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Artist offers watercolor-mixed media demo

Posted: February 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Rea Nagel will demonstrate mixed media watercolor painting Feb. 18 at Barnes & Noble. (Courtesy)

Rea Nagel will demonstrate mixed media watercolor painting at the Feb.18 meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Artists’ Association meets at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Community Room, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia.

“As a native of very flat Illinois, my fascination with mountains and the ocean grows daily since I moved to California many years ago. Since Southern California has a 12-month growing season, the variety of flowers and plants is endless,” said Nagel.

Most of Nagel’s paintings are watercolor, but she also mixes the use of acrylics, collage, and pastels.

“Many of my paintings are a combination of all these media — whatever gets my vision across to the viewer,”
Nagel said. “Blending colors and enjoying expressing my emotions on paper dominate my subjects. Anything I can see may inspire me and then I interpret them on paper.”

Her website is

“I love to draw and have sketch books filled with the things I have seen from the passenger seat of the car,” she said. “Using my sketches as the basis of a painting, I enjoy blending colors, since nothing is a solid tube color — I mix my colors on the paper to get the wanted results. Most of my paintings have several versions of the same scene done until I decide on the composition. To me, composition and values are what makes a painting worth looking at.”

After retiring from many years of teaching in Burbank, Nagel missed the contact with students and began teaching part time at adult schools in community centers and Beverly Hills Adult School.

“I taught at Viva Gallery and now I teach at Carter Sexton Art Supply Store.”

Come early, standing room only by 6:30 p.m. For more information visit



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