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Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden

Jeannie Vodden

Instructor: Jeannie Vodden
October 19–21, 2018 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Combine your love of watercolor, birds and flowers in this delightful watercolor workshop with Jeannie Vodden.

Students may follow along with Jeannie, or bring their own images to work from.

• Learn how to use a limited palette of only three transparent staining hues to achieve beautiful rainbow-colored layers of color.
• By mingling color on dry paper, and on wet, you will create amazing mixes of color through glazing.
• Each layer modifies the underlying hues without creating mud.
• This process of watercolor painting creates a multilevel glow.
• See and learn how to lift and move color while paper is still damp making beautiful fresh textures and surface illusions.
• This process takes some patience, practice and understanding, but the visual effects reveal an unusual depth of color which is very worth the effort.


JEANNIE VODDEN’s interest in the variety of textures and patterns found in both natural and man-made objects is the starting point for most of her paintings. She adds natural light, sometimes a figure, occasionally a dash of fantasy, and pulls it all together with a limited palette.

Her preference for the complex play of form and light is balanced by her use of a very simple palette. Starting with only three colors, and seldom using more than six, she glazes many transparent layers. Each layer modifies the last, changing the color and adding a multi-leveled glow. Though the process takes some patience, the visual effects are revealed in an unusual feeling of depth of color… perfectly suited for transparent watercolor.

Jeannie is a popular instructor of watercolor. She has taught workshops throughout California and in Wyoming and Washington State for over 20 years. She enjoys demonstrating her watercolor techniques to art and community organizations and finds the challenge of judging art competitions rewarding and inspiring.

She has shown her work in galleries and businesses throughout California. For 2016 and 2017 her one-woman exhibits were presented at Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom, CA; Double Dip Gallery, Lodi, CA; the Amador County Arts Council Gallery, Sutter Creek, CA; and Orland Art Center, Orland, CA.

A few of her many awards and activities include:
• Her work “Sunshine” was included in California Watercolor Association’s 48th National Exhibition, 2018, and was awarded the M. Graham & Co. Award.
• Salis International, Inc. Award in the 2016 California Watercolor Association’s 46th National Exhibition
• Acceptance into National Watercolor Society 95th Exhibition 2015
• Awards in the Stockton Art League’s competition at the Haggin Museum
• Acceptance into the prestigious 2000 and 2002 Crocker Kingsley competition at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.
• Awards at the “California Works” fine art competition at the California State Fair
• Honorable Mentions at the KVIE Annual Art Auction
• Many Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards
• The State of California has purchased two of her paintings for its archives.
• In 2015 Jeannie’s work was published in both Pratique des Art Magazine in France and Artist Palette Magazine in Australia.

For several years she demonstrated in the “California Works” Fine Art Show at the California State Fair, sharing her work and talking to visitors of the well-regarded fine art venue. Annually she has opened her home and studio to the public for the Amador County Art Studio Tours.

Jeannie designs a theme fair window at the Amador County Fair in Plymouth, CA, each year for the Amador Stars, the local Cancer support organization. For the 2010, 2011 and 2014 wine release by Young’s Vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley, CA, she has designed unique and beautiful fine art wine labels.

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Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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