Mini Workshop & Paint Along with Juror, Kristi Grussendorf

Kristi Grussendorf, our Juror and Online Workshop Instructor is happy to provide a two day “Mini Workshop and Paint Along” for 30 WSO Members, utilizing Zoom technology. There will be a visual display over Kristi’s workspace along with her computer’s audio and camera, that will allow her to instruct and speak to workshop participants.

October 5 – 6 (Mon-Tues)
9:30 am-12:30 pm

Followed by a one-half hour critique session

Prior to the start of the workshop, Kristi will provide participants with a reference photo so that the artists can have their drawing completed in advance, which will ensure more painting time.


Workshop Day One:

Participants will review and practice the techniques which will be used during the workshop including: wet on wet, charging, dry brush, and calligraphy, to mention a few. Kristi will be using a limited palette; will discuss some color mixing theory; and demonstrate paint to water ratio. The first day will end with a value study of the subject matter.

Stages, Seasons

Workshop Day Two:

Kristi will execute the painting, step by step, breaking the painting down into manageable bites with time between each section for participants to follow.

Here is more exciting news! On both days there will be a Workshop Bonus! Kristi will critique one painting for each of the 30 participants, 15 paintings each day. This will occur after each workshop day, 12:30-1:00 pm. You will receive detailed instructions where to send your image jpg, along with other information.

Kristi is an active signature member of the Utah Watercolor Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society, and the American Watercolor Society. As a lifelong learner, her passionate relationship with watercolor continues to grow and change. Learn more about Kristi Grussendorf by visiting her website!

Utah Red Cliffs


Workshop: October 5 and 6, 9:30 am-12:30 pm followed by a one-half hour critique session.

Fee: $150 for current Active and Subscriber Members.

Register: Kristi Grussendorf’s Workshop If you would prefer to register manually, please contact Barb Sulek.

Location: The Workshop will be held conveniently online with Zoom access. Information will be emailed to all participants by the Host Facilitator including access code and specific Workshop information, following registration.

Class limits: 30 participants. Names beyond 30 participants may opt to be placed on a wait list. If there are any cancellations, the artists listed on the wait list will be notified in the order that they registered.

If the workshop is not filled by September 1, 2020 with current Active and Subscriber Members, the registration will open to non-members. Note: Non-members must register for Subscriber Membership and pay the $35 Subscriber fee in addition to the workshop fee, $185.00 total workshop registration fee.

Workshop Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be accepted prior to September 21, 2020 (14 full- days prior to the workshop). Refunds for cancellations will be made after September 21 only if the workshop fills and a replacement participant is found. Exceptions may be made in the event of serious illness, accident, or death in the family. All refunds less a $25 processing fee will be mailed or refunded via PayPal after the workshop.
(See WSO Policy II.D.2.Workshops, a-d, in your WSO Membership Roster Handbook).

Judy Morris’s Menucha Workshop

May 6-9, 2019

Registration is open for Judy Morris’s workshop organized in partnership between Menucha and the Watercolor Society of Oregon

Workshop title is “WATERCOLOR • getting started • having FUN • achieving satisfaction”

Here’s what it’s all about: Painting should be fun.  But sometimes we get stuck and the “fun” is interrupted by an unexpected problem.  “Fun” becomes frustrating.  And frustration leads to unfinished paintings that might possibly end up hidden under the bed or at the bottom of a drawer.  Let Judy show you how to create paintings that don’t end up hidden… but are proudly displayed for everyone’s enjoyment.

Judy’s three-part painting process, along with her inspiration, creativity, passion, and knowledge of painting techniques that make you smile during the painting process, will help you create successful paintings and rescue paintings you thought were hopeless.

Judy’s 50+ year career as a professional art teacher has given her literally thousands of opportunities to share her love of watercolor.  If she were to simplify her painting plan into one simple sentence it would be… “Bring your toys (watercolor painting supplies) and come play (paint) with me.”

