Daniel Smith Watercolors: Gemstone Paints

Daniel Smith watercolors… they make it so difficult not to play!  And I’ve been playing and discovering new things with D.S. paints for over 25 years now. Whilst teaching my experimental Daniel Smith watercolor demos and workshops at their Seattle and Bellevue stores, a friend who was on staff there, chuckled abit at my outContinue reading “Daniel Smith Watercolors: Gemstone Paints”

How To Paint Watercolours Without Making Mud – 7 Tips

Watercolours are said to be the hardest medium to use, but I’ve found them the easiest of all. Making ‘mud’ is often one of the first problems that beginners mention especially when colour mixing browns, greys and greens. My tips in preventing mud are fairly simple and easy to remember and do. They have evolvedContinue reading “How To Paint Watercolours Without Making Mud – 7 Tips”

From the Artist’s Studio

I find on occasion, myself in a quandary of what to do once I’m finally in the studio with time to paint.  I might have to then look around the studio for some ideas, inspiration, anything that sparks an interest. It could be ‘just playing’ with paint in a glass vase. It could be a full sheetContinue reading “From the Artist’s Studio”

Beginner Artists- Words of Encouragement

Those who create art, even as beginners:   you are artists. By virtue of the simple fact  that you have pursued your interest far enough to join an art course, you’ve purchased art materials, and you have begun creating.   You    –   are an artist – for you are creating art.    This  isContinue reading “Beginner Artists- Words of Encouragement”

Inspired by Orchids- Watercolours and Photographs

This morning’s sunlight on the white satin orchids and the fuchsia pink was just too tempting to resist. A few nice photos captured the morning light before it vanished!  Later this afternoon the watercolour paints will come out and we’ll be using the cool orchid palette as springboards to our day’s paintings at  Atwell GalleryContinue reading “Inspired by Orchids- Watercolours and Photographs”

Green Paints from Gemstones – Zoisite

A new series of posts featuring my collection of gemstones and my gemstone watercolour paints. This photo shows Zoisite gemstone with ruby inclusion, there so much minute detail, texture and tonal value gradations in just one of these stones. They’re like a work of art all in themselves. 50 Photos later….. and I was stillContinue reading “Green Paints from Gemstones – Zoisite”

Depth in Greens

Creating the illusion of depth on a flat surface can be challenging for beginners at first, Especially in greens. But with some simple tips and regular practice, it does get easier in just a few weeks! In the photographs I’ve taken, they show various aspects of depth in greens. Have a look at each, tryContinue reading “Depth in Greens”

Watercolour with a Twist

Watercolour is a great medium to splash around with and have fun trying new techniques out! This is a spin off of some of my acrylic approaches using a gessoed masonite board, then applying molding paste with a palette knife. I let this dry completely. Once this was dry, I splashed on  Watercolours –  indanthrone, quinacridoneContinue reading “Watercolour with a Twist”

Acrylic Paint: Achieving Textural Effects

Acrylics with impasto and gel mediums create superb contrasts of rough and smooth, peaks and valleys that I find quite beautiful and useful in many landscape and abstract paintings. This type of texture works great for tree bark, building walls, hills, ocean waves, even certain flowers lend well to this approach. I mixed the acrylicsContinue reading “Acrylic Paint: Achieving Textural Effects”

Evocative Texture II

Colour, Tone and Texture play important roles in my art making processes. I want my Art to evoke a heartfelt response both within myself and the viewer. Using texture, tone and colour seem to work best for me to achieve that. Choosing subjects that are personal, those that I love and wish to tell aContinue reading “Evocative Texture II”