Second Sunday Live Demos

Short (30-45 min) live demonstration of popular topics, followed by a 45-min Q&A, offered each month from 5:30-7 pm Pacific Time on the second Sunday of the month.

At this time, live demos are limited to 15 registrations and are only open to newsletter subscribers (if you’re not a subscriber yet, you can subscribe for free here).  Each demo will be recorded and posted here about 1-2 weeks after the live demo. (For privacy reasons, the Q&A portion is not recorded. (An archive of videos and handouts from past Second Sunday Live Demos is at the bottom of this page.)

We are still having problems with online booking. Booking is open for the May 12 demo, via the newsletter only. If you are a subscriber, please check the May newsletter for registration information. If you are not a subscriber, please use the “Contact” link in the navigation menu to request registration. 

Cancellation policy: You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance with a full refund. No refunds for cancellations within 48 hours of the demo start time, unless I can find someone to fill the space.  I maintain a waitlist and I’ll do my best, but no guarantees. You may give your registration to someone else to use, but please send me their name so I can make sure the moderator knows to admit them in your place. (Or have them use your name to join the meeting.) 

Upcoming Live Demos

Apr 14: Fifty Shades of Grey—The G-Rated Version (Video will be posted soon)

Do your shadows look like cardboard cutouts or dull, lifeless holes? Do you struggle with creating believable neutrals for things like tree trunks, rocks or weathered buildings? Do your clouds look like aerial dust bunnies?

Mixing your own greys can help you achieve lively shadows, believable neutrals and airy, light-filled clouds. And it’s also a great way to learn to easily and intuitively mix colors across the entire spectrum, because it quickly fine-tunes your ability to recognize direct complements.

I’ll be demonstrating some of my favorite mixtures for grey, including a secret for mixing greys to create a sense of warm light glowing behind the edges of clouds. Bring your questions about greys and shadows and neutrals—and a favorite combo for mixing grey to share, if you like.


May 12: Lively Florals (Registration Open)

No more teeny timid lonely blossoms floating in a mishmash of streaky, muddy color. In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s take a look at some tips for creating bold, lively florals in watercolor. We’ll talk about design tricks that help you handle out-of-focus, wet-in-wet backgrounds, tips for using a variety of types of edges to suggest depth and give the illusion of petal and foliage textures and how to create a sense of light falling on or glowing through leaves and petals. 

Jun 9:  Beyond the Brush—Suggesting Bark, Rocks and Foliage

Bring your sense of adventure for this one! I’ll be on a camping trip in California on Jun 9, so this will be my first attempt at bringing you a live demo on the road—woohoo! Should be exciting!  (Actually, this will be one of our scheduled “hotel breaks”, so I have a reasonable chance of a fast-enough internet connection.) 


Seems like a perfect opportunity to share some of my favorite tricks for suggesting bark, rocks and masses of foliage in landscape paintings. I’ll have photos and sketches (and maybe even some short video clips) from our trip down the coast and through the big redwoods to inspire us.

Videos and Handouts from Previous Demos

A recording of the demo portion of each Live Demo, and any handouts, will be posted here approximately 1-2 weeks after the demo is presented. (For privacy reasons, the Q&A portion is not recorded.)

Mar 10: Get Ready for Spring Plein Air Painting

Gather your materials and test your setup indoors now to be ready for plein air sketching when nice weather arrives. In this demo, I’ll show you several different options for light, packable watercolor sketching kits, and give you a few tips for selecting a manageable subject from the sometimes overwhelming wealth of options when working on location.