Painting Into Photographs workshop coming soon!

My workshop, Painting into Photographs is now offered through Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education. A new class is coming up July 21 & 22, 2017

You can sign up following this link.

Just click on the class and follow the links. Materials will be provided but you should bring photographs of interest to you. They can be reprinted old photographs, found photographs, snap shots, the possibilities are endless! You can paint on any size photo. A description of the class and materials is on the menu of this site.

Here are some of my images of my painted photographs.

Sometimes just painting around an image in a photograph makes it take on more meaning.
Monica Bryant, Glass Slipper Between Earth and Sky, Mixed Media, (hand painted digital image), 19.5″ x 13.5″, 2016
This is from a found photograph from the 60’s in Singapore.


Mixed Media Drawing from Still Life Workshop

Paper towel roll and studio objects drawn with charcoal and gesso by Monica Bryant

Calm and challenge your mind. Draw with charcoal, gesso and acrylic medium.

  • Mixed Media Drawing from Still Life Workshop
  • Saturday April 8, 2017
  • 10am to 3pm at Womb Space in 33arts.
  • $60. plus material fee of approximately $15

Drawing can be like a meditation. In the process of drawing from observation most of us get quiet and really look closely at what is in front of us. In this class you will bring a few objects to draw from your life, or select from my selection of objects. I have old shoes, plastic fruit, toys, books, and art tools to select from.

Bring a sketchpad of drawing paper with a good tooth or texture. I will have extra sketchbooks available for purchase on the day of the workshop for your convenience. I will provide charcoal pencils, vine charcoal, compressed charcoal sticks, and white gesso and acrylic matte medium. (even some paints)  The supply list of materials we will use and outline of the class is on my website

You can sign up for the class in these ways:

Still life set up, converse shoes
charcoal and acrylic study of books and papers by Monica Bryant

Painting Into Photographs Workshop-SRJC-July 21 & 22, 2017

Painting Into Photographs Workshop 

Do you love photographs? Do you love painting? Join me for a chance to combine the two and develop new work! This workshop shares approaches and techniques I have been using over 10 years!
Bring your printed photographs: old, new, people, places, animals – any picture! You can bring treasures, found photographs from thrift or antique shops, or random snaps of everyday life. It will be amazing to create together!
Hope to see you there!
Monica Bryant

Cost: $120. (includes materials)
Date: Friday 7/21 5-8pm & Saturday 7/22 10am-3pm
Length: 8 total course hours
Location: Santa Rosa Junior College Campus, Analy Hall
Class level: All levels welcome
Class Size: 5-15
Sign-up Deadline: Registration Closes On Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Click here to sign up.


Art from the Heart at Sonoma State University February 4th 2017

ART FROM THE HEART AUCTION AND PARTY is this Saturday, February 4, 6-9 pm. This is my donation this year to be auctioned for this fun event. Plan to come!

Monica Bryant Couples and Gas Pumps 2015. Expats and local Singaporeans in the 1960’s. Created with found photographs.


Phone (707) 664-2295 • 1801 East Cotati Avenue • Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Guest parking permits for Lot A will be issued by the attendant in Lot A that evening.

Art in Public Places Committe

I would like to announce that I have been appointed to the Art in Public Places Committee of Santa Rosa. Council member Todd Schwedhelm has nominated me. I will serve until 2018.

There are a number of projects coming up that I hope many artists submit proposals. We will choose art for the new City Square in Santa Rosa, and Depot Park in Railroad Square. I will share opportunities and links for applications here as they come up.

Art is essential in a vital community. I’m glad to be part of this committee!

Art Trails Open Studios


Art Trails 2016

Studio #94

Date & Time
October 8-9, & 15-16, 2016
10am – 5pm

Studio Location
Studio 103, 1st Floor
3480 Finley Avenue, Building 33
Santa Rosa, CA
(33arts bldg, on historic Naval Air Station, off Hwy.12)


If you did not see the Citizenship Installation at City Hall some of the panels will be displayed at the open studios, along with new blue and white drawings of historical and contemporary figures.


Monica Bryant, Citizenship Installation, Waving Stripes, 2016, at Santa Rosa City Hall Council Chambers August-September 22, 2016.

Art for Life benefit art auction Sept 17, 2016

Watercolor demonstration at Open Studio this weekend June 11-12!
Monica Bryant, American Books, watercolor, 2015

Once again, I’m donating art to the Art for Life benefit auction, supporting Face to Face which works to end HIV in Sonoma County while supporting those living with HIV. It is Sonoma County’s longest running art auction that is always filled with beautiful local art. This is a treasured work that I’m offering this year. It is part of the beginning of my citizenship art work.

Citizenship Installation

Detail from Citizenship Installation
Detail from Citizenship Installation

MONICA BRYANT – Citizenship Test

Since 2012 I have been volunteering helping immigrants study for the US Citizenship Test. I work with Luigi Fabiano who arranged with Catholic Charities to help the students whose English was too weak to keep up with the pace of the course Catholic Charities offers. We offer individual help and review and have seen our clients pass the test! It is an immediate and tangible goal to become a citizen. It has been a first step to further education, a passport and sometimes new work.

Last October, when I was in Art Trails Open Studios, I was inspired to paint the American Flag and glue the 100 questions on a large paper as an installation piece. I posted the answers to the questions near by. It worked as I expected. People enjoyed the challenge to answer the questions e.g.:

  • What are the two longest rivers in the United States?
  • If the President and Vice President can no longer serve who becomes President?
  • Name two United States wars in the 19th
  • Name a US Territory.
  • What is the economic system of the United States?
  • What is freedom of religion?

In August, 2016, I will be exhibiting my Citizenship Test art work in addition to new works that are related to this subject, at the City Council Chambers in Santa Rosa. My patriotism includes sorrow for the Trail of Tears with Native Americans, sorrow for slavery, sorrow for the suffering from war. I’m also proud of so many from American History. I was married on Flag Day and feel our country and its symbols belong to all of us not one party or another. Each new citizen’s energy and talent contributes to the hope and promise of our country.

Watercolor Demo during Open Studio June 11-12

Monica Bryant, American Books, 2015, Watercolor

Watercolor demonstration at Open Studio this weekend June 11-12!
Watercolor demonstration at Open Studio this weekend June 11-12!


3840 Finley Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Open Studio 10-5 Saturday and Sunday June 11-12, 2016 3840 Finley
Santa Rosa, CA 95407


MONICA BRYANT – Watercolor

My mother Pat Potucek (1925-2011) was an award winning professional artist in Kansas. She painted murals throughout the state and painted many portraits, landscapes and still lifes. Watercolor was a medium that I started using with her from a young age. She taught me to mix and apply pigments by mixing the colors on the palette and then brushing it onto the paper. She said and I still believe, good paper is more important than the paint you use.

At the University of Hawaii in a Materials and Techniques class I took in my twenties, I learned to allow mixing of colors on the paper with layers of glazes so that there was an optical mixing of colors. After moving my studio to 33arts I discovered that it works best to keep painting in watercolor at my home studio and to use the 33arts studio for my acrylics and mixed-media works. This allows me to work slowly on the watercolors at any time of day.

In 2015, I started painting still lifes of books in watercolor. I enjoy the simple perspective of the boxy shapes and the titles and cover designs. Occasionally I paint open books.

Like most of us I use a camera to take pictures of family and friends and scenic landscapes. I also slow down and draw or paint on site. Painting and drawing is a way to “see” that truly focuses your attention. I remember what I draw or paint, whereas some snapshots are quickly forgotten. I also draw on my tablet and there is a similarity of focus when drawing that way. Creating is a way of life and it is all good.