Rose-Pink Hibiscus

Lovely and gorgeous,  I couldn’t resist this delicately coloured rose-pink hibiscus on my fantastic “detour” the other day.   I took photos not only of Autumn Water Reflections, but a number of very intriguing subjects as well.   I can’t wait to get out there and accidentally, of course,  have a few more happy detoursContinue reading “Rose-Pink Hibiscus”

Impressionistic Landscape in Pastels

“Foulweather Bluff,”  Kitsap County painting was inspired by a simple morning walk along the shoreline with my dog Laura when we lived in the Pacific Northwest. We lived on a small hillside overlooking  Admiralty Inlet and the Olympic Mountains with the beach  a mere half mile away. I’d taken several photos which I’d tucked awayContinue reading “Impressionistic Landscape in Pastels”

How To Self “Critique” Your Paintings

How do I fix my paintings?  How can I tell what needs to be fixed? How do I critique my work?  A phrase I prefer over self critique is self assessment, a much more positive and hopeful turn of phrase. I also prefer the term ‘not yet resolved’ over the dismal, its a ‘failure’.  Continue reading “How To Self “Critique” Your Paintings”

Banish Boring Brushstrokes: Part 2

The Masters knew. Make every brush stroke count.  Each should sing! It should be easy, painting a single brushstroke onto a canvas creating a mark that is luminous and clean, fresh and lively – not boring!  Full of texture, color and of course, with a good tonal range. That doesn’t sound too difficult, but it isContinue reading “Banish Boring Brushstrokes: Part 2”

Power in The Line (Design Tips for Beginners)

There is a wealth of untapped Power in the Line waiting for the beginner artist to learn to use. Lines are an intriguing and fascinating part of art design and is one of the most versatile tools the artist has to work with. The voice of a Line can whisper, beckon, gently guide, hug orContinue reading “Power in The Line (Design Tips for Beginners)”

Painting with Depth: Background to Foreground

As I paint, my goal is to create the sense of seamless progression of back to front, i.e.  background into the middle ground and then foreground.  The prior post  Depth,  shared information on how Colour  is a great tool to create  the illusion of this kind of depth in a painting.  Edges and Tonal valuesContinue reading “Painting with Depth: Background to Foreground”

Depth: Background, Middleground, Foreground

One of the challenges for beginners learning to paint is creating depth in the landscape or still life.  Often areas appear flat, floating, lacking depth. Why? How can you prevent it?   Depth: Back, Middle and Front In order for the painting to read as if it has depth, the beginner needs to understand theContinue reading “Depth: Background, Middleground, Foreground”

Expanding Your Artistic Vision

Who couldn’t do with a little bit of fresh, new artistic vision to invigorate their creative side? Sometimes its risky. Going out into an unfamiliar area and not feeling in control is not always the most beckoning of ideas.  But that is exactly what I need to do to bring out more of my ownContinue reading “Expanding Your Artistic Vision”

5 Techniques To Create Texture in Watercolours

The 5 watercolour techniques I enjoy using to create texture in my paintings: Dry brush, splatter, plastic wrap, moulding paste and granulating pigments on a rough surface paper. Terracotta Pot mainly is created from French Ultramarine with Burnt Sienna applied wet onto a very Rough surfaced paper to get the dimpling textural effect. French UltramarineContinue reading “5 Techniques To Create Texture in Watercolours”

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”