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Happy New Year Year 2017!

Happy Holidays!

"Moody Watercolors"

Autumn Colors in Watercolor Workshop

Watercolor Seascapes Workshop at Sandy Hook Beach, NJ

Welcome Back! Looking Forward to Seeing You in My Class or on a Workshop

A Week of Drawing Fun for Young Artists

"Painting in the Open Air" 2016

Looking Forward to Watercoloring with You in 2016!

October Plein Air Workshops

Week-Long Drawing Class for Young Artists

"Summer Watercolors"

Painting Summer Greens & Trees in Watercolor Workshop

Spring Plein Air Watercolor Workshops

Lake Champlain Watercolor Workshop (in partnership with Shelburne Craft School)

Season Greetings!

The Ogden Minton Pleissner Gallery

Watercolor Workshop at the East Hampton Art Association

It's the Perfect Time for an Autumn Colors Watercolor Workshop!

"Plein Air Watercolors" at the Ridgewood Art Institute

My Classes at the Ridgewood Art Institute will Resume on September 3rd & 4th

Join me on a Watercolor Workshop in Central Park, NYC & Shelburne Farms, VT

Weeklong Drawing Summer Session for Young People

Painting Summer Greens & Trees Watercolor Workshop at Ringwood Manor

"Peaceful Places"

Happy Birthday Anders Zorn!

Watercolor Trivia

Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday Season!

"Wintry Mix"

"Ivory" Black Friday for the Art Lover

The NJWCS Silver Medal of Honor

"Not So Plain": Plein Air Painting

Watercolor Painting Trips, Summer 2013

John Singer Sargent Watercolors

Join Me for a Watercolor Demonstration at the Salmagundi Club In New York City on April 16th

Happy New Year!

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Art Lover

The Sol App and the Golden Hour

Can Art Promote Healing?

Come Join Me on a Watercolor Workshop

The Complete Painter's Handbook

American Watercolor Society Membership

Watercolor Palettes

Real Men Use Magic Eraser

91st Annual Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society and Traveling Exhibit

Exhibitions to Check Out!

Watercolors of Acadia

Cold Hands, Warm Palette

Watercolor Reflections & Resolutions

Holiday Greetings!

Ten Great Movies about Art & Artists

Isabellas Free….Forever!


George Washington once gifted a watercolor paint box to his niece, Nelly Custis, it sold at auction in 2004 for $175,500.

Watercolor Trivia

Tue, Jan 21st, 2014


Did you know?...

George Washington once gifted an inlaid mahogany watercolor paint box to his niece, Nelly Custis, on the occasion of her fifteenth birthday. A label on the box read, "Given by General George Washington to Nelly Custis, on her 15th birthday, March 31st, 1793." The box sold at a Christie's auction in 2004 for $175,500. Odd that he would refer to himself as General, because in 1793 he was ending his first term as President.

Many writers, actors and celebrities have painted in watercolor; among them, Evelyn Waugh, author of Brideshead Revisited and singer Tony Bennett, who signs his paintings using his real name Antonio Benedetto. Victor Hugo, the great French playwright, poet and politician who wrote Les Miserables and the Hunchback of Notre Dame, also painted in watercolor. In addition to all he accomplished in his life, he created over 1400 watercolor paintings! Actress Jane Seymour, best known for her role in the television series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," works in the medium as well. Marilyn Monroe dabbled in watercolor, in fact, one of her paintings sold at auction in 2005 for $78,000. Perhaps the inscription under the image helped achieve the high price. It read, "Happy Birthday Pres. Kennedy from Marilyn Monroe."

Several British Royals, including Prince Charles and Queen Victoria, took up watercolor. She preferred painting with a number 7 round brush. In 1886, Victoria ordered the British art supply company, Winsor & Newton, to manufacture the highest quality brush in her favorite size. It's called the "Winsor & Newton Series 7 Brush" and is still available today.

Sirius XM Satellite Radio has a station called "Watercolors," which plays smooth jazz.

WaterColor® is a resort community on a 220 acre coastal lake in Florida. I guess it's the place where watercolorists retire?

I'm always scouring the Internet looking for articles with good watercolor trivia - I'd love to hear some of yours!