Saturday, December 31, 2022

Go Forth and Paint!

 This entry was originally posted on Sunday, December 31, 2012

Now that you have been armed with knowledge of how to conquer watercolor,

grab that brush and paper, and 

Go Forth and Paint!


Wishing all of you painting success in 2013.

And in this case, 2023!

Thank you once again for being a part of my watercolor journey.


Friday, December 30, 2022

Sunday Secrets #50

  This entry was originally posted on Sunday, December 30, 2012

Today's Sunday Secrets is from Jenny in California, a faithful follower. 

She asks, "Now that your year of daily tips on Watercolor Weapons is almost over, what do you plan to do?"

 That is a great question. What do I do now?


Yes, tomorrow is my last day for posting a watercolor tip each and every day.

I can't believe it is almost over!

It has been a wonderful experience and I have enjoyed meeting so many other watercolor enthusiasts.

Your work and your thoughts are so inspiring!!

Thank you for sharing them.


So now that my year is over, the first thing I am going to do is take a short break from the blog.

(don't worry; it will only be a couple of weeks)

I plan on continuing with my painting tips.

However, it won't be daily.

More like weekly or biweekly.


Right now I have another artistic goal I need to focus more time on.

It is my Masters of Art Education.

My thesis and the paintings associated with the thesis need to be done by the end of August.

It is an exciting prospect and I am thrilled to have an opportunity to continue to learn and to teach.


I hope that you will continue to share your thoughts, your paintings, and your own artistic goals with me.


Thursday, December 29, 2022

Make An Artistic Goal

 This entry was originally posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012

It is that time of year again where we start to think about New Year's Resolutions and Goals.


This coming year, try to make art your resolution and your goal.

If art is already a part of your life

(and I am sure for almost everyone reading this, it is),

be more specific about an aspect of art you want to do.

Is there a workshop you want to take?

Do you want to master the art of trees, portrait painting, or a different medium?

Is it time to finally keep a journal filled with notes about your artistic adventure?


What is it that you really want to accomplish for you and your art in 2013?


Be sure to write it down and keep it visible to remind yourself or your goal.

Also remember that art is a journey and a process.

It will lead you places you have never imagined possible.


Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Frame It

   This entry was originally posted on Friday, December 28, 2012

Framing makes a world of difference to just about any painting.

It feels complete and real.

It now has presence and cannot be pushed under the bed and forgotten.

It needs to be hung and admired by all.


 Don't forget to sign it before you frame it though!

The world needs to know who did that fabulous work of art.


Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Matte It

  This entry was originally posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012

I keep several white mattes of different sizes on hand to matte my work with.

It helps to give the work a finished look.

The matte also allows me to see my mistakes better and if the painting is working. 

It is amazing what a matte will do.


Monday, December 26, 2022

Own It!

 This entry was originally posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012

There comes a time in your painting that you need to realize that it is what it is.

There is nothing wrong with the painting even though you may think you see all sorts of mistakes.

Stop criticizing the work (and yourself) and learn to approve and love what is there.

In other words, 

own it!


It is no longer a mistake but you meant to do that.

You wanted the paint to run that way or you muddied that section to help the focal point glow.

And so on, and so forth.

Be confident in your mistakes.

It is part of the key to success. 


Accept and embrace.

Then learn and move on.

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas

 This entry was originally posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas!

May you have a wonderful day renewing your creative self by being with loved ones and admiring the beauty of the season.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Sunday Secrets #49

 This entry was originally posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012

Today's Sunday Secrets is from LynnShe asks,

"When is a painting really done??"

That is an excellent question, LynnThank you for asking.

According to Leonardo da Vinci,

"Art is never finished, only abandoned."


Figurative painter Euan Uglow once said,

"I don't really finish a painting, it stops."


I have to agree with both da Vinci and Uglow. 

I try to assess the painting to determine if it is finished by going through all my critiquing techniques of surprising the painting, and reducing it, among others. 

But to be honest, a painting does just stop.

Then it starts to become overworked.


I am a better judge of when I start to overwork a painting than when I am finished.

An overworked painting loses its freshness.

I become tired and bored. 

My mind wanders to other things.

That or I have run out of time. (deadlines help a lot!)


As soon as I feel that this is happening, I stop and sign it.

It is done.


And as Robert Genn says,

"80% finished is better than 2% overworked."

Quit while you are ahead.


Friday, December 23, 2022

Learn Something New Everyday

 This entry was originally posted on Saturday, December 22, 2012

Brain studies suggest that by learning something new everyday, 

you increase your overall health and well being.


I have been painting for many years yet

I have no doubt that every time I pick up a brush and paint, I am learning something new.


Spend time painting everyday

and you will be learning something new.


Your brain will thank you.


Thursday, December 22, 2022

Water Washes Away

  This entry was originally posted on Friday, December 21, 2012

Water washes away most mistakes.

As long as the paper and/or paint are wet, water can wash away unwanted dribbles, drips, and strokes of bad judgement.


Remember to keep a spray bottle handy to help wash those mistakes away.