Friday, July 31, 2015

Cloudcroft New Mexico 2015

  I'm always so excited to go to my workshop in Cloudcroft New Mexico the skies are so dramatic and the scenery so stark. First landing in El Paso Texas it's about a one and a half hour drive into  New Mexico  the desert it's just amazing, you never know if it's going to be clear skies puffy clouds or thunder and lightning maybe even a dust storm it's exhilarating and sometimes just a little scary to but well worth the drive.

 Passing by the white sands desert  to Almagordo I made my way up through the canyon towards Cloudcroft  dark skies forming bolts of lightning spitting through the sky knowing that that was my destination, the skies are so dramatic.



 Workshops are held in an old-school house next to the library, coming together in this historic small town is a real  bonding experiance.

  We all had a wonderful time painting one student called an artist Boot Camp (LOL) we covered a lot and they all did an amazing job.


 This is just one of those amazing dramatic sunsets that you'll find in Cloudcroft, I'm looking forward to coming back again in July 2017 I hope you can join me

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Calla Lilies: Step-by-step video program

This has been one of my most popular lessons in my workshops, learn more about white flowers, shaping petals, creating depth while keeping it simple. Join me in this step-by-step program of painting Calla Lilies in watercolor, I am sure you will enjoy it too.

Single program Click here
Entire online series Click here


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Keep it Simple

Lets keep things simple, here is a quick lesson on how to simplify what we see, the amount of water we use, color, shape and shadow, have fun !

https://youtu.be/rN3pQy2uk48

Saturday, May 16, 2015

How to Paint Moving Water in Watercolor



Learn How to Paint Moving Water in Watercolor, keep it simple and most of all fun. I know this is very different then my usual style, but today I thought it would be nice to show you another technique



Here I will be using a # 20 Wash Mottler and a #8 round blend brush and most of you know how much I love my Arches paper  but here for this technique I used 300 CP Fabriano watercolor paper. Colors are French Ultramarine Blue, Winsor Blue, Perm Sap Green and Indian yellow.



Enjoy and Have FUN!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Boats on the Water PRNSA

We just had a magical weekend workshop painting Boats on the Water, we did over twelve paintings, ranging in size from 4x6 to 1/2 sheet, covering a wide variety of techniques from value studies, simplifying an image, tighter detailed work to moody more dramatic among others. 

Our workshop was held at the Historic Life Boat Station at Chimney Rock in the Point Reyes National Seashore and for a special treat we were serenaded by female and young Elephant seals bantering and posturing for each other.


Just outside the window

The ramp used to deliver lifeboats into the ocean

Group Dinner in the Life Boat Station



Values





Life Boat Staion

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Painting a Barn in Watercolor


Say more with less, learn how to paint a simple barn.

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.