1. new award

    The Nebraska Center For The Book has awarded PORTRAITS OF THE SANDHILLS—IN WORDS AND WATERCOLORS the 2019  Book-of-the-Year for Non-Fiction.  PORTRAITS OF THE SANDHILLS also won a second award, Best Cover and Design for 2019.

    In 2012 Schilling’s book, PORTRAITS OF THE PRAIRIE—THE LAND THAT INSPIRED WILLA CATHER also won the 2012 Book-of-the-Year for Non-Fiction.

  2. Recent Awards:

    “The Water Carriers

    The painting, The Water Carriers, won Best of Show in the exhibit, Art Through the Ages.  The painting will be exhibited in the 2nd Congressional office of Representative Jared Polis’ Washington office for one year.

    High Road to Chimayo

    High Road to Chimayo took First Place in the 2014 Colorado Watercolor Society Members Show.


    The morning dawned bright and crisp as a Colorado day in June should.  After weeks of rain native grasses stood tall and dappled sunlight pierced a canopy of cottonwood leaves.  It was a perfect morning for plein air painting . . . one that would surely stimulate the creative juices of an artist.  I was helping to organize the Governor’s Art Show’s Plein Air and Auction event that was hosted at the beautiful and historic Osborn Farm near Loveland.  Fifteen artists, whose work was featured in the opening ceremony of the Governor’s Art Show the night before, fanned over the farm to find their muse and a beautiful painting.  After two hours, the Swiss bell rang and participants framed their work and hung them in the venerable, Osborn barn which served as an art gallery for prospective buyers to peruse the gem-like pictures.  At twelve o’clock noon, John Kinkade used his professional skills to auction each painting to happy buyers.

    My oil painting of a fellow plein air artist.
    My oil painting of a fellow plein air artist.




    • **** Loving van Gogh.  Both the story line and the visual experience is unique.  It is creatively animated by a number of talented artists who paint images in the style of van Gogh.  One of the artists is my friend, Dena Peterson who traveled to Italy to create many of the panels used in the film.  As viewers become engaged in the film they soon forget that the characters are painted images.
    •  ***  The Intern (PG-13).  Seasoned wisdom collides with millennial culture in this refreshing flick by the producer, Nancy Meyers.  Ben Whittaker (Robert De Nero) applies to the Senior Intern Program at an online, chic clothing company founded by Jules (Anne Hathaway), the workaholic founder of the business that is rapidly becoming a victim of its own success.  Neither condescending nor full of tired senior jokes, the movie is sweet, humorous, and thoughtful.
    • ***    Turner (R) 150 min. I waited with great expectation to see this film. I was disappointed that a more exemplary life was not chosen for this screen play.  It is about the genius and eccentricity of the artist, JMW Turner during the last quarter century of his life.  It begins with magical photography of the English countryside wrapped in somber music.  It goes downhill from here.  However, those who stick with this film will discover a socially-stunted, autistic painter of luminous seascapes.
  5. Edition 2 – Watercolor and Sketching Materials

    In Lesson One I discussed how to select the right sketchbook for your purpose.  Here is a check list of items you may wish to carry in your pack.


    • Your favorite graphite pencil (No. 2 will work), a kneaded eraser, and a black gel or rollerball pen.  A pen with permanent ink is preferred with a nib size of .5 mm. (extra fine).  I like to make ink drawings when traveling.  They can be finished pieces in themselves, or I can add watercolor to enhance the pictures.
    • Bring some paper clamps along to hold down the extra pages from flapping in the breeze.
    • A Watercolor travel set is a basic requirement for a journal artist.  Check out these brands: Da Vinci Watercolor Set in Travel Tin, Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Pocket Travel Set, Schmincke, and Sennelier travel sets.
    • Brushes:  Some travel sets include a small brush.  I prefer the travel brushes that have covers to protect the sable points.  They are more expensive but are worth the price for protection.  Start with a No. 6 brush and add others as you find the need.
    • A small plastic folding water cup and a small bottle of water.  If you have none, be creative.  Find a paper cup or something nearby that will hold a small amount of water.


    • TomBow Dual Brushes:  These are watercolors that are delivered from individually colored brushes.  They do not contain alcohol as many others do.  Individual colors can be selected, or a “Landscape Series” pack may be purchased.  The colors can be intense.  I would suggest selecting 6 or 8 single brushes that are not dark in chroma.
    • Dr. Ph. Martin’s Fine Art Watercolor:  I suggest carrying a small bottle of Burnt Umber and a small brush to add shading and 3-dimension to ink sketches.  It can be very effective.
    • A tablet of watercolor postcard blanks and a few postcard postage stamps.


  6. Where in the World is Richard Now?

    I recently returned from Norway where I cruised the Atlantic coast on a “working ship” which serviced 35 towns and villages.  I was able to paint 35 watercolors in varying sizes during the stops which lasted anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours.

    I am home now and working to promote my latest book, Portraits Of The Sandhills—In Words And Watercolors.  It can be purchased from the Gift Shop, Amazon.com, or by contacting me by email: WWWatercolorist@comcast.net.

    I have added a new line of hand-crafted silver jewelry called Richard Schilling Designs.  Many years ago while attending the University of Nebraska I studied silversmithing.  It became a natural adjunct to my practice of dentistry. For many years I cast and fabricated silver and gold jewelry for my friends and family. More recently, I researched the market for Nebraska-themed designs.  Having found none, I introduced a line of pendants using Nebraska and the University as themes for women. Images of these pendants can be found in the Gift Shop.