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A visit to Collioure, France

Cindy and Theresa in Collioure - The City of Painters We like to preview our locations before setting up a Make Every Day a Painting workshop.  While we knew we wanted to go to Collioure, we wanted to see it before we invited you to join us.  We spent a wonderful day in July exploring the area, checking out our hotel (yes it’s really nice!), visiting the summer street market, and discovering the wide variety of places to paint. Colorful buildings, friendly people,  Boats, castles, forts, vineyards, beaches, cafe’s, shops & galleries – all the things our artists like to have access to on one of our special trips.  Check out our Paint France page to find out more.  

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Paint France

Paint France

Preview Announcement:

May 10-16, 2015

Make Every Day A Painting in  Collioure, France  – The City of Painters. Come stay and paint the source of inspiration for artists from Picasso to Matisse and Chagall.  Enjoy one of the best beaches of the world just a short walk from our charming hotel.  Discover the many local shops, markets and thriving art galleries in this artful town.

Sign up today with a $500 deposit.  We’ll forward you more information when we return from France in late July 2014.  We will be offering a $200 discount to those who sign up for our Spain May 3-10 trip.  Pricing for this trip is on our France Workshop page .  We already have our top-rated hotel with both single, double and triple rooms available.  We are announcing now for those seeking to book airline tickets with award miles.

Itinerary – Arrive in Collioure May 10, 2015.  If you are with our Spain group we’ll travel together on the train or may possibly rent a van on May 10.  It’s about 2 hours from Barcelona on the coast.  Informal Meet and Greet on the Evening of May 10 at our Hotel.  Enjoy 5 days of workshops, tours, markets and fun in and around Collioure. Saturday, May 16 departure.

How to get there:  Check out this Link.  We will be taking the train from Barcelona on May 10 following our Spain trip.  You can also fly to Perpignan, Paris, London or Marseilles and transfer from there but it is easiest to just take the train.



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Artists Play Key Role in Saving Picturesque Landscapes

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Sharing an Article from writer Annie Edison as we prepare to go paint Venice.  You can contact Annie at:

Picture this: desecrated landscapes and historic heritage sites that are forever lost to future generations due to industrial pollution and environmental degradation or a world without the romantic charm of towns such as Venice, captivating water ways such as Egypt’s Nile or the rich, green rolling hills of northern England and Ireland. A growing number of painters and and other artists concerned about our vanishing landscapes are finding creative ways to not only marry art with environmental protection, but are also using workshops to bring an artistic appreciation of everyday landscapes, historic towns and cultures to people who seek to explore and capture the world around them.

Painters Conserving Landscapes

The J. Paul Getty Museum of Los Angeles traces the history of landscape painting to ancient Greece, where local artists would use walls as their canvas, in order to capture both gardenscapes and landscapes. While during the Middle Ages, landscapes were rarely painted on their own (they were instead simply used as backdrops for religious depictions), the 1500’s saw a growing interest in painting the natural world for its own beauty, with the concept of landscape painting first developed in the Netherlands. With the advent of both the Northern and Italian Renaissance, people began commissioning and purchasing secular art, which opened up a new interest in landscape painting.

The industrial revolution of the eighteenth century caused supporters of romanticism – namely, artists, writers and thinkers who emphasized humanity’s connections to the natural world – a great deal of consternation, but certainly nothing like the contemporary concern by those close to today’s environmental movement, as they witness the impact of decades of neglect in the field of conservation. This sparked the development of international groups such as the Artists for Conservation (AFC), which allows artists of all stripes and backgrounds to marry their interest in capturing the natural world around them with their efforts aimed at preserving the landscapes that often serve as the very inspiration for their art. The AFC also raises awareness of conservation by maintaining a gallery focused exclusively on paintings and other form of art inspired by natural landscapes, wildlife and biodiversity.

