I recently finished a watercolor painting of new dogwood blossoms that I encountered in late April on the roadside in the North Cascades. Each year I take several trips up Highway 20 which traverses North Cascades National Park. This year once again I am teaching for the North Cascades Institute's Environmental Learning Center; a list of the workshops follows. I was honored to share the painting with the marketing folks at the Institute to help promote the Nature of Writing for spring 2014, speaking events they are co-sponsoring at Village Books in Bellingham. Often when I am up at the Learning Center I see something amazing; these blossoms were among the more unusual sights that April day. Before that I didn't know that native Pacific dogwood blossoms were so green and delicate when first opening. I also loved how they looked against the huge granite boulder, with mahonia and moss alongside. The following is a list of the 3 workshops I am teaching this season at the Institute; you can read about each of them on their website and registration is now open.
Printmaking with Ink and Watercolor, May 23-25
Landscape Watercolor in the North Cascades, June 20-22
Autumn Palette: Painting the Flora & Fauna of the North Cascades, October 17-19