Category Archives: watercolor

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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Giving All You Have

What happens when you put your full effort into something? When you put your full effort into a painting.? When you give all you can even when you think it won’t be enough? A little over four years ago, my … Continue reading

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Capturing Sunflowers

There is so much beauty in this world. I love painting people, landscapes and flowers. So I paint whatever grabs my eye. I love painting flowers because they have beautiful abstract shapes. There is a real freedom in painting flowers. … Continue reading

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Rip it Up and Throw it Out?

We’ve all arrived there. You look at the progress on your drawing or painting and you see no way to salvage it. You see no way but to throw it out and start over again. The above painting arrived at … Continue reading

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Is there a trick to learning watercolor?

I remember in junior high loving the way watercolor went on the paper. I was painting flowers and the way the paint mixed with the water was beautiful. My use of watercolor was sporadic. Later on I thought that watercolor … Continue reading

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