Preserving Venice

Once a powerful, independent maritime republic, Venice gradually transformed from a political powerhouse in southern Europe to a leading center for artistic expression, starting The Metropolitan Museum of Art notes that the guild system was especially strong in Venice, allowing many more artists and artisans to become involved in painting and in other artistic crafts. The Venice cityscape and landscape was always a central element of this art and it inspires artists to this very day, but environmental concerns surrounding the growing presence of cruise ships and the subsequent pollution raised the question of whether future generations of artists will have the same opportunity to capture the beauty and charm of Venice on their canvas. According to a report by Iglu Cruise, new legislation restricting and then eventually banning cruise ships from Venice is one way that local council is trying to preserve the region’s landscape from the pollution caused by the arrival of ships weighing over 40,000 tons into the lagoon. This legislation, however, is being challenged and Italian courts will have to weigh the importance of preservation vs. business and tourism industry income. Although the cruiseship industry is trying to address its negative impact on the environment, some 25,000 gallons of sewage enter the world’s waters each day from these ships, showing that there is still much room for improvement and also underlining the rationale behind the initial decision of Venice lawmakers.

The Fading Allure of the Nile Valley

The Nile Valley is a good example of what can happen to historic landscapes when local officials do not take environmental concerns seriously. Earlier this month the Egyptian government’s Minister in charge of waterways admitted that there is a significance problem with turbidity along the Nile Valley. This picturesque region of Egypt now has a river running through it with a distinctly brownish-yellow hue. According to the economic center for social rights, industrial wastewater has been flowing into the Nile for years bringing pollutants such as asbestos, mercury, sulfur, oil and arsenic into Egypt most famous river. Officials at the center are concerned that the Ministry of Interior is simply not implementing laws nor enforcing existing legislation that would protect the local landscape and environment along the Nile Valley. With 20 million people living along the Nile, spread across 43 industrial towns, the lack of effective environmental protection may soon cause permanent damage to one of the world’s most enchanted landscapes.

The contrasting approaches of Venice and the Nile Valley show how to scenic regions of the world are handling the issues of preservation in such different ways. While there is much work to be done along the Nile and although artists in Venice will no longer be able to paint cruiseships entering the lagoon, forward-thinking lawmakers and artists who are concerned about the environment can at least ensure that enchanting landscapes can find their way onto the canvases of a future generation of artists.

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Getting Inspired at the WSO Convention

Cindy & Theresa at WSO20140405_230018Last weekend we attended the WSO Convention in the Portland Area.  We found the meetings, art show, lecture and awards banquet to be very inspiring.   Our new friends pictured here – Elaine Deharpport & Diane Thramer truly inspired us with their stories of long time friendship.  Friends since elementary school, these women are an example of enduring friendship.  Art is such an individual pursuit, we are grateful to be the kind of friends that encourage and support each other along the way.

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The Ultimate Daniel Smith Watercolor Palette for your Journaling and Painting

I had a wonderful visit with my friend and artist Cindy Briggs in Seattle. We demonstrated and taught at Daniel Smith Artist Material Stores in Seattle and Bellevue. Our focus was on watercolor journals. We had a lovely group of artists in our class. They painted 5 paintings in one day. AMAZING! Thank you for joining us. We used beautiful New England photos that we mostly took on our artist cruise last spring from Quebec City to Boston. Now we are introducing the wonderful – Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling Daniel Smith Watercolor Travel & Journal Kit   ––i-001-901-222.  

Note: When ordering from Daniel Smith Artists Materials in store or online, please add our Teacher Referral number to your order:  www.Daniel   U.S. (800) 426-6740    Int’l (206) 812-5877


See the photo below for more information. One funny discovery was about the word “Journaling”, what do you think?

“Journaling” is not a typical word in your Webster Dictionary or one that you can find in any dictionary today, but it is a word that anyone, especially creative people and artists alike, use to describe; “the act of creatively capturing and recording your thoughts, through designing in a journal”.

You can journal with items such as; photos, scraps, collage, stitching, mementos and anything that your visual imagination can dream up!     -Theresa Goesling

Theresa Goesling Cindy Briggs watercolor Kit web



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Save the Dates for Daniel Smith in March!

