My next watercolor painting workshop is on Saturday, August 4th from 1-6 pm in Park City, Utah. This workshop is for anyone who wants to get outside to enjoy nature, paint "en plein air," learn more about watercolor, or my techniques to capture nature on paper. Read on to find out more about this exciting class and sign up to come learn with me. I hope you can join!

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"I loved this class! Bridgette was very informative. She taught in a simple and easy way to understand different watercolor principles and techniques. She also offered great individualized help and advice. The class was relaxed and yet we did ALOT with the time we had. I loved learning how to pack supplies for being on the go and finding new ways to paint the great outdoors. I left feeling inspired with fresh new ideas for watercoloring!" ~ Whitney Ostebo, workshop attendee in 2017
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"Lifting"
54 x 36 in; July 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
A lot of people have been asking about my watercolor field kit lately, so I wanted to share in more detail what I carry with me and where to get everything. So here's everything, starting at the top left and working clockwise to spiral into the eraser last.

Moleskine Art Plus Sketchbook, 111 lb paper, 5x8.25 " 

I'm a combo journaler, sketcher and painter, so I prefer a sketchbook that can do it all. This 111 lb paper takes sketches, pencil and writing beautifully. It can handle up to 2 washes of watercolor before it starts to get messy. The key here is to go easy on the water and work quickly. Sure I could get a true watercolor sketchbook like the Moleskine Watercolor Album Sketchbook, 135 lb paper, but then I'd have less pages and I'd feel bad about writing my "to do" lists alongside a painting. A choice of sketchbook is very personal. I'm not completely sold on these, but I appreciate their lay flat design, the stretchy bungie to keep it closed and the classic black exterior. I like covering them with stickers, like this one  from She Explores.


An Old Rag 

I carry an old rag with me in my kit to help clean brushes, sop up messes or blot paintings. Honestly this is an old washcloth that I've had since I was like 4 - it's practically a family heirloom. You could also carry paper towels, but this is way better for the environment. Throw it in the wash every once in awhile.


Montval Canson Watercolor Block, 6x9"

When I want to paint on real watercolor paper, I grab this handy little watercolor block. This is 140lb paper and is already glued down, so you don't need tape or anything to hold you paper down in the wind. This is good decent paper in a really great size to fit in your backpack or satchel.






Wooden Stick

A wooden stick is handy for a number of things - putting your hair into a bun when you forgot a hair tie, poking & scratching things, but mostly it's to make marks in wet watercolor. Use it to scrape paint away, draw lines in the paint, or push it into small spaces.


Daniel Smith Watercolor Tube, Indigo

My paint kit is pretty good on colors, but it doesn't come with indigo, which is my all time favorite color. So I squeeze some extra into the palette and use it in every painting. One of the biggest lessons I've learned as an artist - use whatever colors you like and make you happy.







Holbein Artists' Gouache, White

For the times negative painting just won't cut it, you just need white. Holbein Artists' Gouache is an opaque white that mixes great with all your watercolors. So any time you need to go opaque with your paints or need to add white on top, squeeze out what you need into your palette. Note, unlike watercolor pans that just need water to activate, gouache dries out and is then done. So only use what you need for a given sitting.






Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Compact Set

Back when I first started painting with watercolors, I picked up this compact palette. It seemed like a good mix of colors and palette size and a good price. Even after all these years, I still use the same set and am still quite pleased with it. There are a number of different size options and color sets. Pick the one that speaks to you. Remember, you can always change out the colors if you don't like them. You can buy new half pan watercolors for this kit here in any color you like. And if you run out, you can always squeeze watercolor from the tube straight into the empty pans. These are so easy to travel with and you can take them through security when flying.


Prima Marketing Classics Watercolor Palette 

My Winsor & Newton palette was stolen along with my purse and sketchbook last month, so I picked up this new black metal one, which I love. I swapped out a couple of colors that didn't work and I also love the finger loop on the bottom of the palette to get a better grip.


Pental Arts Aquash Water Brush, 3 pack Assorted Tips

I have spoken ad naseum about water brushes. I love them and don't go anywhere without them. I use these exclusively when I am painting on the go. You fill the reservoir with clean water, then dip the wet brush into your palette and paint away. If you need more water, squeeze the reservoir and more will come out. To clean, simply squeeze water and wipe the brush on your rag. I paint with these in the car, on the plane, sitting on the top of a mountain or in my living room. There are many brands out there, but this is a good buy and you get 3 sizes.




Drawing Pencil, HB

Draw with whatever pencil you like. The one from your junk drawer, your kids school pencil, a fancy graphite thing. Whatever you like. For my field kit, I happen to like HB pencils. The HB refers to the hardness of the graphite and in this case HB is pretty soft and light. That way my under pencil sketches aren't obvious, don't make hard marks on the paper and are easy to erase.







Sanford Prismacolor Pencil, Black 935

There are times however when I want to sketch and when I do, I switch to a black Prismacolor Pencil. This is just a black colored pencil. The beauty is you can sketch, shade, create gradients, but it won't smear. I hate smearing a graphite drawing, especially in you're beautiful sketchbook! Don't smear.








Pentel Arts Hybrid Technica, 0.3mm

In my sketchbooks, I also journal a lot. I write about my day, my dreams, painting ideas, our travels. But I am super picky about my writing tools. Right now I'm way into these Pental Arts Hybrid Technicas. I use the 0.3 mm thickness, but comes in thicker as well, 0.4-0.8mm. For some reason, I just really like the fine lines this creates, it doesn't smear or leave drops. It's a clean, precise pen. If they could make the ink waterproof it would be the perfect pen.







Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens, Set of 4

Speaking of permanent, waterproof pens. For linework and and pen drawing where I use watercolor, I use these Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens. I bought this 4 pack with a S, F, M and B sizes. Somehow I've lost he F & M, but I have the Small and the thick Bold one still. You may be familiar with Micron pens, which are very popular. These Faber Castells are the same thing, but I seem to have better luck with these tips. I was always destroying Microns, so I found these. Use whatever you like, it's a personal preference.




Standard Compact Pencil Sharpener

I wish I had a fancy, pretty brass pencil sharpener like these!! But I just have a boring 2-hole silver one. Frankly, you probably have a pencil sharpener in your junk drawer or in that box of school supplies from college, or your kid has one they don't use anymore because they do all their school work on a computer now. BUT, if you don't, get one of these to make you happy when you sharpen pencils.






Standard Eraser

There is nothing special about my erasers, they just have to erase. And I've used the same one for years now. 


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I am very excited to announce my representation with Old Main Gallery in Bozeman, MT. I've been admiring the work at this gallery and as luck would have it, they were admiring my work as well. So we made a happy agreement to work together. In June, we delivered a whole new slew of paintings up to Bozeman, so if you are in the area, please stop in to check out this gallery and my newest works.
"Entice"
25 x 40 in; June 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Nebulous Hour"
47 x 28 in; June 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Keen"
38 x 12 in; June 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery
Announcing my next Creative Meetup! Come be creative and make some art on Sunday, July 1st on top of PC Hill in Park City. Bring your sketchbook, your paint set, your pencil or pen, bring your camera, your guitar, or your dancing shoes and join us for a couple hours of creativity. We'll enjoy sights of Park City from on top of our iconic hill.

We will meet at the bottom of the trailhead at 5:30 and then hike up. If you come a little late and no one is there, just hike up on up and find us at the top. You might want to bring a portable chair or blanket to sit on while you practice your art. As always, weather can be unpredictable, so come prepared with a jacket, sweatshirt or other appropriate wear depending on the weather. You may also want to bring snacks, a picnic dinner or beverages. This event is totally free and open to the public - your family, friends, and kids are welcome, but please leave your dogs behind (or else it will get crazy).
"Incisive"
36 x 36 in; June 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery
"Discerning"
40 x 30 in; June 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery
Yesterday's Plein Air Paint Out at the Park City Nursery was so fun. I went out of my comfort zone of my normal clouds and mountains to paint this darling scene of two chairs near a babbling brook under the shade if a large tree. I had no expectations going into the competition and was surprised when it turned out so well. Thanks to Gallery MAR for bringing us all together, Park City Nursery for hosting and the libations, and all the amazing painters who came.
"Isolation"
30 x 47 in; June 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery
"Unfolding"
25 x 40 in; June 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Old Main Gallery
"Presumptuous"
40 x 340 in; May 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Diane West Art
I love painting outdoors. See that grin? That's from painting. This was at a dear friend's bachelorette party in Moab last weekend up on "cocktail rock". We walked from our campsite to an elevated rock to view the La Sals for the sunset. This was taken 10 minutes after I fell down walking on a flat gravel road and cut my whole leg up. But I didn't care - I was outside with my girls in a gorgeous spot, laughing and painting. Photo by Claire Wiley
"Progression"
30 x 47 in; May 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Diane West Art
I get a kick out of seeing where my paintings go and their new homes. Even though I've been a full-time artist for over 3 years and selling work in galleries for 8, it still blows me away that people bring me into their homes through my paintings. I am honored and grateful. Thanks to Gallery MAR and Barclay Butera for this perfect placement in The Colony in Park City.
"Inward"
25 x 40 in; May 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Diane West Art
Not only did I spend the weekend with some of my favorite ladies in the world, I also got to paint outside. It was a short session - not only was it hot, but I didn't want to hold up the group. I quickly ate lunch so I could paint these amazing fins in Arches National Park. Luckily for me, I watched the group head off in the wrong direction before they course corrected, which gave me an extra 5 minutes to paint. 
Then I packed up my gear and ran off on the trail to catch up with them. I was on fire soul-wise. Painting outdoors lights me up and I was on cloud nine after this session. It was so wonderful to spend 20 minutes with these amazing natural features and observe them more directly. Appreciation through art gives me a better understanding of how something works and what it is. When I walk away from a session like this, I feel so connected to the natural world. I plan to finish this sketchbook painting with some additional linework before I call it done.
"Seclusion"
24 x 40 in; April 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Bolam Gallery
I'm not one who worries about getting all the details right. Instead I try to focus on what a place feels like and I thought it might be interesting to show you how I got from inspiration to a final watercolor. Just the other day it was stormy and rainy here in Park City. I was driving home after running some errands and I saw these spectacular clouds swirling around the mountains. I took a few pictures with my phone and logged it in my memory for later. I zeroed in on this one mountain and clouds and then painted my version of it. As you can see, the colors are very different than what the pictures shows. Two things about that - camera phones tend to shift landscapes towards blue, making everything much bluer than they are in person. And secondly, I remember the colors differently, so that's how I painted it - I just used the photo as a reference. The painting gives you a much different feel than the picture does and that's based on my memories and feelings about the place - hence art.


"Intimation"
30 x 47 in; April 2018
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Bolam Gallery