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A live watercolor demo with Ambassador Sophia Trinh and other fun tidbits!  
Watercolor of a starry sky, moon phases in black and gold over a shimmery mountain.

The phases of the moon by Sophia Trinh.

Dear Art Toolkit,

Last weekend, my family visited the delightful Wilderbee Farm to find some decorative pumpkins. Wilderbee is a family-run farm located just west of Port Townsend that offers seasonal u-pick and mead-tasting opportunities for the public. During our visit, my daughter selected a sweet set of three pumpkins that I just had to sketch.

Watercolor of three pumpkins in a row, and a Folio Palette and waterbrush beside it on a wooden table.

Sketching my daughter’s choice pumpkins at Wilderbee Farm.

The full moon of October is the Hunter’s Moon, as it was traditionally a time for people to gather and preserve food for the winter ahead. This year’s Hunter’s Moon occurs on October 28th, and we’re excited to invite you to join us for a live demo that week with our Ambassador, Sophia Trinh, on painting moons in her glittery, geometric style.

Metallic Moons Live Demo

Join us on Thursday, October 26th at noon Pacific, for a Metallic Moons live demo with Sophia Trinh

During this demo, Sophia will guide us through her process for painting her signature glimmery moons, using metallic paints and an image from NASA as a reference. We will delve into the fascinating realm of using geometry in our creative process and explore the transformation of a simple sphere into a moon with all its lunar charm.

Watercolor moons with dark, flowy clouds crossing over them and scattered golden dots.
A portrait of a painter looing pensively off-camera, holding a paintbrush with a wall of artwork behind them.

Sophia’s techniques will help you create mesmerizing moon and planet phases, featuring her signature metallic watercolors to add magic and sparkle to your paintings—she will be doing a giveaway during the demo, open to anyone who is watching live, so set a reminder for noon next Thursday!⁠

We hope you can join us!

We are hosting this special demo in the spirit of Halloween, the Hunter’s Moon, and last week’s shop update with Daniel Smith metallic watercolor paints. Sophia recommended we add a few more paints to our selection of gold and silver, and we’re so glad she suggested it! A reader also shared their experience of metallic paints, saying you may need a dedicated brush as particles occasionally linger in the bristles.

Tubes of paint lined up in an arch with a small paint-filled palette and brush to the right.

Other Learning Opportunities

A sketchbook opened to a page of red poppies and blue bachelor buttons lays on a table beside a palette with flowers strewn around it.

A live recording of our Wildflower Watercolor demo with artist Sushma Hegde is now available. In the demo,
Sushma shared tips for sketching bright and loose wildflowers with
watercolors, starting with brushstrokes and leaf shapes. She
demonstrated how to paint a number of flowers and their foliage, including wild roses and irises in an expressive style. We invite you to paint along!

Artist Feature: David Norwell

When David Norwell was little, his grandfather gifted him a journal and told him to draw everything. So, David did just that.

Even while studying geography at university, David’s passion was always for watercolor. His art journey led him to publish A Complex Coast in the spring of 2023, which he defines as a love story with maps, recipes, camping hacks, and the philosophy of wild foraging. “It’s the book I wish I had when I was 16,” David says.

A page of an illustrated book showing a dark camping scene and glowing yellow tent with white text over the top.

“Art has taught me science, and science has taught me art, and right now, science is in a pickle. It isn’t being heard and applied, so, as artists and activists, we have a responsibility to use our paintbrushes to communicate complex ideas in simple, powerful ways.”

A page of rope-tying reference photos, illustrated in watercolor and labeled with names and uses below each.

To this day, David carries a sketchbook and is inspired to learn about new species and observe the natural world around him. “I think a good book or painting can change the world. Keeping a journal is the best way to learn about yourself. It has been my therapy, inspiration, and a tool to travel and see the world. It has saved my life and, at the least, given me hope.”

Thank you for sharing your reflections on art and life with us, David! David Norwell is the author and illustrator of A Complex Coast, which we recommended in last week’s newsletter and is available in our Bookshop.

As always, we appreciate your support, enthusiasm, and inspiring ideas. Please keep in touch, and we’d love to hear your news! We always enjoy connecting on Instagram and Facebook, too.