We just had a wonderful talk with Deb at Daniel Smith, and we’re collaborating on some projects to share our travel tips and painting ideas.  Watch for more to come.  Join us in March at Daniel Smith as we share great ways to travel and paint, along with Watercolor Tips & Tricks for the Studio and en Plein Air.  See below for dates and locations. Click on journal photo below to order your Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling Daniel Smith Watercolor Travel Journal Kit!Goesling & Briggs Creative Journaling
Daniel Smith FREE Demonstrations  Save the Dates for Daniel Smith Demonstrations & Workshops with Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling. Enjoy a 1 hour demonstration as the dynamic duo enthusiastically share their adventures in watercolors. March 15 – Watercolor Tips & Tricks Demonstration Seattle Store 11 & 1:00 (Learn how to Fix, Fine-Tune and Finish your painting in the studio and on location) FREE March 16 – Watercolor Journaling Demonstration  Bellevue Store 12 & 2 FREE March 17 – Creative Journaling Workshop $90 Redmond Store 10:30 to 3:30.  Learn creative, artful ways in watercolor and mixed media to record your journey. Call 4250-643-1781 to register.

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Here Comes the Sun

Goesling & Briggs January 2014 Demo Promo - Sunshine

It’s January and we need to find some sunshine.  Learn how to capture sunbeams with a paintbrush in your hand.  From simple to complex we will get your New Year’s painting jumpstarted.  Join us for some free demonstrations and a fun workshop on January 15.

Daniel Smith FREE Demonstrations 
Save the Dates for Daniel Smith Demonstrations & Workshops with Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling. Enjoy a 1 hour demonstration as the dynamic duo enthusiastically share their adventures in watercolors.

Saturday, January 11 – Seattle Daniel Smith Store.  “Here Comes the Sun” 11& 1:30 FREE Watercolor Demonstrations

Sunday, January 12 – Bellevue Daniel Smith Store.  “Luminescent Light in Watercolor”  Noon & 2 FREE Demonstrations

Wednesday, January 15, Let the Sunshine In Watercolor Workshop at the Goesling Gallery on Mercer Island. 
With Theresa Goesling & Cindy Briggs
Let’s warm up our winter days and paint the sunshine.  Learn how to create warm luminescent sunlight with watercolors. Learn how to manipulate transparent and opaque watercolors for exciting color and luminescent light. Great for artist’s with some experience – with 2 instructors we can help you succeed at whatever level you are at.  $90 10am to 4pm
email: to sign up.   Supply list provided.  Limited to 10 students.
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Workshop, Art Show and Demonstrations this Week.

Events This Week

Join us Thursday, December 4 at Goesling Gallery for a Winter Watercolor Workshop – Watercolor and Collage included.
10:00 to 3:30.  Call 425-802-3487 to sign up.

Art Show at Goesling Gallery, Thursday, December 4 from 5:30 to 7:30.

Free Demonstrations this Weekend at Daniel Smith
Saturday at the Seattle Store 11 & 1:30
Sunday at the Bellevue Store 12 and 2

Hope to see you there.

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Paint Venice 2014

We are excited to announce our upcoming workshop in Venice, Italy.  It has been a dream of ours to follow in the footsteps of John Singer Sargent and paint the canals, architecture, and atmosphere of timeless Venice.  Instead of dropping in like a tourist, we want to immerse ourselves in the picturesque locations and take time to really see Venice as an artist.  We are also excited to visit Murano – the island where glassmakers have been making beautiful works of art for centuries – along it’s central canal you will find charming shops and cafes to paint and explore. And will spend a day on Burano, a delightful island filled with playful color – from the buildings and reflections to the boats,  clothes pins, umbrellas, and curtains – everything is colorful!  We are excited to be collaborating with to put this special package together for our guests.  In Tuscany we provided a cooking class experience, and now in Venice we are including it also.  A different experience to add flavor to your trip.  If you click on the image it will take you to our VENICE 2014 page with more information about the tour.

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We Love Color!

This summer we attended a lecture and tour at the Daniel Smith Factory where we discovered the wonders of Daniel Smith colors.
It was amazing to see where the colors started, and how they were developed.  All very top secret recipes we were able to see behind the scenes the process of creating the colors that we use in our palettes and more!  What impressed us most was how permanent the colors are compared to other brands, the intensive testing that goes into each color mix, and the variety of colors Daniel Smith continues to create.  We are so pleased to have been involved in the development of our own color “Neutral Tint” which can be mixed with all of Daniel Smith colors to darken or neutralize the color – doubling the effectiveness of your palette.  Thanks to John and Ron at Daniel Smith for the behind the scenes tour!
We hope you’ll join us at our upcoming Daniel Smith Events.  Click Here for more information!

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