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...
The “Other How-To”

The “Other How-To”

Many of you first got to know me through the postcard paint-alongs. Given that I released a dozen of them in a little over 6 months in 2020, it might surprise you to hear that for years I have strenuously resisted doing paint-along videos or step-by-step demos (except...
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...
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...
Mining for Gems

Mining for Gems

I do a lot of experimenting. I work in multiple drafts. As most of you know, the “duds”, demos, and experiments I don’t know what to do with go onto the Big Pile of Nope. Maybe it should be called “the Big Pile of Maybe Later”. I can...
Reserving and Recovering Light Values: Strategies to Consider

Reserving and Recovering Light Values: Strategies to Consider

Getting light color values in watercolor works a little differently than in other mediums, since watercolor is transparent. In oil paints, lighter pigments are generally some of the most opaque, which allows oil painters to begin by blocking in large, mid-value shapes...

Painless Watercolor Planning Class Resource Page

This is a resource page for current and former students in Painless Watercolor Planning to access handouts, photos, and other materials used in class exercises or assignments. This class is taught in an interactive coaching environment, not a...
How Can I Give Feedback on Your Work In Zoom?

How Can I Give Feedback on Your Work In Zoom?

Are you wondering how I can see your work and give you feedback in Zoom? I’ve been doing watercolor coaching via Zoom for almost two years now—I’ve got a system! Here’s a short video to show you how it works: See how it...
Don’t Let Your Inner Critic Be Lazy

Don’t Let Your Inner Critic Be Lazy

I’m working on a new postcard paint-along, using these 4 photos for information and inspiration. But I’m not going to follow any of these photos very closely, so I know I’m going to hear this in the comments: “That painting doesn’t look anything like the...
Small Group Help Sessions

Small Group Help Sessions

$25 $15 (price reduced!) per session, ongoing, see upcoming times and register > Experience Level: any Capacity: Maximum of 6 per session Help in a group setting: planning or evaluating work in progresshelp with technical problems (watercolor or acrylic)help with...