Cost to attend ranges depending on the kind of lodging chosen: $489-$640

ABOUT JUDY MORRIS: Morris became obsessed with watercolor painting when she was finishing her Master’s Degree at Southern Oregon University in 1976.  Watercolor caught her attention and changed her life. She no longer looks at the world without seeing common things in a special way.  She enjoys simplifying shapes and then filling those shapes with interesting textures and patterns that entertain the viewers eye.  Judy has been a professional art educator for over 50 years.  She loves sharing her joy of watercolor with other interested artists throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Japan… and even in Cuba and Dubai.  Judy is an elected member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.  For more information contact Judy at:

Jean Pederson Workshop: SEDUCTIVE SURFACES

5-day Workshop, April 8-12, 2019

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:  Does the process of using mixed media to build an alluring, captivating surface on paper, canvas or board intrigue you? As painters, we work on two-dimensional surfaces to communicate our ideas. The choices in the supports, medias and techniques are endless and their exploration is a seductive process! Create texture and add depth to your paintings with Jean Pederson in this 5-day experimental workshop following the Spring Convention.

BUILD INTERESTING AND UNIQUE SURFACES.  Using a variety of acrylic mediums, learn to build up interesting surfaces and intriguing grounds that can be used within your paintings or as a base for finished work. Explore techniques to achieve a variety of effects, including layering, texturizing, glazing, and more, and then use these ideas to develop finished pieces. We will be mixing it up and exploring with gesso, acrylics, inks, mark making tools, collage and much more. These techniques can be applied to a variety of subject matter, styles and surfaces to create your own unique artistic statement.

TAKE RISKS.  You will be encouraged to take risks and work beyond your traditional practice in pursuit of your own personal language. Bring ideas for subject matter that interests you. Jean will focus on both abstracts and referential imagery.

EXPERIENCED ARTIST.  Jean Pederson has been painting for more than twenty years, balancing her strong teaching abilities, and writing with her continuing aspiration to convey her ideas in visual form.

USES WATERCOLOR & MIXED MEDIA.  Her traditional practice includes referential imagery of people, still life, landscape and abstraction. Although Jean is well known for her mastery of watercolors, mixed media has become an important venue for her creative expression, and the layering of a variety of media offers Jean an assortment of possibilities within her work; quality of edge, line and texture all play a role within her imagery.

HONORS.  Jean has been honored with numerous National and International awards over the years and has work placed in the Royal Collection in Winsor, England. Jean was the first recipient of the Federation of Canadian Artists Early Achievement Award, granted for her many honors, awards, and international writing to promote art education, and consistent, exceptional painting. Her work has been exhibited internationally in China, London, England, Stockholm Sweden, New York – United Nations, San Francisco, Mexico and across Canada.

SPECIAL EXHIBITION.  She has completed a body of work for Public Exhibitions dealing with changes within the social fabric of Rural Canada. A traveling exhibit, Farm Fragments, an eclectic work of paintings, photography and sculptural installations, represents all that was left from 100 years of farming in Jean’s family. In addition to international exhibits and commissions, Jean’s work has been placed in public, corporate, and private collections, and numerous publications.

Jean is the author of Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People, and Mixed Media: Painting Workshop. Learn more about Jean Pederson by visiting her website:

LOCATION:  The Jean Pederson 5-day workshop will be held at the Oregon Society of Artists, at 2185 S.W. Park Place, Portland, OR 97205. OSA website:

LUNCH OPTIONS.  Bring either your own lunch that can be stored in the mini-kitchen, or enjoy walking the quarter-mile downhill on SW Vista Street to Burnside Street.  Nearby are Zupan’s Market, Elephant’s Deli, and Lovejoy Bakers.  With comfortable walking shoes, continue on NW 23rd Avenue, and browse Nob Hill, with its Victorians, big-brand stores, vintage shops, local designers, and a number of eateries at various price-points. Explore neighborhoods here:

REGISTRATION.  Registration is now open to all.  Return a completed registration form, (see November 2018 Watermark, page 23 & 24) with your payment payable to: WSO, and then mail to: WSO Treasurer, PO Box 6675, Portland, OR 97228.

