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We just finished our Watercolor Landscape class for 2014. I have posted 53 paintings that my students agreed to share here.

Cherie Droege

Cherie Droege

Nancy Longmate2

Nancy Longmate2

Everyone worked two weeks on the new splatter painting technique.

David Hess

David Hess

They worked on creating a landscape with a very definite center of interest.

Kathleen Smierciak

Kathleen Smierciak

They worked on a painting of “Big Sky” or “Big Water”.

Robert Einhaus3

Robert Einhaus3

They created a painting with a building or man-made object.

Joel Alwine2

Joel Alwine2

The last night of class we worked on painting little people to insert into the landscape.

Ann Smith

Ann Smith

Jan Reche

Jan Reche

…and high praise for the two students who worked outside the box to come up with a more abstract vision of a landscape.

Thank you to all of you who follow this blog, regularly, and to the students who continue to attend my classes and share their work here.


  1. Fabulous work!

  2. What a talented lot, I love the green sea

    • Isn’t that sea interesting? Very tropical! Thank you, Outside Authority!

  3. What a display of talent Leslie! Every piece is so beautiful, congratulations to the teacher and the students!

  4. These all turned out lovely!

  5. These are really great.

  6. Your student art is sooooo good, Leslie! I think I may have to try my hand at spatter…again…one more time. What’s that? Practice makes perfect? Yes yes yes….jots

    • My students seemed to come to the conclusion that this style of painting worked better with certain references. One student has done beautiful work with this technique by using black and white dated photos. Another feels it is best used with industrial references. I still will experiment with all subject material but agree that it works really well for industrial or city scenes. Maybe that will help if you try this again. Thank you, so much for the comment to their work, Jots!

  7. Kudos to you and your students!

  8. That’s a very talented class of artists Leslie. I’m guessing none of them are beginners as these are all really good.

  9. another super-talented group of students. Their work is fantastic. Guided by a fantastic teacher! 🙂

    • Thank you, so much, Carol. And thank you for going through and commenting on so many specific paintings. You rock!

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    Extremely good works, all of them! I was wondering what paper was that for the first scenes with buildings. Did you suggest these colors? They really work. Leslie you are a fantastic artist and excellent teacher!

    • I’m pretty sure Cherie used Arches 140 lb coldpressed watercolor paper for that one. It was also the assignment where they had to paint a monochromatic in Paynes gray and then splatter before they began adding color. I remember that Cherie said she chose this scene because she thought all the textures in the trees would work well for the splattering. I do not tell my students to use specific colors for their work. We have sessions where I assign them to work out paintings selecting triads and complimentaries. That particular painting began with a monochromatic and built from there. Good question and thank you for that! I am very particular about value changes but these students have a pretty good understanding of color theory with what I teach in the beginning class when they come to this one.

  10. Leslie it is an amazing collection which I can watch and watch and watch well done have a great holiday break x

  11. Another successful class! Great to see the variety of approaches your students have used. Very best to you and all you attempt in the upcoming year. Merry Christmas too!

    • Hi Al! Thank you for commenting about the different approaches. It has been so much fun watching these artists grow into their own voices. Merry Christmas, Al, and Happy New Year, too!

  12. Nice works. You are a very good teacher Leslie.

  13. excellent works…

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