March Workshop registration is now open!


Female House Finch Study by Barbara Benda ©2022                                                                   

Thanks to all of you who attended the Arts for the Holidays event at the Fargo Civic Center in early December! It was wonderful to see familiar faces and meet new ones. In addition to selling original art, Beverly and I handed out many March workshop flyers and then, we ran out of them! I hope that is a good problem to have as I have decided to limit my workshops to 12 students to offer students more space and  more individualized assistance.  I’ve received many positive comments about this decision. If you have never taken a watercolor workshop before, this one is perfect as it starts with drawing and gently transitions to watercolor in easy steps. No prior experience is required with art. For those of you who are self-taught, this workshop is perfect because it fills in the gaps with art foundations of sketching, design, color, and technique. For those of you who have painted for years, but have somehow developed rust on your brushes or have lacked motivation to paint regularly, this workshop will get you back on track. I’ve had  students take this workshop several times because it allows for you to have 5 days to focus on your progressive journey with watercolor. Are you convinced? If not, call me and I will answer your questions or address your concerns. 

Start by downloading the flyer to see what is covered in this workshop…I hope to see you in March. Sign up early to secure your spot in the workshop as it will be the only one offered in Fargo in 2023. Click here:

Beginning Drawing and Watercolor pdf

Supply List 

Soloist by Barbara Benda ©2022


The Bean Harvest by Barbara Benda ©2022

Lake Fernan at Dusk by Barbara Benda ©2022

Cruisin’ on Date Night by Barbara Benda ©2022
























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Art for the Holidays Sales Event Coming Up- SOON!

Rosebud by Barbara Benda ©2022

Mark the Date: Saturday, December 10th,2022 is the  Art for the Holidays Sales event which will be held at the Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th Street North, Fargo, ND from 10 am -5pm. Beverly and I will be there to share small works of original art, perfect for gift-giving. We will be selling our original watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media collages as well as distributing flyers for our popular March Beginning Drawing and Watercolor workshop. The workshop will be held this year March 13-17th at the NDSCS campus in north Fargo. If you ever had the desire to start watercolor, this is the workshop to take. We look forward to meeting you in person!

Our Double Trouble Gallery in Moorhead, MN will be open by appointment only from December 11th-17th, if you are interested in purchasing larger works of original art for your home or business. Please call Barbara at 218-443-1126 to set up an appointment.

The Path by Beverly Benda ©2022

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Inspiration Sparked from Northern Idaho Continues

Today’s Catch by Barbara Benda ©2022

Beverly, my twin sister, and I just returned from one of our favorite places in America: Coeur d’Alene and Hayden, Idaho, where the natural beauty of the mountains and the clean air refreshes us from the inside out. Beverly’s son Alex lives there and it has become more than a place to visit- it is now a place where we have created new friendships, experienced the beauty of golf courses, and enjoyed the friendliness of the people who live there. There will be many paintings to come on this site as I spend the winter creating art from the inspiration of northern Idaho. Beverly and I did some plein air painting at Farragut State Park as well as some studies from Avondale Golf Course and Coeur d’ Alene Public Golf Course- both complete with challenging holes and breathtaking views. We had a couple art showings at The Cork and Tap in CDA and enjoyed connecting with folks there. Here are some watercolors that are a sneak preview to what piqued our interest while we were there. Stay tuned to my website as more will be added to this site.


Lake Fernan at Dusk by Barbara Benda ©2022

On Lake Fernan by Barbara Benda

Lake Home on Hayden Lake by Barbara Benda

Beaver Bay by Barbara Benda (Farragut State Park)








Alex at Avondale by Barbara Benda

Avondale Hole #1 by Barbara Benda ©2022






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