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...
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...
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...
The Lazy Way to Build Painting Confidence

The Lazy Way to Build Painting Confidence

This article is the third in a series. The preceding articles are: Is My Painting Done? Are You a “Photocopier”? There’s a Better Way In response to the last article, a reader made a couple of excellent points about why it’s sometimes difficult...
Is My Painting Done?

Is My Painting Done?

This article is the first of a series on creating more powerful, personal and expressive paintings. When I teach watercolor classes or workshops, there is often a moment where a student comes up to me, thrusts a painting into my face and demands: Tell me what’s...