Some fast and easy watercolor sketchbooks you can make yourself from the paper you usually paint on. (Part 1 of 2)
To avoid overwhelm while sketching (or working from a complicated photo), collect “characters” now, arrange them to tell a story later.
A few tips for mixing darks and shadow colors in watercolor, including shadows on yellow and red objects.
Don’t ask “What do I need to fix?” about a painting. Here’s what to ask instead, and some tips for helping an unsatisfying painting undergo a creative metamorphosis.
Ideas for how to keep your sketching going without discouragement. Enjoy sketching on location right now, with the skills you have right now, and still build the skills you need to create that beautiful “sketchbook as a work of art” you aspire to.
Here’s an exercise to help you stimulate your creativity, loosen up or find your own style.
Tips for establishing a consistent sketchbook (or painting) practice.
Make your own symmetrical circular designs for mandalas or other circular paintings. All you need are a plate and a piece of office paper! This video shows you how to do it.
In this video, I demonstrate an alternate method for softening edges in watercolor, using a sponge instead of a brush.
An exercise for exploring (and collecting) things you enjoy doing (not just seeing), as a way to expand and explore your personal style.
Having trouble finding the time and energy to paint? Try designing some Anti-Rules!
Here are three things in my studio that make me smile every time I use them. (Great gift ideas for artists!)