Sunflower Sketch and New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year to everyone! I was enjoying a bit of family and the bubbly and thought that a post could wait a few days. Family comes first, after all. Here is a quick one I did to see if I could get a punch of color right and just played around with a new micro-palette I got for free for one of my art … Continue reading Sunflower Sketch and New Year’s Resolutions

Preliminary Color Swatch

Anyone who has become more serious about painting seems to learn that there is much more time spent in preparing for it than actually carrying out the painting process. I speak for those who really want their work to shine and come together. I am slowly learning this myself, and stopped myself before starting on a new painting by having conflicting ideas on which colors … Continue reading Preliminary Color Swatch

The Value of Practice, Ink and Wash

Sometimes when I paint, I think I had some beginner’s luck, and I may not be far from the truth. However, when faced with a challenge, I am not usually one to shy away (my family just smiles to themselves, says I am obsessed, and start backing away slowly). Well, they may be onto something with my personality. But it is not all bad. I … Continue reading The Value of Practice, Ink and Wash

Bargain Framing

I like to paint. That’s a given. Sometimes it comes out better – sometimes worse. However, when it comes out nice, usually someone in my family suggests a frame. I normally am not the one to suggest this, as the painter rarely thinks something is amazing enough to frame and that the piece either missed the mark or needs improvement. Either way, I must oblige. … Continue reading Bargain Framing

How To Salvage a Hardened Tube of Watercolor

I know that a large proportion of the watercoloring community purchases their paints in tube form, as it seems to be a bit more economical than a whole set of pan paints or the single pans, themselves (there are always exceptions, though). I am also sure that most of us have had to deal with a tube that has hardened on us. This can be a … Continue reading How To Salvage a Hardened Tube of Watercolor

How I Bought My Watercolor Books

I just recently finished reading through a fabulous book on watercolor painting by Tony Couch, called Watercolor, You Can Do It! It was a very informative book with very accessible information and tips that I can’t wait to incorporate in my works. I have several of these books at home, and found that not all instructional watercolor books are made the same. In fact, out of the … Continue reading How I Bought My Watercolor Books