Paint Provence and the French Riviera in October!

Eze, Valdiney Pimenta via Flickr creative commons
Eze, Valdiney Pimenta photographer courtesy Flickr creative commons

Make memories! Paint with me in October as we explore exquisitely beautiful destinations.  Timothee, our guide, has vast experience in this area of France and knows how to make every destination special.

We will have many opportunities to paint and sketch in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and many others.

We will travel together as a small group (approx.  15) visiting, sketching, dining and staying in lovely and memorable locations.  Fewer than 10 places remain available so don’t wait!  Click on the link below to read the itinerary.  At the bottom of the itinerary, click and print a sign-up form.  Mail your form with deposit ASAP to hold your place.

French Riviera and Provence October Painting Trip

Studio Classes for January, February and March 2016

My Garden Array, 22 x 30" transparent watercolor on paper
My Garden Array, 22 x 30″ transparent watercolor on paper

Studio Classes
Mondays, 1:00 to 3:30 pm
Katy, TX

January 4:  Abstract Painting with Watercolor (1 day only)
January 11 – February 1:  Watercolor Botanicals
February 8 – 29:  Impressionism and Post Impressionism with Watercolor and Gouache
March 7 – 21:  Abstraction and Collage with Acrylics

Secure your place–sign up  for sessions below.  Each class is a stand-alone lesson, so enroll as your schedule permits. Space is limited.


Botanical Classes Begin January 2016

2 Location Options–

1:  Katy, TX Studio (Space is Limited!  Don’t wait to sign up!)
Mondays: Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1
1:00-3:30, $30 per session

2:  Watercolor Art Society-Houston
Monday and Tuesday. April 11 & 12
9:30-3:30, $100 for 2 day workshop
Register Here

 If you haven’t tried this type of painting, you are missing out on lots of fun.  It should be called “play time.”  Are you looking for new, fresh ways to depict the beauty of landscapes and gardens?  Try these fresh and loosely rendered techniques that almost paint themselves!  Subscribe now!

A rather unusual supply list is below, or email Susan:

Supply List:

  • Leaves:  Freshly cut plants with printable veins, cut within 24 hours and flattened in a book. You may want to weigh down the book overnight. For best results, keep the plants flat in the book until we use them in class.  Ferns and grasses, trees and bushes with prominent veining on their back side work beautifully.  Also, interesting leaf shapes are lovely even without veining.
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Watercolor pencils (otional)
  • Rocks, flat glass marbles (floral arranging marbles), or weights for plants.  May be bought at most Dollar-type stores
  • A baggie of fresh grass from your yard
  • Watercolors
  • A pad of watercolor paper.  We will do multiple paintings.
  • Spray bottle or mist bottle of water
  • Bottle of diluted dish detergent or shampoo
  • White gouache (optional)
  • White acrylic paint or paint marker(s) (optional)
  • Paint cloths, rags or paper towels (I use terrycloth)

December Studio Classes: Set a Sketchbook Habit!

Susan Giannantonio’s Katy, TX Studio 
Monday afternoons, December 7, 14 and 28, 2015
 1:00 to 3:30 pm., $30 per session
Why explore sketchbook methods and materials?
If you want to be a committed artist, it is important to keep your hand busy in your craft!  “Time in the saddle” is the only sure-fire way to improve your skills.
Whether you are planning to take a trip,  a museum jaunt or a week-long vacation, a sketchbook is a way to make a special connection with your experiences.  Equally importantly, it becomes a treasured memory trove where your journeys’ special moments are captured.
Truth is, on your day-to-day jaunts or even around your home and garden, a sketchbook “habit” is a simple way to make significant improvements in your drawing and sketching skills, a place to record artistic goals, to make thumbnails and painting plans, write notes from art lectures and demos.  The list goes on!
Join us Monday afternoons in December.  See and try examples of papers and mediums (pens, pencils, paints, etc.) that work best for sketching.  Look at some fascinating examples of how other artists have used sketchbooking to improve their artistic skills.
Make new habits to create lasting memories. Bring your ideas to share! All levels.


Studio Classes Monday Afternoons in Katy, TX

We Reminisce, 20 x 16" transparent botanical watercolor on paper
We Reminisce, 20 x 16″ transparent botanical watercolor on paper
Sweet Spot Plein Air Geranium, 20 x 16" transparent watercolor on paper
Sweet Spot Plein Air Geranium, 20 x 16″ transparent watercolor on paper








This fall holds some special watercolor opportunities in Susan Giannantonio’s home studio.  We will cover a variety of subjects from botanicals to figure work, still life to landscape.  Pass this info along to your friends.  Limited space available Monday afternoons from 1 to 3:30 pm.  Choose the dates you are available and sign up here:


Mayville Watercolors Gallery Opens This Week

We are delighted to announce the state of NY has given Mayville Watercolors permission to open.  We are official!

2 N. Erie Street, Mayville, NY 14757
Gallery hours:
Thursday through Saturday, 11 to 4
We carry beautiful watercolors and hope you will come by and choose something special.  Put something beautiful on your wall!
On Saturday, August 22 drop by and meet our two wonderful guest artists:

Beautiful wood artistry by visiting artist Josh Martin will be featured on Saturday
Beautiful wood artistry by visiting artist Josh Martin will be featured on Saturday


The unique jewelry designs by artist Jennifer Minard will also be featured.
The unique jewelry designs by artist Jennifer Minard
Fridays we offer one hour card painting classes for beginners.
Fridays we offer one hour card painting classes for beginners.

Click HERE for information and to enroll in our Friday classes for beginners.  They will run through September 2015.