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How to Create a Story in Your Watercolor Painting with Gayle Weisfield

  • Monday, September 11, 2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • On a Private Estate in Zionsville, IN.
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  • 3-day Workshop. Lunch included. Supplies not included.
  • 3-day Workshop. Lunch included. Supplies not included.

How to Create a Story in Your Watercolor Painting with Gayle Weisfield from Taos, New Mexico.

September 11 - 13, 2023. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. LUNCH INCLUDED. Space is limited.

On a private estate in Zionsville, IN.

3-day Workshop Price: $177 for WSI Members. $237 for Non-Members. Lunch and snacks are provided each day. 

Join other watercolor artists on a journey as Gayle guides you through creating a story in your painting. This workshop will take place outside (weather permitting), with space to move inside if necessary. Plan on sketching, plein-air-painting, and a group critique in a theatre setting. Gayle will provide the supply list needed for this workshop. The address for this workshop in Zionsville, IN will be provided to you after registration. This class is for adults, some experience required. Participants are invited to stay after the workshop each day for a cocktail hour (optional).

Learn More about Gayle! Watch this interview: . Visit these websites: , .

A few photos of the grounds on the estate for the workshop:


Gayle's Artwork: 

Ghose Riders  Life Was Good Monastery Road Overlooking the Rio Puebl0

Bio - Western art tells the story of the great American West, past and present. This fading, rugged lifestyle sparks the imagination of artists, authors, and people from around the world.  Gayle is no stranger to western life. She grew up on a ranch in the hills above Lyle, Washington where some of her fondest memories include morning sunrises on Mt. Hood and cooking pancakes for the kids and crew. The daily chores were hard work, putting up 200 tons of hay and caring for up to 1000 hogs, beef and milk cows plus breeding registered show horses.

Ranching life taught Gayle to enjoy long hours, hard work and a darn good story. Gayle translates these experiences and the values of country life into her passion for art. 

Guided by her watercolor mentor, Phil Tylor, Gayle studied and received a BFA in Art and Architecture from the University of Washington. She soon become a professional artist, teacher, and entrepreneur. Courage, curiosity and wanderlust has taken Gayle around the world to explore the art and cultures of strange and interesting lands. Gayle is not known for letting grass grow under her feet, and describes her life's experiences as a series of different projects.  When asked how to become a successful artist, Gayle says," live an interesting life," and on that count, Gayle has kept the iron in the fire Her energy and enthusiasm has lead Gayle down many different paths. She has designed houses, patented a watercolor paper stretcher, owned and operated a rowdy rock & roll bar, two restaurants, and a 450 seat live performance theater, but painting has always been the force that shaped her life. 

Gayle is an award-winning artist and world traveler. She moved to Taos and restored three historic adobes located on the south side, near the San Francisco De Asis church in Ranchos de Taos. These are now her studio, fine art gallery and home.  Gayle lives the artists dream.  Her work is in many collections, she competes in watercolor competitions and is a signature member of the New Mexico, Taos, Northwest, and Missouri Watercolor Societies.

Notable Awards and Achievements
2022 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Award of Excellence in Water Media2021 Pike’s Peak Watercolor International Show award; Judges Choice
2019 Fallbrook Art Center, Signature AWS National Show, Judges Choice
2016 Old West Museum, Western Spirit Juried Show, Best Watercolor
2015 International Watercolor Society, Watercolor West Show, Judge’s Choice
2013 Texas Watercolor Society, National Annual Exhibition, Honorable Mention
2011 Georgia Watercolor Society, National Juried Competition, Qoro Award

Selected Publications
Taos Magazine, New Mexico
Watercolor Artist Magazine, competition back panel
Southwest Art, Artistic Excellence
Splash 11: New Directions

Northwest Watercolor Society
Missouri Watercolor Society
Taos Art Museum, “Fechin House” Taos Watercolor Society

Gallery Representation
Heritage Fine Arts Taos

Artist Gayle Weisfield is a featured in the "Quest for the West" Exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum. During her stay, The Watercolor Society will host a private tour and meet-n-greet with Gayle on Sunday, Sept. 10th; a separate event than the workshop. Check back for more information.

*Workshops do not include supplies. Each instructor will send their supply list to students. 

*If you are not able to attend, you may send someone in your place. No cancellations within 2 weeks of workshop start date. Thank you! 



Watercolor Society of Indiana

Mailing Address:

4181 East 96th Street, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46240 

Call/Text: 317-500-2275

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