After dramatic changes in Stella's life starting with loosing her beloved husband and followed by the three covid years she is settling permanently in her new home near Grass Valley, California. Stella feels blessed to have her art, her passion for teaching and all of you!
She is finalized her Bulgarian adventure after 16 wonderful years spending every summer there. Workshops, exhibits, family and friends visiting, travels...she has so many wonderful memories to cherish!
Stella is excited about the next chapter of her life journey and the new adventures awaiting! Life goes on and it is precious!!! she says
This is the reason for Stella not conducting many workshop this year. If you are interested in organizing a workshop please email Stella.
More 2024 workshops with dates not yet determent coming up...keep checking!
Ask me for lessons in my private studio: email@example.com
January 26-30, 2024
contact Stella Canfield
February, 24-25, 2024
Steamboat Art Museum
Steamboat Springs, CO
With French Escapade
May 12-19, 2024
Watercolor Workshop in Spain: Costa Brava/Barcelona
Sign up on www.frenchescapade.com/painting-tours-teacher-stella-canfield
Hurry up! It is filling fast and there is $200 off for signing up early.
Watercolor Workshop on the island of Korcula, Croatia
June 2-11, 2024
Sign up on https://www.slikamilina.com/stella-canfield-plein-air-workshop
April 2024 Exact dates to be determent
UrbinoInAcquarello, Urbino Italy
Watercolor Free Demonstration
Email me if interested to participate.
April 2024 Exact dates to be determent
FabrianoInAcquarello, Bologna, Italy
Sign on www.internationalwatercolormuseum.com
See me: www.facebook.com/stella.canfield and www.instagram.com/stellacanfield/
What Stella’s students have to say about her teaching style:
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THANK YOU for the amazing workshop! I am truly grateful to you; for your wise advice both in painting and in life.
You are an excellent instructor as you taught me more than just painting.
The paper that summarizes your workshop philosophy /concepts /and ideas is great.
I especially like Don't Correct-Just Connect! Thank you also for that.
I will be sitting in another one of your workshops someday!!!
Nancy Jenkins, Seattle Co-Arts Workshop, March 2023
"Great demonstrations and exercises, lots of information on color and design. She is so fun and organized with a great philosophy. She models loving to paint!” From a student's evaluation
“You have a unique way of blending the joi d’vivre with the serious concentration needed. People love to paint with you!”
Judy Buskirk, former Events Coordinator for Daniel Smith Inc.
This supply list is mostly for the beginners, to give them an idea of the very basic colors and other supplies that I personally recommend to start with. Please note that the list also retains my personal choice of supplies.
If you are not a beginner and already have supplies please do not hesitate to use them.
However, I do recommend using professional quality supplies, the result depends on it.
Hansa Yellow Light DS, (very cool yellow)
Hansa Yellow medium DS (warm yellow)
Raw Sienna Light DS (very warm earthy yellow)
Goethite Brown Ochre DS (earthy brownish yellow)
Quinacridone Burn Orange DS (very warm Italian brown)
Pyroll Orange DS (fiery orange red, very warm)
Permanent Alizarin Crimson DS (cool red)
Sap Green DS
French Ultramarine Bleu DS (warm bleu)
Cobalt Bleu DS (true bleu)
Cerulean Blue Chromium DS or Cerulean Bleu WN (cool bleu)
The paints above are my basic colors and are my personal choice. I use exclusively Daniel Smith colors. I do not expect my students to use the same colors as I do. Colors are a personal preference. Yet, I would recommend a warm and cool temperature of any color of your choice.
Palette: Covered plastic palette with at least 12 wells and large mixing space. John Pike Palette is an excellent choice since it is sturdier and more airtight than any other palette on the market.
Paper: 3 full sheets (more if you wish) / make 6 half or 12 quarter sheets/ 140 lb. cold press paper. Please do not cut them in advance.
My personal choice are Arches and Fabriano Artistico. Use of professional quality paper is recommended.
Brushes: There are many brushes on the market, synthetic and natural, cheap and expensive. Think of how serious you are with painting and how gentle OR not gentle you are. I prefer a softer brush (mix of synthetic and Natural hair) with a big “belly” to cary the water and pigment and also not too expensive as I am not gentle with my brushes :-) If you need help with buying and choosing brushes, you are welcome to give me a call or email me. I will be more than happy to be of assistance.
Synthetic and squirrel hair is my choice: Very inexpensive for the quality they represent. I use Silver Brush Black Velvet:
Mop (Jumbo Round) - Large,
Round #20 and #12 and #8
and a Harmony Squirrel Quill #0 as a rigger.
If you are serious about painting, I would recommend a Sky WASH 1 1⁄2" or 2" flat brush also from the same series (for painting on larger papers).
My advice is to start with at least three good mixed or natural hair brushes...preferably big! Treat yourself to it. It is worth it!
Light board: (gaterboard, foam board or corrugated plastic) to attach your paper on for support, approximately 23 x 16 /for half sheet paper/.
Misc.: Sketchbook, pencil, kneaded eraser, 2 water containers /plastic jars, 1quart/, paper towels, masking tape or big clamps to attach the paper to the board. Kitchen SPONGE! (not abrasive), masking fluid etc.
Photo references! I strongly recommend the use of your OWN photographs as references.
It is essential for expressing emotion, your OWN emotion!
If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will be happy to help you.
Here are some WebPages for art supplies:
Daniel Smith: www.danielsmith.com Can learn about the colors on their WebPages. Wonderful information there.
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff: www.cheapjoes.com
AWS Arts Supplies: www.aswexpress.com
Jerry’s Artarama: www.jerryscatalog.com
Art Express: www.artxpress.com
Dick Blick: www.dickblick.com
If you research for “artist+supplies” on the Web, you will find more.
Highly Recommended Books: all on Amazon www.amazon.com
From the hundred of books I poses these are the best purely educational books in my opinion...and curiously also the cheapest!
Drawing on the right side of the brain, Betty Edwards, $18.90
Carlson’s Guide for Landscape Painting, John Carlson, $13.46
Powerful Watercolor Landscapes, Catharine Gill, out of print..BUT at Abbe books, US$ 22.24 www.abebooks.com
Fast Sketching Techniques, David Rankin, $34.95 BUT: used $4.99
The Art Spirit by Robert Henri, $19.99 BUT: Used from $2.48
The Figure by Walt Reed, $14.38 BUT: Used from $2.36