Arts in Society (AiS) Grantee Awarded $30k 2022 Cycle

Yellow Couch Blog RSS feed

Artist, out of the box by Greta Andereson Johns and Nick Raven

“Martin wasn’t paroled “just because of the plan” for his internship, Hamer says. “It’s because [Geng] sat in front of Cedric Martin, heard him speak, and saw who he was. She was not constrained by his situation. He was in pretty deep, and people I think don’t usually get parole from there.

“But she saw something, the something that we now all see,” Hamer says.”

Read now

Shortcuts to Learning to Paint: What are they?

What skills do you think were most essential?
Before a skill can be fully developed, there must be interest. So the first question might be, “am I interested in watercolor as means of expression in art-making? It’s essential to start with your interest, in this case, painting with watercolor, so that you’ll be less likely to quit when the thing you are learning feels hard. Because learning something new is challenging (whether you are interested in it or not), an interest followed leads to an aptitude developed. Aptitude (or talent) developed builds to competency, and competency boosts self-confidence.

Art Classes Art Collectors Art Instructor Artist Colorado Springs Fine Art Galleries Jana L Bussanich Artist Watercolor
Read now

Be and Do You

Thank you for reading my words. Please share your thoughts in the comments. I'd love to stay in conversation with you about these things. To not express creativity is the practice of self-annihilation, which leads to death as we systematically make ourselves...

Read now

Everything I Wished I'd Known When I Started Painting with Watercolor

I wrote this book - Watercolor Technique and Color Theory Essentials - to fast-track your understanding of watercolor and its unique qualities. 

I set a new goal [in 2008] of learning to paint with watercolor. As soon as I told myself I would do this, my next thought was, "But you're too old - 45 years too old." You've missed your chance, and you have no formal training". This was followed by an absolute miracle of a thought "wait a minute – the next five years will pass whether you do this or not. Why not find out what's possible?" 

Art Classes Art Instructor Artist Jana L Bussanich Artist Watercolor
Read now

Yellow Couch Conversations about Contour and Drawing on the Picture Plane

Why practice contour drawing: Working simple allows us to focus on hand-eye coordination without becoming distracting things like shading or other details that make it difficult to practice. The Yellow Couch Classroom is an online learning community for those interested in exploring painting in watercolor with Jana L. Bussanich Art. We provide high-quality art instruction by qualified instructors and coaches.
Read now