Watercolor Skies in Ultramarine, Cobalt Violet

Wet in wet watercolors. Perfect beginners’ techniques to loosen up! Let the paints, do their thing.  and You…. Allow,  accidents to happen.       Wet in Wet Technique WHY I love showing and sharing the Wet in Wet Technique:   creates soft beautiful edges its great for Depth, and backgrounds helps to teach usContinue reading “Watercolor Skies in Ultramarine, Cobalt Violet”

A New Innocence

The Sleepwalkers. Its an old book, really old, 1959. Yet, I find it immensely compelling. The author, Arthur Koestler.   Who? …. nope, never heard of him. That’s alright, neither had I.  But, just read this:   “Every Creative Act involves a new innocence of perception liberated from the cataract of accepted belief.” Arthur Koestler,    TheContinue reading “A New Innocence”

The World of Watercolor: Loose And Free!

Do you love watercolor?  Love its translucency, its soft melting edges? Love Colors that seemingly flow together to create something that the hand, the brush could not quite have dobbed or dabbed into being? I do.     Watercolor Loose and Free Freedom of Expression What purpose such looseness and freedom serve, we may wonder.Continue reading “The World of Watercolor: Loose And Free!”

Splash, Spray, Create … in watercolors

Deep ultramarine and hints of violet. The explosions of light and color from stars and galaxies we will never see. Except, perhaps in our imaginations.     Ways With Watercolor The magic of watercolor for me, is its ability to adhere so well to its specific pigment properties. It is obedient, reliable, consistent in theContinue reading “Splash, Spray, Create … in watercolors”

Watercolors: from an ember

Cobalt teal blue works its magic once more, whispering in the skies as the inferno below scorches the land.     Inspiration: sparks from just an ember Its simple really. Being inspired.   If you think about it.         Burning Drive How would I explain this term, “inspiration?” To be inspired  – Continue reading “Watercolors: from an ember”

Softening the edges …art and nature

As many things do…. it held,  Promise. This old watercolor landscape. It sat upon the studio table among 20 others, all needing further contemplation, further work.         Watercolor Landscape Painting How old was it? How long did I hold it in reserve? I’m smiling…. it may shock some, but it is aboutContinue reading “Softening the edges …art and nature”

Addictive, Sheer Fun … Monoprinting

Addictive, yes.  But in a such a good way! This is the kind of Addiction, that is good for us.     Monotypes and Monoprints These were the focus for this week’s process…. at work.   They are two of the best techniques that I’ve used in sessions that always help participants let loose. ToContinue reading “Addictive, Sheer Fun … Monoprinting”

Hints, of blue….. its ‘key’

Four acrylic mixed media abstracts; all with the power of blue. Harnessed together with opposing forces of tonal values. Discover how you can effectively use these intriguing differences: high key and low key.       Light and Shade Light and shade, or as I term it, Tonal Values.     High Key With aContinue reading “Hints, of blue….. its ‘key’”

A Simple Pleasure, the flower

The taste of a petal upon the morning breeze. A simple pleasure, really.       Change of Plans I’d planned to write up a post on cold wax today; showing you a fantastic book I’ve read.  Plus a few art samples. My heart just wasn’t there.   I needed a zen stroll.  But, IContinue reading “A Simple Pleasure, the flower”

Landscape in Blue

Landscape in Blue. Lone tree rising,  somber.  Where, is the foliage?     Monoprinting in Blue While this is not really a recent work,  the  monoprint was done in the past 24 months.     Our class topic at the time was on using color and line, format, and subject placement to create a ‘feeling’Continue reading “Landscape in Blue”