Tiny fourth layer—the darkest shadows at the base of the pears and the stem on the pear in front.

Paint Shapes, Not “Things”

Want your paintings to look unified? It helps to combine “things” into larger shapes, and then use smaller shapes to (partially) separate them. Here’s an exercise to help you practice. First, set up a still life with a couple of simple objects. Avoid anything that has a lot of pattern, texture, reflections or complicated edges—you […]
Art Graf's watersoluble graphite in a tin. Fun!

Gifts for Your Favorite Watercolorist

Well, aside from moi, of course. 🙂 Like many of you, I am a complete sucker for cool new art supplies. As we head into the holiday gift season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite “finds”, in case you’re looking for a gift idea for your favorite artist-who-has-everything-already. Stocking Stuffer–Art Graf Watersoluble Graphite […]
Mandala mini-retreat. Everyone's so absorbed in their work!

New Watercolor Workshops for February

First, the bad news . . . Due to a scheduling conflict, I will not be offering classes at Artistry (formerly Bloomington Art Center) in February and March of 2016 as originally planned. Apparently, the city of Bloomington felt a winter festival would be a better use of the space (we know better, but—alas!—we don’t […]
One example of using the mandala template in this article.

New Watercolor Mandala Template

I know some of you enjoy using the templates I create for my Watercolor Prayer/Meditation Mandala Mini-Retreats. I created a new one that was very popular at the last mini-retreat, so I decided to share it with you here. This one has some larger open areas for you to add shapes, lettering or images of […]
Mandalas (almost) finished. Aren't they gorgeous?

Out of the Nest!

My fall group classes are winding down, but I had to share a little taste with you. I am SO BAD about remembering to take photos during class, but I did manage to snag a few from one of my Watercolor Jumpstart classes and from the most recent Watercolor Mandala mini-retreat. (Apologies to the classes […]
"Dragonfly in Magenta with Pink", mixed watermedia paper mounted on cradled board by Lynne Baur, 10x10", $125

Dragonflies Fall 2015

For those who haven’t already seen them or live too far away (Mom!), here are thirteen new dragonflies for fall. The first 8 (16×16″ and 16×20″ sizes are on display now through January 10, 2016 at Hudson Hospital in the newly remodeled hospital cafe, and you are all cordially invited to an artist reception at […]