Expressive Still-Life Painting w/Linda James

Friday-Sunday | 4/12-4/14 | 9:30 AM-4:30 P.M.

Linda James grew up in the midwest and received a BFA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1971.
Her path in life has always included a range of overlapping interests. For over 40 years, Linda has been a freelance graphic designer. In addition, she operated a fiber arts studio in the 70s, raised a family in the 80s, became an herbalist in the 90s, and had an herbal health care practice in the early 2000s. Indigenous art forms have always intrigued her – including Indonesian ikat and shibori, aboriginal dot paintings, Native American carving and basketry, and African and Central American textiles. There is a spiritual content in all of these art forms that unifies them. It is that focused intent that influences her present work in watercolor. In 2010, she began creating one-of-a-kind handpainted artist books. Creating visual narratives is of particular interest as well as exploring the emotional and spiritual vibration of color. Her paintings continue to be exhibited regionally and are in private collections around the country.
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • 1 – 22″ x 30″ sheet of 140# cold press watercolor paper
  • 1 – 22″ x 30″ sheet of 140# rough watercolor paper (recommended brands are Arches, Fabriano, Lanaquarelle, Kilimanjaro, and Bockingford
  • Tube watercolors, professional grade. My favorite brands are Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton, DaVinci, and Holbein. Most come in 14 or 15 ml tubes. Winsor & Newton and Holbein offer 5 ml tubes as well
  • Required:
    • Aureolin Yellow
    • Cadmium Yellow Light or Medium
    • Quinacridone Gold
    • Rose Madder Genuine (WN or Holbein)
    • Cadmium Red Light or Medium
    • Permanent Rose (WN)
    • Cobalt Blue
    • French Ultramarine Blue
    • Phthalo (Winsor) Blue – Green shade
    • Burnt Sienna
  • Optional:
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Dioxizine (Winsor) Violet
    • Hooker’s Green
    • Phthalo (Winsor) Green – Blue shade
    • Quinacridone Burnt Orange
    • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Brushes – A #8 round and a 3/4″ flat (optional a #3 or #4 round). Ideally, look for for mixed synthetic/natural hair brushes. However, there are many good quality synthetics available and they tend to be more affordable.
  • Painting or drawing board – large enough for an 11′ x 15″ paper. Artist Tote Boards are one option
  • A white plastic 18-well (or larger) covered palette – here’s one example:
  • A bone folder (usually found with the book-making supplies)
  • Roll of 3/4” drafting tape, artist’s tape or Scotch-blue painter’s tape
  • Small 2 or 4 oz. plastic spray bottle

I will supply additional grid watercolor paper, pencils, water cups, paper towels, and other paints for experimentation. There will be a $10 supply fee for the paper, handouts, and use of additional paints and materials.

If you have any questions, email me at

This workshop is designed for the beginning watercolor student, but experienced artists have also found it valuable. It is a fun, no-pressure way to explore the watercolor medium! We will focus on watercolor technique and a clear understanding of the pigments, brushes and papers, but also have time for experimentation, using watercolor and abstraction as the vehicle for personal expression. Over the course of five weeks we will cover Basic Brush Technique, Color Theory and Mixing, Textural Effects, and Abstract Composition. All techniques will be demonstrated and include hands-on exercises.