Class Schedule



Limited Palette in Glowing Transparent Layers

3 Day Watercolor Workshop

Mother Lode Art Association in Sonora, CA

Where:  Library on Greenley Rd. in Sonora
May 15, 22, & 29 (Tuesdays for 3 weeks)
10am – 4pm
Class Fee: $200

To Sign Up contact Barbara Conley 209 532-0207, or email:
Subject matter is open to students’ choice.  Jeannie will demonstrate her techniques in a portrait and a floral.
Students may use Jeannie’s resource photos if desired.




Fur and Feathers

Where:  Double Dip Gallery, Lodi, CA
June 8 – 10 (Friday – Sunday)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Class Fee:  $250


Amador County Fair Watercolor Demonstration

July 28th, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm


Watercolor Portraits

Where:  Double Dip Gallery, Lodi, CA

September 8 – 10 (Saturday – Monday)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Class Fee:  $250


Feathers, Wings and Flowers

Watercolor Workshop in Thousand Oaks, CA
October 11 – 13
Create with me:
Using collage to create painting resource image of birds, butterflies, fairies, angels, with flowers.  Then paint your collage.  Each painting will have a personal touch. Beginners can use my images.
And/Or paint a watercolor based on steampunk ideas… It’s fun and beginners can use my image- advanced could work using steampunk themes. I have lots of resource materials and there’s tons on the internet.



Flowers and Feathers

Where:  Mendocino Art Center,
45200 Little Lake Street, Mendocino, CA
To sign up contact the art center @ 707.937.5818 or 800.653.3328
or go to:

When:  October 19 – 21
9:30am – 4:30pm

Combine your love of watercolor, birds and flowers in this delightful watercolor workshop.




Amador County Art Association Watercolor Demonstration

November 14th, 7:00 pm

ACAA Meetings:
Second Wednesday at 7:00 PM
Amador Senior Center
229 New York Ranch Rd.
Jackson, California


**In each class and workshop students will be guided in exploring unique techniques used to create translucent imagery.

  • Learn how to use a limited palette of only 3 transparent staining hues to achieve beautiful rainbow-colored layers of color.
  • By mingling color on dry paper, and on wet, you will create amazing mixes of color through glazing.
  • Each layer modifies the underlying hues without creating mud.
  • This process of watercolor painting creates a multilevel glow.
  • See and learn how to lift and move color while paper is still damp making beautiful fresh textures and surface illusions.
  • This process takes some patience, practice and understanding, but the visual effects reveal an unusual depth of color which is very worth the effort.

Jeannie will demonstrate each day…. showing step by step her methods.
Each student will start with practice and exploration of techniques. 
Beginners may work with Jeannie’s images, while more advanced students may choose the subject matter of their own choice.




Little Beach Girl






April 2013 006

Naked Ladies c2016   Spring Bouquet c2016 for web copy       Wild Iris c2017



Bella sml blue birds sml






Materials List for Watercolor Classes and Workshops

Paper:   Artist-grade cold-press paper, 140 lb. (Stretched preferred) or 300 lb. Clipped, stapled or taped on gatorboard or other hard surface.

  • Use ¼ sheet, ½ sheet or full sheet, your choice
  • (For those wanting to use my template, use ¼ sheet)
  • Watercolor pads, 140 lb., 11 x 14 or larger, are okay
  • I recommend Arches brand paper.
  • Be prepared with extra paper for practice studies.
Brushes:  Round synthetic or sable:  #2, #6, #10, #14, #16, #26 (or larger)
I like Robert Simmons White Sable brushes, Robert Simmons “Sienna”, and Princeton brushes but any good synthetic or sable brush will be fine.  

Palette: Large Professional palette with areas for mixing colors.


Winsor Yellow, or another transparent yellow (Cadmium Yellow Medium okay)
Permanent Rose
Thalo Blue or Winsor Blue (green shade)
Winsor Orange, or other transparent orange
Alizarin Crimson
Cobalt Blue
French Ultramarine Blue
Winsor Dioxazine Violet
Thalo Turquoise
Perelyne Green
Green Gold
Quinacridones: Gold, Coral, Magenta        

Water containers: Two – quart or larger plastic containers


2B pencil and sharpener or automatic pencil
Graphite transfer paper (no wax)
Kneaded eraser
Household sponge
Paper towels and/or Kleenex
Masking Tape or blue tape 
Spray Bottle
*I work on a slanted surface, so bring something sturdy to prop up your work ie: pencil box, 2×4  piece of wood 
Jeannie Vodden 1/16