Studio Notes RSS feed

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

Yes, and

We are always moving between our natural, instinctual marks that tell the world, "this is me" - this is my unique way of saying this and analyzing.  We need to practice moving in and out of analysis - or stepping back to ask better questions about our process to improve the result.
Read now

Fakes and Forgeries Opening 2021

Local artists take on the great masters
by copying their work or putting their own
spin on these masterpieces.

Now is a perfect chance to acquire a famous masterpiece at a fraction of the cost! 
Read now

Take-Five with Jana L. Bussanich Art

Question: “How do you get into the painting mindset?”

I try to 🛑 for 5-minutes and do nothing. No music. No phone. No input. No output. Just breathing. Try as I might, this is often how it goes. 
Read now

A Lesson in Constraint

...working under constraint underscores my lifelong experience to express as my artist-self, in finding my voice...I chose this series of paintings to share with this post because they are paintings done under constraint. They represent what part of my artist's journey feels like to me.
Read now

Learning about Gelli printing from Sprovtsoff Studios

Today we hosted a workshop by Tasha Sprovtsoff with the goal of using her Gelli print process to create a ground for watercolor painting. I made this print with a layer of Golden’s transparent watercolor ground, Daniel Smith’s Cadmium red,...

Art Classes Art Collectors Art Instructor Art Students Artist contemporary art Galleries Jana L Bussanich Artist Painting Urban Art Watercolor Watercolor | Tagged #janalbussanich
Read now