Category Archives: watercolor

Live Model vs Photographs

Part of every artists training and continued training should be painting and sketching from the live model. The experience involves seeing things with your eyes that the camera does not see. The model asked me why do you paint from … Continue reading

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The First Brushstroke

It is important to know where you are going, before you put down that first brushstroke. You can do that by value studies and color studies. You can also do that by looking at your painting and rehearsing where that … Continue reading

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Still Working on Gallery in the Garden

Sometimes it’s not what you paint but what you don’t paint. The white space around the object you’re painting has to be designed and is an important part of the painting. You have to think, variety of sizes of shapes. … Continue reading

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Gallery in the Garden

I’ve been busy painting for Becky Hartvigsen’s Gallery in the Garden. Once a year we set up in Becky;s beautiful backyard to display some of our latest paintings. This year there has been water restrictions so it will be Gallery … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect

My grandson was making a postcard to send to his other grandfather. He became so frustrated that the image he had in his head was not being reproduced on the page. He stopped creating and couldn’t put brush to paper … Continue reading

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Labels

The left side of our brain wants to label things. That is a tree and this is how you draw a tree. And so you draw a triangle with a rectangle stump and your left brain says that looks good. … Continue reading

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Patience in Painting

Painting is like life and life is like painting. Some of the same lessons apply to both. I recently took a workshop from Stan Miller. His painting methods require time and careful observation. Sometimes in life we want immediate results. … Continue reading

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Finding Beauty Each Day

Some artists have a hard time finding something to paint. I find paintings all around me. There is so much beauty in this world. All you have to do is take the time to see it. You learn something from … Continue reading

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Painting More Than You Can See

There is the visual part of art, the trying to reproduce what you see out there in the world. It is also good to add the emotional part of the painting. You’re trying to paint two dogs by looking at … Continue reading

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Getting Out of the Studio (Into the freezing early Autumn Snow)

The above picture is deceiving. Its a lot warmer than it was three days before. But the event was well worth a bit of shivering. It was an opportunity to get out and talk with friends and meet new ones. … Continue reading

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