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

Bessie Lucille

I spent quite a long time with my dear Grandma Bessie while painting this. During the process I saw my mother’s likeness, my own, my sisters and even my nieces showed up from time to time. Grandma was such a profound part of our lives,  She and I bought our first watercolors together!  I hope she’d like her portrait.

Bessie Lucille, 30 x 22" transparent watercolor on paper
Bessie Lucille, 30 x 22″ transparent watercolor on paper

Studio Classes Jan-March 2016, Katy, TX

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

February 1 – 29:  Post Impressionism-Freedom of Color and Design (with Watercolor and Gouache)
March 7 – 21:  Abstraction and Collage with Acrylics (see below)

Post Impressionism–Freedom of Color and Design

5 Mondays in February
Beginning Monday, February 1, 1 to 3:30 in my home studio

Be inspired by the stunning work of the masters, then try out their loose, brilliant approach to design and color. It may well give you the confidence you are looking for in your own work.  Fun exercises abound each week.  Homework & critique encouraged; all levels and abilities welcome.  Honest.  You will feel right at home.

We will look at paintings by Vuillard, Bonnard, Sargent, Homer, Gauguin, Cezanne, Trevena.

Reply to this post and please let me know which days you would like to join in.  As you know, my space is small. (my website scheduler is on the fritz). Each session is a stand-alone lesson so come when you can.

March Classes
Looking ahead,
March classes will feature acrylics of all kinds from inks to heavy body acrylics.  Some weeks will explore collage and nonrepresentational fun!

Know someone who might be interested?  Pass the word!

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)

2016 Pocket/Wall/Desk Art Calendar


Artwork by Susan Giannantonio
More Information and Purchase HERE
25+ full-color watercolor images
4  1/2 x 5  3/4″ format, Full color
Opened up to hang, the dimensions are 5  3/4 x 9″
12 months (January through December 2016)
2 weeks per page

© Susan Giannantonio, artist
$14.95 includes shipping and handling
Allow 2 weeks for delivery


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 Class Poppies

These are my Studio Artist/Students’ poppy paintings from earlier this week.  A lesson on masking.  Aren’t they grand?!

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Painting “Nocturne” was an exciting new avenue to explore.  This week I prepared canvas panels for my Studio Class students and me to experiment with watercolor.  None of us had ever tried this technique but it turned out to be quite satisfactory as a versatile watercolor surface.  Most importantly, canvas won’t need to be put under glazing (glass or plexiglass).  What a good thing!  Here’s my first try; my demo watercolor on canvas:

Nocturne, 11 x 14" transparent watercolor on canvas panel
Nocturne, 11 x 14″ transparent watercolor on canvas panel