Category Archives: watercolor

Running into an Old Friend

    I went out to Lynda Nelson’s new Workshop and Gallery store to drop off some of my art which will be displayed and for sale there. She had brought in an old friend of mine.  It was so … Continue reading

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Looky There

So the latest “thing” is getting rid of clutter and keeping those things that give you joy. Sometimes you have to share the things that bring you joy with others. If you’re an artist, you have to send those things … Continue reading

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Science and Imagination

Robert Henri, in his book The Art Spirit, said, “To have ideas one must have imagination. To express ideas one must have science.” One way to get the “science” is drawing the model from life. You will train your eye … Continue reading

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Dead Skunk on the Side of the Road

Years ago, I was riding my bike.  My eye was on a new white stripe painted on the side of the road. My feet spinning, my hands on the handle bars, my eyes on the road, I followed the white … Continue reading

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Plein Air Painting at the Timpanogos Story Telling Festival

I plopped up my easel between two tents at the Timpanogos Story Telling Festival. Becky Hartvigsen and I had been invited to paint plein air. There I was painting in the shade of a big tree, a slight breeze blowing … Continue reading

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Of Crocodiles and Bygone Mansions

Your art can take you many places. One moment you can be painting a home from the past, a home where you want to get the details right. The next moment you are painting from pure imagination, a cover for … Continue reading

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ITeRaTions – ITeRATioNS – ITeRATioNs

Here is a quote from “Art and Fear” by David Bayles & Ted Orland: “Between the initial idea and the finished piece lies a gulf we can see across, but never fully chart.” That is the exciting thing about art, … Continue reading

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Holiday Shows

If anyone is looking for some original art to give this Christmas, I will have some paintings at a couple of Galleries. “Highway 89” and a couple of other water colors will be at Art Access 230 South 500 West … Continue reading

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Ideas and Road Blocks – The Spark

  The spark of an idea can come at any time and we as artists need to be ready to catch them. We can store them in sketch books or note books but if we store them for too long, … Continue reading

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The Clandestine Life of a Children’s Book Illustrator

  I was out as evening broke, when car lights had to be on but it was still light enough to see the color of things. I was snapping pictures of cars as they drove by. I could see drivers … Continue reading

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