CLASS SIZE.  We have 20 seats available for the workshop.  And, we will fill the seats on a “first come, first served” basis according to the order in which we receive the completed registration form and payment, (see paragraph above). Once the twenty seats are filled, we will start a wait list.  Should a space become available due to cancellation, we will contact the next individual on the list in order.

TUITION:  Tuition for this five-day workshop is $475 for all WSO Members (Active & Subscribers).   Individuals who are not members but would like to take the workshop, they may do so.  However, cost is $510, which includes tuition plus the $35 Subscriber fee.

Workshop Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be accepted prior to March 25, 2019. (14 full-days prior to the beginning of the workshop). Cancellations after March 25 will be refunded only if the workshop fills and a replacement participant is found. Exceptions may be made in the event of serious illness, accident, or death in the family.  All refunds, less a $25 processing fee, will be mailed after the workshop. (See WSO Policy II.C.2 Workshops, a-d.  WSO Membership Roster Handbook.)

CONTACT INFORMATION.  For questions or issues, please contact Moya Lehman, Convention Chair, at


  • WSO Watermark, November 2018:
  • Jean Pederson:
  • Oregon Society of Artists:
  • Travel Portland:  Things To Do, Neighborhoods & Regions:

Anji Grainger Workshop at Menucha

Elements of Nature and Texture

October 29-November 1, 2018

SAVE $50 if you register in June and use promocode EARLYBIRD

Join Anji Grainger in exploring nontraditional techniques to use alongside watercolors.

In the workshop you will create dynamic, textured patterns in your watercolor paintings by employing nontraditional techniques using plant materials, herbs, legumes, salt, stones and other elements. See how watercolor pigments react and leave beautiful patterns on your paper. The workshop will also emphasize composition and design principles.

  • DAY 1: Prepare one-two more starts using a unique texturing process.
  • DAY 2: Lay down the foundation on two-four painting starts using plant materials, herbs, legumes, salt, stones and other elements observing how watercolor pigment react, leaving beautiful patterns on your paper.  If time allows, begin working on Day 1 starts.
  • DAY 3: Work towards finishing one or two of your pieces.

Included in the cost of the Workshop:

  • High-pigmented liquid watercolors of Robert Doak
  • Super Stretch Spider Webbing
  • Many fun and unique texturing materials to play with

About the Artist

Anji Grainger is a painter of nature and is inspired by what the casual observer may overlook. Her goal is to give the viewer a look into the unique creations that surround us and to portray a feeling of magic and mystery. Anji has taught painting since 1994 beginning with acrylics. She studied in oil from 2002-2003 and in 2006 changed directions and turned to watercolor. Anji spent a month in Florence, Italy, studying technique and began teaching watercolor classes and workshops in 2008.

Contact Menucha Retreat and Conference Center at :

Robbie Laird 5-day Workshop – October 8th – 12th

Do you want to learn how to create colorful, flowing, and intriguing art that practically “dances” off the paper and holds viewers’ interest? Well here’s your opportunity! Robbie Laird our Fall Convention Juror and internationally known artist will be our instructor for the 5-day workshop following the Fall Convention.

Robbie’s art depicts her interest in connections natural cycles, and transitions. Her art has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions and she has received numerous awards in National and International exhibitions.

Tidal Tangle – Robbie Laird

“Whether you love realism or are more excited by the intrigue of abstraction, here is an opportunity to learn ways to create paintings that are more expressive of your personal voice!” – Robbie Laird

Robbie Laird is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, Watercolor West, San Diego Watercolor Society, and a full-juried member of the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. Robbie is affiliated with several other art associations nationwide and she is the past president of the San Diego Watercolor Society. Robbie’s had her art and articles published in many magazines and books and she has recorded workshop DVDs.

