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Alan Clayton

Alan Clayton

Mary Smierciak3

Mary Smierciak3

Cindy Guzik3

Cindy Guzik3

The above three paintings were created in the Exploring watercolor class, this spring. They worked on the basic skills and techniques from learning the different brushstrokes, some basic techniques (wax resist, salt, sponging) and basic color theory. They created paintings of foliage and trees, little people, buildings, and a scene that was backlit.

Leslie Vrchota3 Masa Paper

Leslie Vrchota3 Masa Paper

Sue Mendenhall3 Abstract Rice Paper

Sue Mendenhall3 Abstract Rice Paper Collage

Jan Reche3 Realism Rice Paper Collage

Jan Reche3 Realism Rice Paper Collage

These last three paintings were created in the Watercolor Masa and Rice Paper Collage.  We spent the first two weeks learning how to tone, affix and paint on masa paper. The last four weeks were spent on learning how to use rice paper collage in our watercolor paintings. I think it is one of the most difficult techniques to learn and everyone did great.  They began by creating abstract rice paper and watercolor collages and gradually moved through them into incorporating collage into realistic images.

More student paintings from these classes may be viewed by clicking here or clicking on Student Art: Spring Classes in the pages bar at the top of the blog.

Thank you to all my students for sharing your work here.


  1. Love them all!!!!!

  2. Fabulous work from fabulous artists, Leslie. Wish I could be one of your students!

  3. I love the colors in all of these pieces.
    But the energy in Alan Clayton’s Kiss really knocks my socks off. 🙂
    Hi Leslie.

  4. All very nice, but I am partial to the bluebird!

    • Of course you are! I thought of you when Leslie shared this creation in class, Caroline. It could be a portrait of one of yours! 🙂 Thank you for the comment.

  5. Every semester I am more and more impressed with your students. They are clearly all artists in their own right and very talented.

    • They are definitely artists. I totally agree with you. They just get better and better. They all spend time painting at home and they listen carefully to what we study in class. The information they share with one another is invaluable, also.Thank you, Carol. And thank you for taking the time to write a special comment for each artist under their paintings on the Student Page. Wow!

  6. Loved all these beautiful works, Leslie’s a little more!

    • Inese Poga Art Gallery
    • Posted May 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm
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    Your students are very talented. You are probably providing them with good guidance, but as a rule, it takes two: an insightful and experienced teacher and a devoted and gifted student. These results show that you’re an extremely good teacher. I’m not surprised, because your art is excellent and innovative.

    • Thank you so much, Inese. I feel the same about you and what you are doing!

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