Fun in planning

I love preparing for Wine & Watercolors because I get to make-up or discover a painting design for each new session.

We’ve had some spring teaser weather in March and I can hardly wait for the redbuds and dogwoods to bloom in my backyard. This thought jogged my memory of one of the first watercolors I painted. It was from live branches of flowering redbuds and dogwoods.

The painting hangs framed on my wall to this day . . .

circa 1997

Dogwoods & Redbuds             5″ x 7″             April 1997

I had no idea what I was doing but beginning attempts at a new venture are often surprisingly fresh and compelling. It tickles me to see the bottom dogwood blossom barely made it onto my painting back in 1997. To this day, I struggle with getting my entire design on the page.

Alas, I did a fine job of dry brush technique on the branches. Surely this was beginners luck!

I’ve heard from a few folks who joined Wine & Watercolors that they framed their painting from the session. Hanging original art in our homes adds beauty to our surroundings and is inspiring!

My early painting of redbuds and dogwoods inspired the design for our April Wine & Watercolors. We typically work on 9″ x 12″ paper during a session, so I adapted the design to this larger format.

From an original design by Marcia Willman

“Eager for Spring”        12″ x 9″         2015

Because the drawing is a bit more complicated than we normally do, I’ve devised a way for folks to get a feel for the design without spending the whole session drawing. The design isn’t pre-printed on the paper and we won’t simply trace it because the paper is good quality, heavy, 140# watercolor paper.

You will have to sign up for Wine & Watercolors in April to find out how we will complete the painting in two hours (sometimes we run over a little bit). Hopefully you will arrive home with a painting you want to frame and hang.

I promise you will savor the time spent painting even if you don’t favor your results sufficiently to frame. But don’t take it from me, listen to Tina Beer, who joined a March session and reserved in advance for April, “We had the best time ever. Can’t wait until the next one to do it again!!!”

There is very limited seating at Wine & Watercolors. You will receive a lot of attention and individual coaching, but sessions fill quickly.

Click the link to Wine & Watercolors to learn more and sign up for a session. Do it today!


L to R, Aimee DeSett, Tina Beer, Heather Wiechman, Maria Kessell, Patrica Thomas (not pictured),                            March 14, 2015


Marcia thrives on the challenge, camaraderie, encouragement, and support of collectors, spectators, and other plein air artists at regional outdoor festivals and while painting on the streets of urban Kansas City.

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One comment on “Fun in planning
  1. Jack line Atieno Owuor says:

    Hey Marcia,I really love your work…Nice one….

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