Sunday, April 5, 2015

Wobbly paper

Have you ever seen a framed watercolor painting that has a wobbly look to the paper surface?

This usually happens with the lighter weight papers such as 90 -140lb papers and especially if the paper was not stretched before painting. This is one reason why I like to use heavier weight papers for instance 300lb, this way I don't really have to worry about the problem.

When showing your paintings, a wobbly surface can be a bit distracting and may actually cheapen the value of your art. If entering a competition a wobbly paper surface does not really have the professional look that you want and can work against you.

All of us artist's would like to think that the viewer can see beyond the wobbly paper to the actual piece of art, that can be true, but that's not always the case. To show your work at it's best, before framing, consider flattening the painting first.

Option 1: All you have to do is place the painting face down on a clean towel then "lightly" spray the back with clean water, then place another flat surface on top of the painting (such as a piece of Plexiglas or foam core) then weight it down and let completely dry. Your environment will determine  the drying time.

Option 2: A quicker way to do it, is to again place the painting face down on a clean towel then "lightly" spray the back of the painting with clean water, then using an iron on a "low heat" lightly iron the back to flatten.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Same but different

I am sometimes asked why do so many of my students paint the same thing?

From the outside they can all look the same but in reality they are all "SO" different just like the personality of the student artist that painted them.

In my workshops Students always have the option to use their own compositions but rarely ever do. Thave a better understanding of the process and my techniques, the advantage of using same composition helps to prevent the student from falling back into old habits. It also helps to remove the fear of competition or the stress of not being able to draw fast enough which can delay the painting process.

We all have to start somewhere and that is usually by being inspired by another artist's work and In order to have better understanding of how the artist might have created the painting we copy what we see and learn by recreating what has inspired us.

It can all look so easy but in reality it can be quite a challenge.


 This is when the magic happens, using the same composition and basic shapes allows students to apply techniques. Then when giving a critique no one painting is singled out. we all learn from each others painting, what works, what doesn't, color etc. thing you might want to add or change. 


After we look at all of the paintings together, 
we look at each painting individually to see the artist behind the painting.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Traveling with Painting supplies

If traveling to a workshop and you are wondering how to pack you're painting supplies here are a few suggestions:

As an instructor when traveling for a workshop, to remove stress or wondering if my supplies will make it there on time, I usually send everything ahead. I don't want to be surprised or have any potential problems with TSA right before I board on a plain. It is much easier if I  pack everything in a suitable size suitcase and ship it. 

As a student you won't have to carry as much as an instructor but travel can still be stressful. So here are few things you might want to consider, if you have enough time send it by ground this will cost less and take 5-7 business days (depending on the location). If time is of the essence you can choose three day FedEx air service but this will cost quite a bit more.

Paper
You can usually carry a portfolio as one of your carry on items, but some smaller planes will have smaller overhead compartments, in most planes there is also small closet but you should always check ahead with your airline.

Brushes
To prevent damaging the hair on brushes I like to wrap them tightly in a Bamboo brush holder so they don't move and can still breath. For extra protection: if the brushes are damp, I'll place a paper or terry towel next to the hair. If dry consider gently wrapping the tip with plastic wrap. In any case after you have prepared them roll them tightly then with a band secure the top and bottom so they don't move and are safe.

Paint - Carry-On Regulations 
Watercolor paints can be packed and carried on, but are subject to TSA's liquid and gel restrictions. Each tube of paint must be less than 3.4 ounces, and all tubes must be packed in one clear, zip-lock plastic bag along with any other liquids and gels you are carrying on board for personal use (all of your liquids are limited to one quart size bag).


Security Checks 
Although watercolor tubes are permitted, they may show up in security scans, especially if they are in metal tubes. Bags containing watercolors are relatively likely to require extra inspections. Facilitate this process by packing them in an accessible way, for example, in their own bag or compartment or as the top layer of a suitcase. A clear plastic bag is also convenient in case of security checks. 

Checked Luggage
Checked bags should not be locked, in case the contents need to be inspected. Sealed containers are under extra pressure during air travel, especially in checked bags. Paint tubes usually travel well, but it is possible for them to burst due to this pressure or to rough handling. It is best to pack liquid paints in a double plastic bag inside your luggage. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Through the crack has been accepted into the 45th International Exhibition LWS

I am honored and happy to announce that my painting "Through the Crack" was selected by juror Chris Krupinski into the 45th International Exhibition with the Louisiana Watercolor Society

EXHIBIT DATES:  April 18 to May 8, 2015 
OPENING RECEPTION:  SATURDAY, APRIL 18

Location:

New Orleans Academy of Fine Art

5256 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Painting accepted into the 2015 TWSA exhibit

I am so honored and Absolutely "Over the Top" excited, that my painting "Small Spaces" has been accepted into to the 39th annual "Transparent Watercolor Society of America's" exhibition by jurors, Harold Allanson and Martha Deming. Congratulations to all of my friends that will be joining me in the exhibit.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Upcoming live interview on KWMR

I would like to invite you to join me this Saturday, December 20, 2014 for my live interview with Elia Haworth at KWMR on her program Original Minds 9-10am Pacific Standard time. We will be discussing my career in watercolor, workshops and possibly Lyme disease is West Marin along with other surprises. You can  listen live online at http://www.kwmr.org

If your in the West Marin area you can find it on your dial at 
90.5 FM Pt. Reyes Station
89.9 FM Bolinas

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Watercolor event December 3-29, 2014

I would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and invite you to join me Friday December 5, 5-7:30pm in Point Reyes Station, CA for the Opening Reception of my show, Watercolor in Motion. It will truly be a special evening, all merchants will be open until 8pm with the Tree lighting ceremony beginning at 6:30pm.