Happy Spring!

Robins are singing, birds are gathering materials for their nests, the days are getting longer, and many flowers and trees are blooming! These are the delightful signs that usher in the new season, thankfully transitioning away from the dark cloudy, rainy and shorter days of winter here in the Pacific Northwest. Happy Spring!

This is always a busy time of year for me in the studio creating new artwork and preparing for the year ahead.

The Plein Air Washington Artists had a paint-out at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge on March 30. It was a beautiful day to get out in nature and practice plein air painting!

Plein Air painting at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

It is exciting to share the watercolor painting, Bowl of Cherries, was accepted in the annual juried members exhibition, Waterworks Online.

Use the arrows to scroll through a few photos of the painting process below.

Bowl of Cherries

17″ x 21½” | Watercolor

A few photos of the painting in process…

2024 Waterworks Online

NWWS Annual Juried Member Exhibition

Opening: April 26, 2024

Art lovers, family and friends are welcome to attend the online Opening & Awards Presentation. You may register to attend through the NWWS Website.


From the Northwest Watercolor Society:

“Juror Laurie Goldstein-Warren had the pleasure of viewing 479 watermedia paintings entered (from artists in 32 states and 10 countries) in Northwest Watercolor Society’s (NWWS) annual Waterworks Online Membership Exhibition. And the difficult task of choosing just 75 out of so many worthy artworks. The exhibition begins April 26, 2024 at 5:00pm Pacific Time when Goldstein-Warren awards over $12,000 in cash and merchandise during the online artists’ reception. Friends and family are invited to attend this free event by clicking here for a Zoom link to be sent to you.

The Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) was founded in 1939 in Seattle, Washington. From modest beginnings, NWWS has grown into the internationally recognized, historically rich organization of today with a membership over a thousand Signature, Lifetime and Associate Members across the USA, Canada & internationally.

Northwest Watercolor Society:  NWWS.org

Thanks for your interest and have a beautiful day!

Best Wishes,


Kristen Doty Favicon

Northwest Pastel Society Exhibit

Birds and their feathers, nests, and eggs have always fascinated me, and I enjoy seeing, hearing, and interacting with them. Their behaviors are interesting and sometimes surprising. Their calls, noises and songs can even bring back memories of a particular place and time, just like hearing an old tune streaming on the radio/device.

The setting of this painting is on the bank of the Necanicum River in Seaside, Oregon, on a cloudy and chilly Christmas Eve. It is remarkable how herons and other birds can tuck in their long necks and stand on one leg for an extended period. This pastel is the first in a new series of planned avian paintings and I’m very happy that it is included in this exhibition!

2023 Northwest Pastel Society Members Art Show: Celebrating Pastel Artistry

Dates: September 16th through October 21

Venue: Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA

Necanicum River Heron, pastel 18" x 24"

Necanicum River Heron | 18″ x 24″ | Pastel

From the Northwest Pastel Society:

“Join us for a celebration of creativity at the 2023 NPS Members Art Show, proudly sponsored by the Northwest Pastel Society!

Immerse yourself in the world of pastel art as our talented members come together to showcase their recent works. This event is a testament to their dedication and skill, and we can’t wait to share their creations with you.

Let’s celebrate the power of art to inspire, captivate, and move us. Mark your calendar, spread the word, and invite your friends and family to join this artistic journey.”

NW Pastel Society 2023 Members Show

Paintings shown, clockwise from top left: “An Open Book” by Bithia Bjurman, “Sunset Villa” by Janice Wall, “Nikkis Pond” by Laura Haroldson 

The Larson Gallery is housed in a beautiful new (2021) gallery building! Please call, email or check the website for current and additional information.

The Larson Gallery:  larsongallery.org

Northwest Pastel Society:    nwps.org

Thanks for your interest and have a beautiful day!

Best Wishes,



Kristen Doty Favicon