Author Archives: Jo Myers-Walker

Tech for teaching

I’ve tried different setups over the years to give my students a better view during demonstrations, and I brought my favorite system yet to the Octagon watercolor workshop earlier this month. Without some kind of apparatus for viewing, there may … Continue reading

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Cards to help fight ALS

When the weather forecast turned blustery, this year’s Walk to Defeat ALS® turned into an Open House, inside on the concourse at Principal Park in Des Moines. I used the occasion to introduce a new set of notecards — “Family … Continue reading

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The Iowa Watercolor Society’s (IWS’s) Annual Meeting, Luncheon, Demonstration and Awards Ceremony is held at the end of each summer’s IWS Annual Exhibition. It’s a great way to meet fellow Iowa artists, and learn from each other and from the … Continue reading

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Art in Omaha

I had 17 talented students in my watercolor class last week sponsored by Barb Bishop and Omaha Artists, Inc.  My painting “Patience” made the trip to be an example for the class, and students worked from a photo of “Emma” … Continue reading

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Plein air in Amana

Catiri’s Fresh Paint is an annual plein air painting competition hosted by Catiri’s Art Oasis in Amana, Iowa. They stamp your paper then you paint like crazy, and bring it in at the end to be juried. This year’s event … Continue reading

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West Des Moines workshop

My watercolor workshop at Artisan Gallery 218 focused on the figures that bring a painting to life. We painted flowers as a warmup, plenty of little chickens to practice with colors, and animated figures the rest of the time. The … Continue reading

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Paintings at La Poste

Update:  This year’s IWS Annual Exhibition in Perry has now ended. See the post “Well-traveled” for a followup! I’m honored to have two of my paintings in this year’s Iowa Watercolor Society (IWS) Annual Exhibition. Here I’m dropping them off … Continue reading

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South Amana swap meet

Jeanette and I have been to The Great South Amana Swap Meet & Farmer’s Market on a couple of Fridays this summer, selling Creating for a Cause cards and enjoying the atmosphere. There are musicians playing, people selling all kinds … Continue reading

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Amana workshop 2019

It’s always a pleasure to return to beautiful Amana, this time to lead a four-day Artistic Journal Making workshop at Amana Arts Guild. The workshop was part of the Art Iowa Workshops offered every year in cooperation with Grant Wood … Continue reading

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Remembering Charles Reid

I was saddened to learn of the death of artist Charles Reid, whose painting style I admire and whose teaching has been an inspiration. My sketchbooks tell the stories of his workshops I was fortunate to attend (one in 2010 … Continue reading

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