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Painting Joy

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January 18 - 20, 2023

Florida Keys Watercolor Society

“I loved learning the 9 Aspects of Joy. I would have loved a tad more painting time but I was inspired all the way through.  The energy from fellow students was joyful and I loved all of us doing the same circles on the same sheet of paper.  I loved the meditation and the after lunch exercises - I gave it all a 10!!  Thank you, Susan” - Julie 

Let’s create art that lights us up inside! 


We are here to flourish, to see rainbows and to paint them, to be tickled and enthralled, to even eat a second sprinkled cupcake if we choose. 


  • Do you overthink and overcomplicate your art?

  • Maybe you feel like painting is too difficult and too time-consuming for you.

  • Maybe you’ve been painting for a while and would like to add more exuberance and aliveness to your work,

  • Maybe you have been feeling stuck and uninspired

  • or maybe you’ve never even picked up a paintbrush before. 

Either way, I promise to inspire & support you while you awaken your creativity and develop a more unique personal style.


This three-day workshop, Painting Joy, will energize you and lift your spirits.  You will have the opportunity to connect with a supportive community of artists sharing inspiration and fun.  A few simple watercolor and composition techniques will make creating vibrant, lighthearted paintings easy.  


Together we will practice drawing more attention to your artwork using placement and contrast and eliciting a positive emotional response from your viewers using shape, color, and texture.  Using a combination of three primary colors, you will create an array of harmonic color and value combinations. And, you will uncover uplifting personal stories and symbols to provide you with inspiration for ways to bring more effervescence into your life and your art.


My idea for this workshop came from the book “Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness” by Ingrid Fetell Lee. She identifies nine aspects of the power of joy; ENERGY, ABUNDANCE, FREEDOM, HARMONY, PLAY, SURPRISE, TRANSCENDENCE, MAGIC, CELEBRATION, and RENEWAL.  Each of these 9 aspects uses particular shapes, textures, and colors to perform its magic and by the end of this workshop, you will be able to employ each of them in ways that make your art more fun and inspiring to create and own.  This book changed how I think about my art and it could change you too.


By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Understand how to repeat and vary shape, color, pattern, and texture to invoke positive emotions.

  • Understand how to mix three primary colors to obtain an array of beautiful harmonic color mixes

  • Know where to place your focal point and how to use contrast to draw attention to it.

  • Gain confidence in using your watercolor tools and supplies

  • Create a library of inspiring personal symbols and stories to draw from

  • Shift your mindset 

  • Feel Energized

  • Feel more freedom to create

  • Create some amazing art 


Ready to get started?  All you need is an open heart and an open mind.  I will provide a complete list of supplies, exercises, worksheets, and demonstrations to make learning fun and easy.

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