I’m doing a little re-arranging. This is the new home of  behind-the-scenes glimpses into the studio, how I make and present my work, and peeks at experiments and work in progress, plus articles and videos about living and working as an artist. This page will have more articles added soon.

Colorful Thoughts

Colorful Thoughts

Having recently accepted an invitation to fill a last-minute gap in the show calendar at Hudson Hospital, I'm in the "final countdown" phase of prepping for a show. No matter how diligent and organized I am, I seem to always require a final frenzy of activity to bring...

What Makes a Good Painting?

What Makes a Good Painting?

That pesky inner critic! I don't know about you, but simply telling her to sit down and shut up doesn't work for me. Oh, I can get her to leave me alone. It just doesn't lead to paintings I'm happy with. I need my inner critic. We all need time to explore, experiment...

Present Your Watercolors Without Glass!

Present Your Watercolors Without Glass!

I’ve been presenting my watercolors without glass for quite some time. I love the clean look! Here's everything you need to know to present your watercolors using this method. In the video, I demonstrate one way to do this, using the method (and products) I use...

Spiral In, Spiral Out

Spiral In, Spiral Out

The 30-Doodles-in-30-Days Challenge is drawing to a close, but one thing I have discovered is that everyone has enjoyed having a daily  doodling suggestion (a "prompt") as a creative springboard. Since I've been on a spiral kick myself lately, I invite you to create a...

Another Big Project Coming Up!

Another Big Project Coming Up!

Did you enjoy following along on the "giant" painting? I'm in the planning stages of another large multi-panel piece like that. We're still working out the details, but I'm very excited to have been asked to do another one! I'll tell you more soon, but I can tell you...

What’s a Cradled Board?

What’s a Cradled Board?

This must be one of the questions I get asked the most often! I used to mat and frame my watercolors. From time to time someone would ask if I could frame them without glass. I knew of some watercolorists who were painting on canvas or boards that were specially...

Second Large Triptych Completed!

Second Large Triptych Completed!

I may not post my painting for the 30-paintings-in-30-days challenge until this evening, or maybe tomorrow. While the first few days of the challenge have been going on, I've also been completing this second large triptych for Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN.  The...