Watercolor: Study for Sage and Cider (and some great art links)

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a watercolor sketch of orange roses in a vase next to a white bowl of apples
Study for Sage and Cider 5×7 watercolor

Springtime is the beginning of art festival season for me, and I hope you’ll gather art-loving friends and stroll in the sunshine to say hello if you’re near either of these two events:

San Diego Artwalk: April 28 & 29, 11:00am-6:00pm Little Italy, San Diego, California

This will be my 10th year exhibiting at this beautifully organized and artist-friendly festival. It’s on the water, and in the midst of the main area of Little Italy where all the restaurants and coffee shops are, so it’s a lovely place to stroll, and eat, and be inspired.

Sierra Madre Art Fair: May 5 & 6, 9:30-5:00pm 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, California

This small but lively art festival supports the library in Sierra Madre, and it’s held in a park behind city hall, under a canopy of pines and junipers where a local flock of green parrots watches over us.


Beech Street in Little Italy, San Diego during the Artwalk, where my booth is always set up and ready to host a visit from patrons, art lovers and friends ( as well as a cousin here and there). 🙂

Painting with watercolor on a plane, with an audiobook to pass the time productively and pleasantly.

I LOVE listening to audiobooks in the studio while I work or travel.  I have an account with Audible, and they posted this interactive U.S. map of readers’ preferences. Use the slider on the right side of the map to scroll through color-coded genres and see where audiobook aficionados read more horror, or humor, or health & fitness, or money management, etc. across the continent. (You folks in New Mexico consume a lot of books!)


Here’s a Tip: Use paint chips to plan colorways in your art. Grab some colors, assemble them till they please your eyes, pull out some watercolor, and start painting. Fast & Fun!

Many of my patrons are unsure about arranging & hanging art in their homes. Paintings might sit leaning on the floor for months before collectors feel brave enough to commit to a placement with a nail in the wall. If that sounds familiar, this article has a simple list of directives you may find useful.

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For me, keeping a sewing blog for nearly 14 years has been a huge motivator to keep exploring my creativity and following my own curiosity. I sometimes think of my blog as a hungry mouth that’s always waiting to be fed. That little bit of self-imposed pressure sends me back into the studio to sew and write and finish what I’ve started. ~Abby Glassenberg

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3 thoughts on “Watercolor: Study for Sage and Cider (and some great art links)”

  1. Thanks for the encouragement, my talented and generous friend. I hope Spring is headed your way, and a bit of sunshine helps move your brushes in some brightly colored pigments.

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