Tree Reflections in Watercolour

Painting trees is a fun and relaxing subject in any media, for me.  But, it takes a little time to chill out and de-stress  before you’re ready and able to impart the serenity of the scene.  Rushing to paint after a hectic day, frantic drive or traffic jam  has led me to muddy up moreContinue reading “Tree Reflections in Watercolour”

Judicious Texture II 2015

Where does texture and detail belong?   When to stop painting!?  How to avoid fiddling?  It is a matter of simply reminding yourself as you are painting, there are 3 main areas to your composition. Background, Middleground and Foreground. 3 Main Textural Areas:  Background, Middleground, Foreground   Each of these areas is to be handledContinue reading “Judicious Texture II 2015”

Imagination is the beginning of creation

George Bernard Shaw’s brilliant quote, “Imagination is the Beginning of Creation”  is one I love. Calvin Coolidge said, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.” Both persistence and imagination have been my ‘co helpers’ as I paint and create for over two decades.     Imagination and Creation   Imagination, creation, inspirationContinue reading “Imagination is the beginning of creation”

mountains

Loose bold free impressionistic watercolour mountains and hills!  Bold bright cobalt sky emphasizes the top of the hill providing a sense of heat, summer and sun to the landscape. Mountain in Blue is an inspired mix of cerulean blue, prussian blue with a bit of umber; then allowing some of the paint to drip downContinue reading “mountains”

Photos as Reference Material

Zoom into a flower with just the stamens, or zoom into a glass vase with just its reflections, maybe take a photo of just clouds only, or the ripples in a pool, perhaps in black and white, or sepia. In other words, take photos in a way you have not tried before nor have seenContinue reading “Photos as Reference Material”

What to Paint first?! Backgrounds

Many new painters wonder which part of the painting to start first. Often beginning with the focal point, or the foreground. However, this presents a dilemma for beginners, as then it becomes much more difficult to get the tonal values correct. As well as then its also much harder to obtain a smooth, seamless transitionContinue reading “What to Paint first?! Backgrounds”