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...
Using Colorways

Using Colorways

(Post updated Jan 2020) You’ve probably heard me talk about having a “(home)base palette” of around 8 or 9 colors that you know really well and use to mix most of the colors in most of your paintings. But there are times when you want to bring in...
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...
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...
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...
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...