Lessons from Life on Planning Watercolors

Lessons from Life on Planning Watercolors

The wealth of self-study materials for watercolor—books, video, online courses—means it’s easy and convenient to get started painting on your own. You can learn just about any watercolor technique imaginable on YouTube, for free. But, it’s difficult to learn how to...
Coming up in 2021: The “Other How-To”

Coming up in 2021: The “Other How-To”

Hi Dragonflies! Best wishes for a happy, healthy and creative 2021 to you all! Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been like a little kid turned lose in the studio, playing with all my colors! for Journey Through the Rainbow, tuning up my skills for the skies and...
A New Batch of Tiny Escapes!

A New Batch of Tiny Escapes!

These are tiny original watercolors, not prints! They’re so adorable! Just 2.5×3.5″ (same width as a business card, but half an inch taller), these little paintings appeal to everyone’s love of tiny things. Each one comes with a magnet back and...
How I Use Autodesk Sketchbook to Plan Changes to Paintings

How I Use Autodesk Sketchbook to Plan Changes to Paintings

Sketchbook Pro is a great tool for quickly planning changes to a painting in progress, and it’s free. 🙂 The full version (with no ads) is available free for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android (type “Sketchbook Pro” into the search box for your app store)....
My Cure for Winter Blues

My Cure for Winter Blues

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the winter solstice now. It’s dark when I start work in the morning. It’s dark before I end work in the afternoon. On rainy days, I need a light on in my studio just to read a book. It feels like there’s...
Why Paint?

Why Paint?

We have lots of different reasons for painting. Some of them apply most of the time, some are “just today” or “this particular painting”. Sometimes there are several reasons; sometimes we have a single driving purpose. Considering why you are...
Studio News for 6 Dec 2020

Studio News for 6 Dec 2020

January Classes Are Open for Registration 🙂 I think you’ll be excited about the lineup I have for you starting in January! Skies big and small, negative painting, small group personalized coaching, and Journey through the Rainbow, a deep dive into a more...
Watercolor Skies and Clouds I

Watercolor Skies and Clouds I

$175, 4 weeks, Saturdays, 2-5 pm, 13 Feb – 6 Mar 2021 Experience level: This course is most suitable for those who have at least completed a beginner course similar to Watercolor Jumpstart. NOTE: Techniques taught in this course REQUIRE STRETCHING YOUR PAPER!!!...
Small Skies Clinic II (Twilight/Nocturnes)

Small Skies Clinic II (Twilight/Nocturnes)

(Does not require Small Skies Clinic I as a prerequisite.) Skies have a lot of soft edges and smooth gradations of color. Watercolor is a wonderful medium for creating these effects, but that does not mean that skies in watercolor are automatically easy! Choosing...