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August 18, 2019

Use waterproof india ink first when painting transparent watercolor for more dramatic and powerful paintings. Using this process of almost painting "Notan" gives you your design, lights and darks. All you have to do from there is to add mid-tone color. Full article in...

July 21, 2019

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I find this drill/process very helpful not only for my students but for me. I don't care what the subject matter is because it's all about interesting shapes and values. Almost all of these images were about 5 x 3 inches and I used a larger brush because I had to cover...

March 16, 2019

“Abstract art is art that doesn't have a definable focus. It is art that exists through patterns, colors, texture and line without the need for an external motivation. Realistic art consists of art that aims to replicate nature. When these two elements combine to creat...

April 20, 2018

Hi again... Just wanted to share that I was accepted into the "Splash 20 Creative Compositions" book. Wanted to give you the technique as it was painted on YUPO using transparent & opaque watercolor. YUPO is a synthetic paper and the pigment does not soak in the fibers...

March 21, 2018

Hi there... Going back to my roots as a graphic designer I decided to try a dark - light balance (notan) to fill my watercolors with light. I actually design and paint my darks first using waterproof India ink. This gives me my design and my dark and light/white shapes...

February 7, 2018

A great way to learn how to paint with watercolor is to paint wet-in-wet. This is a great way to loosen up and reap the rewards of your painting partner. The wet paint is laid on wet or damp paper, the colours flow and blend into one another in beautiful, unexpected wa...

January 24, 2018

This was just a quick little demo on painting transparency. In this painting the background was painted first and allowed to dry. Then the water, then the boat again they were allowed to dry. When I painted the sail etc. I painted quickly and with few strokes and a big...

January 24, 2018

This is from a series of fire paintings I've been doing lately because I live in Southern California and in my county we've experienced a hellish fire season. Beautiful to paint though using a basic red, yellow and blue palette. If you really want to learn watercolor,...