Best wishes,

Maria & the Art Toolkit Team

Art Toolkit

334 Sherman St. Unit B,
Port Townsend, WA 98368

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A live watercolor demo with Ambassador Sophia Trinh and other fun tidbits!   Watercolor of a starry sky, moon phases in black and gold over a shimmery mountain. THE PHASES OF THE MOON BY SOPHIA TRINH. Dear Art Toolkit, Last weekend, my family visited the delightful Wilderbee Farm to find some decorative pumpkins. Wilderbee is a family-run farm located just west of Port Townsend that offers seasonal u-pick and mead-tasting opportunities for the public. During our visit, my daughter selected a sweet set of three pumpkins that I just had to sketch. Watercolor of three pumpkins in a row, and a Folio Palette and waterbrush beside it on a wooden table. SKETCHING MY DAUGHTER’S CHOICE PUMPKINS AT WILDERBEE FARM. The full moon of October is the Hunter’s Moon, as it was traditionally a time for people to gather and preserve food for the winter ahead. This year’s Hunter’s Moon occurs on October 28th, and we’re excited to invite you to join us for a live demo that week with our Ambassador, Sophia Trinh, on painting moons in her glittery, geometric style. METALLIC MOONS LIVE DEMO Join us on Thursday, October 26th at noon Pacific, for a Metallic Moons live demo with Sophia Trinh!  During this demo, Sophia will guide us through her process for painting her signature glimmery moons, using metallic paints and an image from NASA as a reference. We will delve into the fascinating realm of using geometry in our creative process and explore the transformation of a simple sphere into a moon with all its lunar charm. Watercolor moons with dark, flowy clouds crossing over them and scattered golden dots. A portrait of a painter looing pensively off-camera, holding a paintbrush with a wall of artwork behind them. Sophia’s techniques will help you create mesmerizing moon and planet phases, featuring her signature metallic watercolors to add magic and sparkle to your paintings—she will be doing a giveaway during the demo, open to anyone who is watching live, so set a reminder for noon next Thursday!⁠ We hope you can join us! We are hosting this special demo in the spirit of Halloween, the Hunter’s Moon, and last week’s shop update with Daniel Smith metallic watercolor paints. Sophia recommended we add a few more paints to our selection of gold and silver, and we’re so glad she suggested it! A reader also shared their experience of metallic paints, saying you may need a dedicated brush as particles occasionally linger in the bristles. Tubes of paint lined up in an arch with a small paint-filled palette and brush to the right. OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES A sketchbook opened to a page of red poppies and blue bachelor buttons lays on a table beside a palette with flowers strewn around it. A live recording of our Wildflower Watercolor demo with artist Sushma Hegde is now available. In the demo, Sushma shared tips for sketching bright and loose wildflowers with watercolors, starting with brushstrokes and leaf shapes. She demonstrated how to paint a number of flowers and their foliage, including wild roses and irises in an expressive style. We invite you to paint along! ARTIST FEATURE: DAVID NORWELL When David Norwell was little, his grandfather gifted him a journal and told him to draw everything. So, David did just that. Even while studying geography at university, David’s passion was always for watercolor. His art journey led him to publish A Complex Coast in the spring of 2023, which he defines as a love story with maps, recipes, camping hacks, and the philosophy of wild foraging. “It’s the book I wish I had when I was 16,” David says. A page of an illustrated book showing a dark camping scene and glowing yellow tent with white text over the top. “Art has taught me science, and science has taught me art, and right now, science is in a pickle. It isn’t being heard and applied, so, as artists and activists, we have a responsibility to use our paintbrushes to communicate complex ideas in simple, powerful ways.” A page of rope-tying reference photos, illustrated in watercolor and labeled with names and uses below each. To this day, David carries a sketchbook and is inspired to learn about new species and observe the natural world around him. “I think a good book or painting can change the world. Keeping a journal is the best way to learn about yourself. It has been my therapy, inspiration, and a tool to travel and see the world. It has saved my life and, at the least, given me hope.” Thank you for sharing your reflections on art and life with us, David! David Norwell is the author and illustrator of A Complex Coast, which we recommended in last week’s newsletter and is available in our Bookshop. As always, we appreciate your support, enthusiasm, and inspiring ideas. Please keep in touch, and we’d love to hear your news! We always enjoy connecting on Instagram and Facebook, too. Best wishes, Maria & the Art Toolkit Team instagram youtube facebook ART TOOLKIT 334 Sherman St. Unit B, Port Townsend, WA 98368
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