Sharing Your Experience With Others

For a number of reasons, I believe artists should share their experiences with others.  First of all, that’s how we all learn something.  And if that’s true, then we have an obligation to do this for others.

Demonstrations & Workshops 

I don’t think I had much help preparing for my first demo. It was like a baptism of fire! This can be quite a challenge for a plein-air watercolor artist, but fortunately for me, I’ve painted indoors, so I felt I could handle the task. Once underway, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be… (learn more)

Managing Group Exhibits

If you think it’s important to exhibit your work, you need to learn about what’s involved with managing a group exhibit. The sooner you yourself manage an exhibit, the better. You’ll develop a lot more respect for the people who do this sort of thing! Managing a group exhibit is quite different than managing your own exhibit, though there are certain similarities. One or the other helps you with both… (learn more)

Serving on Art Associations

At some point in time, you’ll be asked by someone on the board of directors to serve your art association in some capacity. But you may be moved to volunteer your services. In addition to running exhibits, there are many roles you can play: newsletter editor, secretary, treasurer, membership chair, speaker chair, demo chair, workshop chair, vice president, and president. For an organization that has its own gallery, there would also be a gallery director. For an organization which owns a building that must be cared for and maintained, there would be a building committee… (learn more)

painting of beached boats, morrow bay California

Click Picture to Purchase: “Beached Boats, Morro Bay, CA”


At some point in your career, you’ll want to share what you’ve learned about art with others, particularly other artists, however experienced they may or may not be. You may even need to do this in order to earn some additional income, or you may simply want to do it just to give something back to others. Many of us learned about art from some very special people. I certainly did.  So I teach to return in part what someone once did for me… (learn more)

Writing about Your Artwork

Writing about your artwork is also a good thing to do. After all, writing and painting are both forms of composition. And writing stimulates the kind of thoughtful, critical, and introspective thinking that can help you further develop your craft. When we examine where we are, we can figure out what we need to do to get where we’d like to be. So writing about painting can help facilitate this process of invention and discovery… (learn more)

Continuing the Effort

One learns a lot about painting along the way. But you’ll only learn if you paint. Neither will occasional painting do the trick. You have to paint days in a row to accomplish your best work. I’ve found it practical to paint at least four days in a row whenever I can. On that fourth day I usually produce my best painting. It’s even better to paint continuously for longer stretches of time… (learn more)

painting of a fishing boat, fishing boat at dock, dock and boat painting

Click Picture to Purchase: “”Maggie,” Terminal Island”

Douglas Stenhouse also wrote a book about watercolor painting.

“I decided to write about how I paint, not only to share my observations with others, but also, frankly, to do some self- examination. I wish I had done this earlier in my life! But then, how was I to know I’d benefit from doing so, certainly at a time when I had no aspirations of becoming a professional artist.” 

To learn more about Doug’s Watercolor Painting Book and/or purchase a signed copy, click here.

Douglas Simms Stenhouse, watercolor artist, transparent water color art, watercolor painter, painting with water colors