What a busy year!

I’m not sure I can even explain how incredibly busy I have been in the past year and a half. I was so involved with the Northwest Watercolor Society in the planning and execution of its 75th Anniversary Celebration, my duties added up to a full time job! Continue reading

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Another Step-by-Step Approach

I always like to see progressions of paintings when they are shown in a step-by-step process from start to finish. I don’t care who’s painting them, they are fun to see. To me, they’re a little addictive — sort of like “before and after” makeup or hairstyle photos in women’s magazines. I can’t resist looking at them. Continue reading

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“Tulips for Thomas” – my step-by-step approach

Over the summer I completed a painting that I titled Tulips for Thomas. The painting was done from a photograph I took in a workshop a year ago last April with an internationally known artist and respected watercolor instructor, Thomas Schaller. Someone had brought Thomas flowers and put them into water glasses. I loved the workshop and so enjoyed getting to know Thomas – he is an exceptional painter and a wonderful person. Visit thomasschaller.com to check out his stunning, award-winning work.  Continue reading

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Same subject, same style… so hard to do.

Artists who want to show in galleries often have a difficult situation to deal with – galleries usually require their artists to develop a “body of work” that is comprised of paintings of the same general subject (i.e., Venice, mountain landscapes, ocean scenes), and painted in the same style. For an artist like me who likes to paint all manner of subjects as well as try different styles, this is a hard constraint to live with. Continue reading

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A bit about pouring…

I’ve been trying to come up with blog material that might be informative, and so want to take this time to talk about “pouring” your paintings. This is an incredibly fun technique where the basic principle involves pouring paint over wet paper, after masking out the areas you don’t want to hold the color with a resist of some kind. Continue reading

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Thrilled about my acceptance into the 73rd NWWS International Open Exhibition!

My painting “Dusk in Edmonds” was just accepted into the Northwest Watercolor Society’s 73rd International Open Exhibition. This is the exhibition that qualified me for Signature membership in the society last year, so to get accepted this year as well is just great news. I’m thrilled. Continue reading

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After the holidays… and a new year.

It’s been a while since I wrote… I was incredibly busy before the holidays, then incredibly busy while visiting my sister in New Jersey over the holidays, then even more busy after I returned home. I don’t mind all the busy-ness, but it does cut into my painting time, and that I mind. Continue reading

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It’s time for class again… join me at Daniel Smith on October 13th.

It’s hard to imagine that it is almost time to give my “Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner” course again at Daniel Smith in Bellevue, WA… but it is. I will be giving two free demos on Saturday, October 13th, at 11:00 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. If you know anyone who wants to learn the basics of how to paint in watercolor, please let them know about the course. We had such a great time in the early summer class. Continue reading

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My Daniel Smith course is over… but in the Fall we begin again!

My course, “Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner,” at the Daniel Smith store in Bellevue, WA, ended up being a great class with 12 terrific students who were fun, eager to learn, and really seemed to enjoy the material presented. I love teaching and was so pleased with the group’s participation. We spent over 12 hours together so it was a good thing both teacher and students had a great time! Continue reading

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“Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner” at Daniel Smith

Last Tuesday, June 26th, we had our first class in my 4-week workshop course at Daniel Smith titled “Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner”. This class was all about “Paints & Color” and we did four painting exercises designed to teach about colors and color properties, the transparency, semi-transparency and opaqueness of paints, mixing colors on your paper, color temperature, and building values into your paintings. Continue reading

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