So Many Paintings Waiting To Be Created

Hello everyone,

I hope all of you are getting a great start to 2019! 

January tends to be a month where many artists (including myself) do a lot of planning and dreaming about what can happen in the coming year. It is a "back to the drawing board" season for me, but in the best sense possible! And I am full of inspiration and new ideas.

I am still ironing out some of the big plans for this year, but for now here are a few exciting things to note:

I have added a new workshop! On Saturday, February 23rd from 12:00 - 2:00 I will be teaching a watercolor workshop on painting roses. The workshop will be held in a beautiful studio space in Uflora (Newberg, Oregon). The cost is $65 per person and I will be capping the class at 10 people. I will be bringing all of my favorite supplies for you to use and I will be teaching a couple different approaches to painting different varieties of roses. I know it will be a great time! Please let me know if you are interested because I have a feeling these slots will go fast. 


This March I will be returning to Nicaragua! A dream I have had for a while is to bring some of my favorite supplies along with me to bring to my friends in other countries. I have realized what a privilege it is to have nice materials! So many of my friends in third world countries have never seen real art supplies before. Most of them create art with whatever they can find - often times house paint and even nail polish! I am excited to see what artwork comes from this. Stay tuned on this one... I am planning a whole show around this concept in the near future!

Lastly, I have been getting a lot of great of great feedback from this last years Europe show! Thank you to each of you who have encouraged me and bought paintings! Looking into the future I am planning a new trip based around the requests from those of you hoping to get your own painting from abroad. For me this is a very fun aspect of my painting travels - in many ways it is all of you who help me decide where to go! So far I have gotten requests to paint Ireland, Salisbury, the Lake District, and the rugged countryside of Scotland. To me this looks like it will be another trip to the UK which makes me very excited!! I do not have dates of travel yet but if you are interested in a piece from any of these places mentioned, please let me know! 

As I sit in a coffee shop writing this letter to you as the slushy snow/rain falls from the sky, I am dreaming of the Arizona sunshine. This last week, I had gotten the amazing opportunity to study under an incredible artist, Daniel Keys, at the Scottsdale Artist School. It was good for the soul! Now I am excited to play around with my new Rosemary paintbrushes and all of the new techniques I learned in oil painting.

(Here is a painting from my week at the Scottsdale Artist's School!)

(Here is a painting from my week at the Scottsdale Artist's School!)

So many paintings are just waiting to be created and discovered. I am looking forward to another year of sharing my journey and my artwork with you!

Cheers to 2019!

~Christine Joy 

Artful Autumn

Hello everyone,

I can’t believe it is already mid-September! To kick off this autumn season, I have some exciting shows and painting workshops that I would love to share with you about.

The Grand Reveal 2018 is just around the corner!

I have spent the last 6 months painting for this event, and I can’t wait to share all I have been creating. I have kept all of my plein air paintings top secret (even from my roommates, my mom and social media!). On the day of the show opening I will give an artist talk, and there will be snacks and wine tasting as well!

There will be a special opening and artist reception on October 14th from 2pm-5pm where everyone who pre-purchased paintings will be able to see them for the first time and take them home (at the end of the show at 5pm).

There are also many new unreserved paintings that will be for sale and showing for the first time as well.  

The Grand Reveal will be held at the same location last year - Anam Cara Cellars in Newberg, Oregon.


In Other News...

I will be having a special showing of the The Golden Hour Series this winter!

These paintings are some of my most loved paintings that I have created this year. During the golden hours of the day, there is something interesting that happens… the colors are warm and the light sparkles through the trees. This series of paintings is me exploring this feeling with paint. I am excited for the opportunity to share all I have been learning with you in my new artwork!

This show will be taking place at the lovely Bush Barn Art Gallery in Salem, OR from November 10th through December 23rd.

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One of my most frequent questions I receive is if I teach any workshops…and now the answer is YES!

