So You Think You Can't Paint!

COFFEE PAINTING classes and workshops provide a new approach painting and drawing.  All levels of skill are welcome. Whether you are a novice or just want to explore more of your own creative possibility  there is something for you in the classes and workshops.

Painting with coffee is monochromatic and therefore it involves working with just one color. You will quickly discover that painting with coffee actually makes painting easier. You will immediately begin to be comfortable with "hands-on" painting and drawing. The workshops open with easy exercises that allow you to loosen up and forget yourself and what you think things should look like. You will be expressing yourself. 
There are surprising things that happen only when you are painting with coffee.

Painting with Coffee

Painting with coffee is much easier than traditional watercolor.

  • There is a wide range of colors found in painting with coffee.

  • Layers of painted coffee create beautiful textures and depth.

  • It really is possible to relax and have fun painting.

  • You will discover an unexpected use of left-over coffee.

  • For coffee painting I like Espresso.

Coffee Painting Workshops

I have been painting with coffee for many years. It is similar to watercolor painting but easier to use. It is always available and affordable. Painting with coffee usually starts with a pencil drawing or outline.

The workshops have enabled many frightened "wanna-be" artists to experience a creative freedom they had previously been unaware of. With coffee there is nothing to be afraid of.  Workshops are taught small groups in safe environments with close personal attention and direction.  I hover over my students so they don't give up before they have really given it a chance. 

For more information about Workshops
and How to Paint with Coffee
visit Coffee Art Works.

My 15 Minutes
A few years ago my coffee paintings  caught the eye of Marin Independent Journal's lifestyle editor, Vicki Larson. She wrote an article on my coffee art and plugged an exhibit at the Coffee Roaster's in San Anselmo.  Read the article  The show introduced to the idea of painting with coffee - rather than just drinking it.  There was something "friendly" about coffee that I hadn't realized and people were curious. Their unexpected interest in painting with coffee encouraged me to start my Coffee Painting Workshops. I realized I could teach "creatively blocked people" how to paint if they used coffee instead of "real paint" just to get started. Coffee was familiar and that made people feel less intimidated - even to just talk about the possibility of picking up a paintbrush suddenly became a possibility. It became painting without paint because we all know that coffee isn't paint.

Art Detective - My Nancy Drew story

marin-independent-journal article about Nancy Nichols

My 15 Minutes
A few years ago my coffee paintings  caught the eye of Marin Independent Journal's lifestyle editor, Vicki Larson. She wrote an article on my coffee art and plugged an exhibit at the Coffee Roaster's in San Anselmo.  Read the article  The show introduced to the idea of painting with coffee - rather than just drinking it.  There was something "friendly" about coffee that I hadn't realized and people were curious. Their unexpected interest in painting with coffee encouraged me to start my Coffee Painting Workshops. I realized I could teach "creatively blocked people" how to paint if they used coffee instead of "real paint" just to get started. Coffee was familiar and that made people feel less intimidated - even to just talk about the possibility of picking up a paintbrush suddenly became a possibility. It became painting without paint because we all know that coffee isn't paint.

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,'  then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced."  Vincent Van Gogh