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Watercolor for Kids - Snow on a tree

Using a simple watercolor set let's paint snow on a tree using negative space and the wet-into-wet application. For more online lessons visit

Reindeer cards Part 1 - Watercolor for Kids

Using one color let's make a fun card of a Reindeer. Learn an easy way how to transfer an image to watercolor paper and how to use resit.

Podcast: Atmospheric landscapes Dec 7

Well I think you all know that I am always willing to expand, grow and make mistakes .....So I am testing out Podcast of this weeks meeting for my Atmospheric landscapes online course. Let me know what you think?

Christmas tree - Watercolor for Kids

Here is a fun way for kids (and young at heart) to learn more about watercolor and a little bit about negative painting using an inexpensive watercolor set.

Snowman - Watercolor for Kids

Using an inexpensive watercolor set, let's paint a Snowman. This enjoyable lesson is geared towards children but adults will have fun too.

I have been deeply touched by some of letters and pictures that I have received from children, that my hope is to do a couple more for the Holidays.
Happy painting everyone

Composition & Design online course preview

If you have ever wondered how to make stronger compositions, this easy to understand compressive course is just for you. If you are interested in the course please visit View Course
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Keep track of the color your using

When painting, keep track of the colors and combinations that you used, this way if you leave and come back, or want to do another painting that is similar you will know what to use. 

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It is easy to keep track, of colors, have a note book handy or even scrap paper. Anything that you can refer back to in the future.

Common painting mistakes

When painting and just starting out, or even if your experienced, there are some common mistakes to avoid.
·Using too may same size strokes ·Using too many dark colors or light color ·Using too many different colors ·Not putting enough color in the palette ·Dabbing your brush, instead of long flowing strokes ·Don’t be stingy with paint, put a generous amount in the well
Composition ·Don’t leaving too much empty space around objects ·Don’t place your object directly in the middle of a painting ·Avoid having everything lumped together in the center. ·Avoid even numbers ·Avoid objects of equal distance and size
Painting ·Think of big shapes, (simplify and minimize). ·Avoid painting a dark ring of color around objects ·Don’t’ get fixated on a problem, work the overall painting ·Don’t think too much, stop over analyzing, be creative and don’t worry about mistakes ·Try not to outline objects (unless your travel sketching) ·Don’t try not to be like another artist, be honest with yourself and the artist you wer…

Painting snow in watercolor

As the weather is starting to change you may enjoy this simple little lesson in painting snow.

SWWS Workshop 2017

We all had so much fun at our workshop for the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society. Fearless Flowers! what that really means  is that you are pushed to not be so shy with color, learn not to try so hard and let that inner artist out, and be confidant.

We may be using the same composition but they are all so different, here we can see what works, what doesn't, what you may want to add into your own painting or eliminate.

Portland & Oregon

Teaching a workshop in Portland OR and judging a show in Vancouver WA. Sunny skies, Full moon rising, I am so excited to see the Columbia River and Mt Hood

I here in Portland for the Vancouver Watercolor Society to do a workshop and to judge their show, my nephew took me to Portlands Rose Garden what a beautiful place and rare find.

Rocks Sand & Sea Glass course preview

Limited 30% discount offer, use code: RocksSeaGlass Oct 9 - Nov 20 6 Week - Interactive Premium Course Free Bonus course included: Framing Without Glass Go at your own pacePaint anywhere at anytime day or nightLive meetingsInteract with other students if you likeLifetime access with no time limitDownloadableEasy to follow step-by-step lessons designed just for you, paint realistic Rocks, Sand and Sea Glass, learn how to float leaves and put rocks underwater. Ask questions anytime during the course and you will be able to apply these techniques into your own paintings with confidence, have fun creating successful paintings with no mistakes. All Levels Many students that have taken this course have gone on to be very successful artists, showing and selling their work.

Covered in this coarse

Rocks underwaterRealistic Sand and Sea GlassFloating leavesUnderstanding shape and highlightsShadowsHow to give an object a three dimensional look.Positive and negative paintingRelease the fearBuild your co…

Is a photo altered with a filter a watercolor painting?

With today's photo applications sometimes people think if they use a watercolor filter to transform a photo, it's now a watercolor, In my opinion that's not true. It's still a digital image of a photograph that has been altered and should not be submitted into shows or sold as a watercolor painting. A watercolor painting requires skill and the use of the medium, not just a push of a button.

Tips to organizing a studio

Organizing Tubes of color Some of the things that I've helped me the most in my studio is to organize my paints by families of color. You can use small plastic bags, clear plastic drawers with dividers, or to save room even a clear plastic shoe organizer that hangs on the door, this way they are easily accessible.
I like to keep my most use colors isolated and in groups of new and used colors, then depending on my needs I an quickly grab a new tube for traveling or a used tube for the palette in my studio.
Reference Photos Organizing reference photos by subject matter really helps and when painting makes it easier to find what you want. For instance if it’s flowers, the group would be flowers, then by kind or color. Landscapes, could be grouped by type, such as desert, ocean, ranches etc.
Brushes Because different painting styles require different brushes, I organize them by size and type, to prevent ruining the tip, I place them tip up in large stone containers, this way there are easil…

Mendocino & Fort Bragg CA

Having a wonderful time in Mendocino in my "Land & Sea" workshop. Working onsite and in the studio, developing skills, travel sketching, and so much more.
Simplifying the landscape
Over looking Mendocino
At the Harbor
Looking North

Atmospheric Landscapes in Watercolor - Interactive online course

Next Interactive Course July 1 - August 5 2017 Learn how to say more with less and simplify what you see into more exciting landscape paintings with different atmospheric conditions. Be successful and release the fear of watercolor, ask questions, participate in live Q&A meetings have lifetime access and go-at-your-own-pace. 
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Successful students

I just returned from a workshop in the Appalachian mountains at Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, if you ever have a chance to meet him Joe himself, he will capture your heart and enchant you with his stories. 
The workshop space there is amazing and Oh, my Gosh, to have an art store just on the other side of the door with everything you can possibly imagine, well it's hard not to want to buy everything, it's my kind of candy store, he has a couple of art store locations or you can visit him online
They provide great lunches and at noon many of us sit outside rocking away in the warm breeze.
As you look off into the distance, you can see why they call this place The Blue Ridge Mountains, because they are just that - blue.

Hard working students (and I say the with a smile)

California State University with CWA

Here is a glimpse into our May Workshop that was held at California State University for CWA (California Watercolor Association) what a wonderful group of artists and new friends. Thank you Kathy for the picture.

Free Barns & Ranches course

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New Online Course Backgrounds & Shadows  Apple Blossom & Quince

4 - Week Interactive Course Save 20% on Early registration
Course begins June 3 - July 1 
Free Bonus included I am so excited, as we are getting closer to the launch date I wanted to let you know that I keep coming up with ideas and have been adding more information and new assignments, I think you are going to really love this course. Once the course starts and you are logged (if you like) you can download the video lessons to your computer or device so you can paint anywhere at anytime. The 4-week time span is meant to keep you inspired and on track, but you can also go at your own pace and have lifetime access to the content. During the course I am available to all students for comments and depending on my schedule I will be checking in to the Disqus page often for painting reviews. For more information visit the Enroll in course link. Interaction is optional and not required
Ask questions, upload paintings for re…