting is from a road trip we took down Highway One along the Pacific Coast Highway. We stopped for lunch in the small coastal village of Elk, California and I spotted this quaint seaside cottage. I couldn’t resist stopping to photograph and sketch my impressions and the following  is my interpretation of […]
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Cambria California Farm Inspires New Painting

In 2008 we traveled down the Pacific Coast Highway visiting many coastal villages along the way. In Cambria, California we took a drive out Santa Rosa Creek Road where I found this lovely old farm sitting before a vineyard. I’ve included some images of the work in progress and hope you will enjoy my interpretation […]
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Large Watercolor inspired by Virginia Barns

My latest large watercolor painting was inspired by our travels  through Virginia. Peaceful pastoral scenes like this one dot the beautiful Virginia countryside. I’ve included the sequence for the painting beginning with the photo taken from the car window as we sped down the highway on a very cloudy overcast day. I prefer painting scenes […]
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