Photography 101 – Mini Camp

Photography 101 Mini Camp – Take your Camera Off Automatic

February 17, 18 and 19th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm  SOLD OUT

$185;  Minimum of 6 students; Ages 14 and over, adults welcome!


To know me is to know that I love taking photographs.  My first memories of photography are with my parent’s old polaroid that had the rotating flash bulb on top.  I remember I was only allowed to take a few photos a week because the film and flash was expensive.

In high school, I purchased my own SLR camera.  After having photos published on Associated Press, I took my earnings and bought the equipment for my first darkroom.  My love of photography continued to grow in college and beyond.

I am excited to share the basics of photography with you.  You will learn to take your camera off auto and shoot in the manual mode.  This workshop is an introduction to the core techniques that will help you get more out of your digital SLR camera. Learn to navigate the menu options of your camera and make practical adjustments in aperture, shutter speed and white balance.  We will also cover basic composition, focal points, perspective, movement and orientation.


  • Minimum age of 14
  • Digital SLR camera with a charged batter and empty memory card.
  • Laptop or other devise to download photos onto for sharing.
  • Sack lunches

We will spend the mornings in the studio going over some basics and, weather permitting, the afternoons out and about in Woodinville working on depth of field, movement and composition.




Elementary Abstract Landscape Watercolors

All age groups have been studying perspective and learning about watercolor this month.  The youngest elementary art students applied their new knowledge and skills to complete Abstract Landscape Watercolors.


We started by looking at the work of Ted Harrison.  He is a Canadian artist who created beautiful colorful abstract landscape of the Yukon Territory.  Follow the link above to see some of his work.

We talked about one point perspective, foreground, middle ground and background.


Then we completed our own landscapes.  I encouraged them to use expressive colors in the style of Ted Harrison.


I love how they turned out.  Hope they brighten your homes during this gloomy Seattle winter. IMG_1160

Where to Find my Art Work

Hi Friends!  As PFArtStudio has grown, I have decided to separate it from my own personal art site.  To that end I have created a new website that features just my art and photography.  You can visit it at


I have also added a new Instagram Account that is dedicated to students of PFArtStudio.  You can find and follow it here. Picket Fence Art Studio on Instagram. We create so much art that I am excited to have a dedicated place to share it all.


Finally, I created a hashtag for the studio.  You can find post on Instagram under the hashtag #PFArtStudio  Please tag the studio if you share your work.




Elementary Art Watercolor Landscapes

The Advanced Elementary Art class created winter watercolor landscapes.


First, they were introduced to how to use watercolor.


We practiced some basic watercolor strokes and learned how to set up our work area.


We also had a lesson one-point perspective.


And we incorporated what we have learned about value.


We put this all together to create watercolor landscapes.






They did such a great job!



Happy New Year

After all the celebrations were over and the decorations all put away and the kitchen back in order, I spent some quiet time reflecting on New Years and what it all means.


Let’s all be honest, 2017 was just a crazy year.  I’m not even going to list all of the things that happened because we are all so over saturated with the news that we all know them.  But let’s just say that the word “great” has lost all meaning to me.

We can’t go back and make it different, but we can make the coming year different.  In reality, New Year’s Day is not any different from any other 24 hour time period.  Julius Caesar introduced his model for the calendar in 45 B.C.E. but it has been changed several time since then.  But if the day motivates us to make some positive changes in our lives, then bring on the champagne.

I have changed so much over the last four years that I hardly recognize the old me.  I was really unhappy with my life and ruminating in my circumstances and the “unfairness” of it all.   I finally reached a pointed where I decided enough was enough and it was time to make some changes.  It’s been a lot of hard work, but I love my life now and I look to the future with excitement.  I can’t take back the years that I spent unhappy, but from this day forward I  can write a new happy ending.