Monday, July 27, 2020
I have finally created a course on pouring liquid watercolors!
The course shows how to pour and create a painting of crab apples.
To register for the course, please go to my school https://watercolor-365.teachable.com/
or click here
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Just $19 USD!
So much has been happening since I returned home to the lake. Progress continues to be made on my new studio and now I have made a new course for my online watercolor school. This course is Autumn Leaves. I call it a min-course because it is less than an hour of instruction and costs only $19!
Plus, I am offering a coupon for 20% off this course, as well as my others, until May 1, when you apply the coupon code PAINTATHOME upon checkout.
To access this course, as well as my other courses, please go to my online school at watercolor-365.teachable.com
I hope you enjoy painting the leaves as much as I enjoy making and sharing the course with you.
Friday, February 7, 2020
I did 4 pours on this painting. The letters on some of the tubes were too small to try to mask around. So after I pulled off all the mask, I did paint in some of those smaller letters.
The colors I uses were Winsor Yellow, Winsor Blue (green shade), and Quinacridone Rose.
Fourth and Final Pour
The Big Reveal
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Friday, December 20, 2019
I've been working like mad the past couple of weeks to get another online course out. It has been a challenge with Christmas next week. I did it though! Yay!
The course is of winter roses, also called Hellebore.
It is now available in my online school at watercolor-365.teachable.com
You can watch a promo of the course below.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Marsh's Edge Study
This was a quick study from a photo I took while exploring the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. I wanted to get the brush wet and spend an just an hour playing with the paint. It felt good and discovered what I need to do and not do if I decide to go larger with the painting.
Friday, December 13, 2019
Passion For Poinsettas
I have always had an affection for dinosaurs and even considered a career as a scientific illustrator of dinosaur bones. While at university in Utah, I spent some time cleaning and caring for dinosaur bones as I pursued my degree in Zoology. Upon graduation, I continued to work with dinosaur bones and taught biology classes at the Natural History Museum of Utah. It was at the museum that I worked with the Utah State paleontologist and discovered that the illustration of dinosaur bones was not for me. Too much math was involved and a move to Boston diverted me from the pursuit.
However, I still enjoyed dinosaurs (and still do) and painted a few for fun. In 2003, I was approached by Cogstone Resource Management, a California based company, and asked to create an illustration for their Christmas card. Cogstone is a paleontology company that specializes in the removal of dinosaur bones from construction sites. I, of course, was excited by the idea of painting more dinosaurs. After some sketches, the idea for an illustration of a stegosaurus with poinsettias was conceived. Passion for Poinsettias is the finished illustration.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Maddie and Cameron
Maddie and Cameron is another portrait commission I completed in the spring of this little girl holding her newborn baby brother in her arms. I hope it is a moment that I can help her remember and cherish forever.
I finally got around to creating a time-lapse video of the painting process. You can view the video below.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
This summer, I was commissioned by some family members to paint a portrait of my Great Aunt Lois, who is my mother's aunt and my grandmother's sister. It was her children that commissioned me to paint the portrait. The portrait was to be done from a black and white photograph of her at the age of 18.
My great aunt is now 93 years old and is still very active. She spends half the year on cruises, sightseeing the world. I was honored that her children asked me to paint a portrait of their mother and of one of my favorite aunts. Of course I wanted to change the photograph by adding color to it. I did want the painting the fade out into a gray, as if the painting were a memory coming to life. I also painted it on handmade paper to help give it a vintage look. I didn't know the color of the dress and was pleased to discover that it was the color I painted it.
I was excited to discover that I would be able to present the painting to her at the family reunion where she proceeded to tell the story behind the photograph.
Lois explained that the photograph was taken just after she had graduated high school from a small town in Southeastern Idaho. This was when many of her friends had enlisted in the navy and had been shipped off to Europe or Japan to fight in the war (WWII). Lois wanted to cheer them up and to remind them of her so she got all dressed up and wore a special bracelet with an anchor on it (unfortunately I did not know this nor was I told about this) just for the photograph. Lois mentioned that she sent the photograph to these boyfriends hoping they would remember her and write her back. She did get one reply back from a farm boy she liked very much. The reply was that the photo reminded him of home and he could smell the country air and the manure when he saw it. Lois said that she never wrote that boy again.
Me presenting the painting to my Great Aunt Lois
Friday, November 29, 2019
Another thing I am experimenting with is technique and how to paint snow. Since I lived for many years in an area that didn't get much snow as well as the fact that I use to hate snow, I don't have many photo references to work from. I now live in a cold and sometimes snowy area and need to come to terms with it and make friends with cold and snow.
For this painting I did a lot of experimentation to get the look of frost and snow. I didn't want to use masking fluid because it can leave behind hard lines. I wanted a softer look to the painting and had to be creative with what I used to keep that look. I also worked in wet-in-wet almost the whole time, starting with wetting the whole paper and keeping it moist as I painted. I use salt quite often and continued to use it here. A medicine dropper was used to add big water drops, a spray bottle to add little drops, and bleach. Yes, bleach. I had heard it can be used so I tried it. I was hoping it would create a big water drop look and also lighten some areas that got too dark for me. It didn't create quite the effect I had hoped it would but at least I gave it a shot.