"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." - Georgia O'Keeffe

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chris Beck Watercolor Workshop

Hello Everyone,

Gosh, I haven't done a blog entry in a long time but I'm so excited to share my recent workshop experience that I just returned from!

This past weekend (October 20th and 21st) I attended Chris Beck's watercolor workshop held at Guy Magallanes' studio in San Carlos, CA

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I drove up north on Wednesday (the 17th) to visit my Sister-in-Law, Cheryl in Los Gatos and stayed with her for two nights. It was great visiting with her!

On Friday I headed up to Belmont and checked into my "home away from home", the "Hyatt House-Belmont / Redwood Shores" which was a short distance from there to San Carlos for the workshop.

I've always admired Chris Beck's watercolors! She is an amazing painter that has a precise style and painting method. She is also a very good teacher and fun to be around! I learned some of her techniques, information on the materials she uses and also a few experimental methods of working with watercolor that were new to me!

Chris Beck starting her watercolor demo

She chose to demonstrate the way she paints with her "Dippy Duck" image, one of her "vintage critters" subject matter. We all followed along working on our ducks! At the end on the workshop, Guy put up all our ducks-in-a-row!

Our versions of Chris Beck's "Dippy Duck".

The workshop was fun and informative. I had a truly good time and enjoyed meeting the other attendees, Guy and Chris (actually I was lucky to meet her and her Husband at the opening reception of the National Watercolor Annual International Exhibit for the first time prior to the workshop). I came away with insight on the way Chris works and learned techniques that are new to me. All in all, it was a wonderful experience!

My two "ducks", one finished & one to be finished.

My finished painting.

To check out Chris Beck's website to see her work, click here. To view her blog entry about the workshop and to see her photos, click on "I'm Painting as Fast as I Can. . .".

Guy Magallanes was a super host that supplied his studio for the workshop. I enjoyed meeting and visiting with him and enjoyed seeing his wonderful watercolor paintings. To view his blog entries and photos about the workshop, click on "my E-scapes"


  1. Thanks for your kind words, Kittie -- so glad you had a great experience in my workshop!! I enjoyed meeting you and having the chance to get to know you a bit more. Hope we'll cross paths again!!

  2. Thank you for commenting Chris. I'm so happy you are getting back into teaching workshops! I hope to see you again soon!

  3. I love Chris's work too...how fun to take a workshop from her and I love your duck!

    1. Thanks so much Libby! I'm happy I now have my own Chris Beck duck even though its a far cry from hers!

  4. This is so cute! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with The Traveling Chicken.

  5. Thanks, Karla! I'm really looking forward to painting TC but am busy with Christmas stuff right now. Soon!