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Untamed Watercolors, semi abstract landscape with knife


Inspired by nature

A work that evolved from my numerous zen strolls, climbing little knolls dotted with sage and olive green shrubbery.  Enjoying the sea breezes, freedom and fresh air.






The Complexities of Simplicity


Seemingly so simple.

Yet more complex in its pre-planning and the execution.



Demanding, a letting go.

Demanding, an acceptance of the risks to be taken.

Demanding, a full immersion and enjoyment of the physical process of painting.




It looks like anyone, could do it.

And maybe so….

If you can use the palette knife so free & loose and without Fiddling about;  then I am excited for you!

But, apparently this is much harder to accomplish, to get, than it looks at first glance.

Why?  I think,  its because of nerves and perfectionism.  Get rid of those 2 things and it is easy.




The Painting:

  • I didn’t use a brush
  • I used a loaded up palette knife
  • on damp 100% cotton Cold Press Fabriano paper
  • I used a limited palette,  ie less is more
  • cobalt teal blue, Of Course!
  • one go,  free and easy
  • absolutely   -0-  fiddling
  • I partnered up with the paper, paint& knife
  • Making friends, working with them, makes it easy
  • Thinking of Toko Shinoda
  • Painting with clarity, focus, purpose and calm




Partnering Posts to Read –

delightful palette knife

cobalt teal blue 

limiting your palette 

watercolor papers 

no fiddling 

tame the dragon of “perfectionism”   ….. a must read!

Toko Shinoda