Here are the two classes I am offering this fall:

Plein Air in the Vineyard (Newberg) - Saturday, October 20th

Here we will be painting outside at Nicholas Vineyards in acrylic paint on canvas. I will lead a step-by-step on how to paint a scene outside! I will be supplying all of the canvas, easels and paint unless you have specific supplies you would like to bring from home. In addition to painting, there will be wine tasting and a tour of the vineyard! (max. 18 people) cost: $50


Painting Florals from Life in Watercolor (Newberg) - Saturday, November 17th

In this class I will be demonstrating how to paint floral and botanicals from life en plein air.  I will be sharing a couple of my watercolor techniques for artists at beginners level through advanced. Everyone will be able to choose some fresh cut flowers from Ufloras selection to paint from, and take them home as well as their new artwork! I will be supplying all of the great quality art supplies you will need to create your works of art. (max. 10 people) cost: $50


Let me know if you are interested in joining one of these workshops! I would love to have you join me! I have a feeling these open spots are going to go quickly so don’t hesitate to send me an email at

Happy fall everyone!

Cheers to a new season,

Christine Joy

Summer Time Painting Time

Hello everyone & happy summer!

I am now back in AMERICA!

For about two weeks I have been home from my adventures in Europe—I am happy to report that jetlag is finally no more! I was gone for about 2 months and got to see 5 different countries while I was away. I saw the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, England, and Scotland!

My original plan wasn’t to stop in Scotland, but an unexpected opportunity popped up to visit some friends in Edinburgh and I couldn’t pass it up!

In Prague, we got a personal tour from my lovely sis who had been studying abroad there for her last semester of college.

While in England, I got to see not only Westminster Abbey but my dear friend Ruth who is living and painting in Bath for the summer.

It all went by to fast!  All of my artwork has made it home safe and sound, and I still have many other inspirations that are waiting to be painted! I am filled to the brim with great stories, adventures, and inspiration.

Although I am home from all my adventures, that doesn’t mean things are going to slow down. Summer is the artist’s busiest time of year and I am hitting the ground runnin’!

I have a wonderfully jam packed summer, and would love for you to be a part of it!

To start, this week I am spending my time painting in lavender fields. For another year I have decided to participate in the Lavender Paint Out with around 100 other local artists. The next couple weeks we will be painting en plein air amidst the bumblebees and flowers in the various lavender fields throughout the valley. Then, finally, all of the artwork that is created will be displayed at the Chehalem Cultural Center on July 14th - 15th as a part of the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival. While I will be posting some photos of my painting progress, I would love for you to see my paintings in person that weekend! Come see some pretty paintings, smell some lovely lavender and maybe, if you are feeling adventurous, try a lavender treat from one of the many cool vendors that will be there!

For more information about the Lavender Festival check out:


In between painting for the Lavender Festival, I am busy preparing for the Bellevue Festival of the Arts! This will be my first time participating at Bellevue and I am so excited. It is one of the most well attended and well known arts festivals in the NW and I am ready for all of the fun and craziness that will certainly ensue!

Many of the paintings that I will be showing are brand new works that I have never shown before and that I have made with Bellevue specifically in mind. I am excited to finally be close to exhibiting these pieces!

Come visit my booth and get a first look at my newest work.

Admission to the festival is entirely free; the festival runs from July 27th - July 29th.

More information here:


Other things to keep on the radar:

My big art show, the Grand Reveal Show 2018, is going to be on Sunday, October 14th at Anam Cara Cellars in Newberg, Oregon.

This is the show where I will be revealing all of the new paintings that I have created/will create of my travels in Europe – 13 of these paintings were pre-sold before I left and this will be when the patrons will get to see and take their pieces home!

If you were at last year’s show, you know how special and fun it was. I am looking forward to another great show!

Additionally, I will be having a special showcase at the Bush Barn Art Gallery in Salem, Oregon beginning November 10th through December 23rd. I know that sounds a bit far out, but hey, they are already selling Halloween decorations at the store!

Well that is all for now folks—I will keep you posted on other fun things to come!

I wish a fun and safe 4th of July to you all!


~Christine Joy