July 18, 2020

"Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we are" - Brene Brown

What is Artistic Authenticity

Artistic Authenticity is about the process of opening up and allowing ourselves to be spilled into some form of creativity. It is not about getting "atta boys". It is deeper than that. It is about having the courage to be you in the world. Authenticity takes courage. It is risk taking, It doesn't behave according to popular opinion. It doesn't try to shock others. It doesn't try. It is like a caged tiger pacing in its cage, waiting for the door to be opened so that it can run free. Unlike the tiger, the door to your authenticity can olnly be opened by you. If your door is always open, congratulations!!! If not, and you want to be authentic, you must open the door. The door is not locked. It is simply closed.

Why is my door closed?

I struggle a lot with artistic authenticity. I battle many obstacles before I even move...

February 7, 2020

This June, Join Kim and fellow travelers on an adventure through Normandy, France.

Visit Paris, Giverny, Etretat, and Honfleur. Stay in boutique hotels and unique chambre d'hotes. Eat delicious french cuisine and drink fabulous wine or beer. Tour art museums and breathtaking sites. Travel in a private van and picnic along the Seine. Learn more....

October 8, 2018

      Maurice Predergast's Boston sketchbook watercolor.

              Kim Weissenborn's completed demo.

October 7, 2018

                   Winslow Homer's "Breaking Storm".

                Kim Weissenborn's completed demo.

October 6, 2018

                             Winslow Homer's "Bermuda"

              Kim Weissenborn's completed demo.

October 6, 2018

                        Winslow Homer 's "Noreaster".

                    Kim Weissenborn's Completed Demo

October 6, 2018

Paint on Partially Wet Paper

  1. Start by wetting the paper randomly.

  2. Using objects around the house begin painting lightly making an impression or the object. Let the paint go outside the lines. Don't push the paint around, let the paint do what it want. 

  3. Let it dry completely.

  4. Finish the object without covering all the underpainting (the original application). 

These are some examples from students in my class.

October 1, 2018

Use Your Non Dominant Hand

Wanting to paint more loosely? Try painting with your non dominant hand for a day. This way you won't stay in the lines and you will have more expression to your line. 

Here are some things to try:

Spice cans

Kitchen utensils

Things in your purse




Compose with pencil one of your favorite items

Draw with your dominant hand

Find your color scheme

When ready to paint, paint with non dominant hand and a large brush you don't normally work with.

Do several paintings this way.

March 9, 2018

Gorgeous results from people with Alzheimer's.

 These are made from paper plates! I wanted to use what I had around the house. I was amazed at the results.


Paper plates, the cheap kind, 3 per participant

Staple gun

Dick Blick Liquid Watercolors



Water for rinsing

Black Construction Paper


Tacky Glue or Elmers


1. Precut big flower, medium flower, small flower and two leaves except for the smallest center flower.

2. Hand out paper plate with small flower and have them paint it in pinks and reds and purples.

3.Hand out biggest flower shape next and have them paint it with pinks and reds.

4. Hand out middle flower next and have them paint it in oranges and yellows.

4. On biggest flower, staple two petals together to make the flower close slightly.

5. On middle flower, staple two petals together to get the same effect as first.

6. On the smallest flower staple two petals together to continue the raised effect. 

7. Staple all three flowers together through center. 


March 9, 2018

What a beautiful project for people with Alzheimer's. They were all smiling at their results.


Photo of birds printed on cardstock. See below.

Dick Blick Liquid watercolors

Watercolor brushes

Googly eyes

Craft Feathers

Light colored oil pastel or crayons

Black Construction Paper


Elmers glue


1. Print out one image of birds for each person

2. Have them paint the birds with warm colors first. Then put warms away and bring out the cool colors. (If you don't do this step, they will mix all the colors and make gray.

3. Cut out birds. (Volunteers are helpful here).

4. Glue birds to black construction paper.

5. Draw branch with light crayon or oil pastel.

6. Let them choose 4 to 6 feathers and apply  with glue.

7. Glue googly eyes.

8. Have them name their birds.

9. Hold up each persons work and praise.


As always, a lot of assistance is necessary. Go at a slow pace. They are not in a hurry. At each step I show them my finished birds and remind them what we are doing. I ask, what is...

March 8, 2018

Make Saint Patrick's Day Pins - St. Patrick's Day is coming up and I wanted to have the seniors make something they could wear for the day. I decided to make shamrock pins. 


  • 140 lb watercolor paper

  • Watercolors (green light, green dark)

  • Watercolor brushes #6 (small)

  • Water containers

  • Black permanent markers (medium)

  • Scissors

  • Pin backings (Michael's)

  • Hot Glue or Tacky Glue

  • Picture of a Shamrock


  1. Cut shamrock shapes from the paper big enough for the pin backing  3" x 3" 

  2. Introduce the the history of St. Patrick's Day/Significance of the Shamrock

  3. With pencil have them put a dot in the center of each 3" x 3" square of paper

  4. From the dot make 3 heart shapes, filling the paper

  5. Draw a  shamrock stem in between two hearts

  6. Trace the shamrock drawing with the permanent marker

  7. Fill the shamrock with light green paint

  8. Cut out the shamrock leaving an 1/8" border

  9. Flip...

January 12, 2018

Art Projects for people with Alzheimer's.

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