Watercolor Retreat at Mt. Hood

Nikki and me with our paintings of Mt. Hood. Despite the stubborn clouds all weekend, the skies cleared just long enough to paint the mountain.  Photo by:  Nora Pitaro

Nikki and me with our paintings of Mt. Hood. Despite the stubborn clouds all weekend, the skies cleared just long enough to paint the mountain. Photo by: Nora Pitaro

I’m always looking for professional development opportunities outside of the traditional conference environment. Going to a large, industry-standard conference has its benefits, but when it comes to making lasting connections and having unique experiences, sometimes they don’t fit the bill.

My starry night study.    Photo by:    Isaac Miller Photography

My starry night study. Photo by: Isaac Miller Photography

Despite going to a fine arts school, most of my drawing and painting skills have been self-taught. Throughout my years as a designer, I’ve taken more and more interest in learning other mediums to incorporate into my design. When I learned that one of my favorite artists on Instagram, Nikki Frumpkin of Drawn to High Places, was hosting a watercolor workshop at Mt. Hood, it didn’t take me long to make the decision to go.

The weekend took place at a small mountain resort in the Cascades with gorgeous views of Mt. Hood. There were nine of us, all artists from all around the country with different artistic styles and experience. We kicked off the workshop with nature walks and watercolor demonstrations. Nikki showed us some of her favorite techniques and shared some of her creative secrets that make her paintings so unique. 

I’m really happy with my new-found watercolor skills and to have a new group of ladies to look to for inspiration. 

Our amazing group of ladies!  Photo by:  Nora Pitaro

Our amazing group of ladies! Photo by: Nora Pitaro