Robbie has an extensive background with art education and has been the Director of the Kanuga Watermedia Workshops held each spring in North Carolina. After completing her Masters degree in Art Education, Robbie became a Fine Arts curriculum consultant, giving workshops for teachers throughout California, the United States, and abroad.

Participants lucky enough to attend this workshop will learn how Robbie applies her innovative flowing and layering styles and techniques to create realistic and abstract works of art. Robbie strives to provide a thought provoking experience to viewers.

Ancient Twist in Time 1 – Robbie Laird

“My paintings provide a journey into the spirit of Natural connections.I want to entice the viewer to explore beyond a literal depiction to the rhythm and intimacy within a subject.” – Robbie Laird

In this workshop you will explore the underlying abstraction found in all of nature and, through the principles of design, create more personal paintings based on your choices.

Robbie will demonstrate and give assistance using a variety of exciting techniques. Layered paintings will be created with your choice of wet and dry layers of: acrylic paints and mediums, inks, and pigment sticks, as well as watercolor and gouache. You will select your own subject(s) of inspiration and Robbie will guide you through a series of exercises and studies that enable you to transition from a literal depiction to a uniquely personal painting with as much abstraction or realism as you chose.

You will begin with what inspires you in nature, follow a sequence of activities and directed steps, and discover the abstraction within your chosen subject. Discovering the Abstract Nature of Nature will enable you to capture its essence and feeling in your own personal way in your paintings.

Painters at all levels of accomplishment are encouraged to participate since the individual instruction given and adapted to each person’s needs. Realistic and Abstract interpretation will be equally encouraged.

The result of taking Robbie Laird’s 5-day workshop is a new and expanded way to use the abstract nature of nature in your own unique painting expression.

The workshop offers fun and adventure in painting. We hope you can join us!

Location: The workshop will be held at the wonderful Salvation Army Kroc Community Center, just North of downtown Salem at 1865 Bill Frey Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97301. We will have coffee, tea, water, and cookies available each day in our workshop room. No outside food or beverages are allowed at the Kroc Center, but there is a great deli, Sacred Grounds Café, within the Center and closely located to our workshop room where you can purchase lunch and snacks.

Kroc Center Deli – Fully stocked with healthy food and treats

Robbie is a very popular workshop instructor. She was named one of 20 Great Teachers of the last twenty years by American Artists’ Magazine, so we expect this workshop to fill up fast and there will likely be a waiting list due to the limitation of 25 participants.

Registration: Registration for the Robbie Laird’s 5-day workshop, Monday-Friday, Oct. 8-12, 9 am – 4 pm, is now open and limited to 25 participants. If more than 25 people submit their checks before the deadline date of August 1st, all the names of persons who have submitted will be placed in a drawing. The names will be randomly drawn and placed in the participant list in the order as drawn. The names beyond 25 will also be placed in the waiting list in order as drawn. If there are any cancellations the persons listed on the waiting list will be notified in the order as listed.

Current Active Members and Subscribers: Fill out the Registration Form and mail with a $375.00 check made out to WSO, and send to Jean Lea. A copy of the Registration Form can be found in the May 2018 Watermark. Jean Lea’s mailing address can be found in the 2018 Membership Roster.

If the workshop is not filled by August 1, 2018 by current Active and Subscriber Members, the registration will open to non-members. Non-members must also apply for Subscriber Membership and pay the $35 Subscriber fee in addition to the workshop fee ($410 total fee).

Workshop Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be accepted prior to September 24th (14 full-days prior to the beginning of the workshop). Refunds for cancellations will be made after September 24th only if the workshop fills and a replacement participant is found. Exceptions may be made in the event of serious illness, accident, or death in the family. All refunds, less a $25 process fee will be mailed after the workshop. (See WSO Policy II.C.2 Workshops, a-d. WSO Membership Roster Handbook).