Interiors in Art

Tools for Beginner Watercolor Artists Beginner watercolor artists need encouragement, tips and effective tools to stay with this lovely medium. Have you ever heard someone say “I tried watercolors once, and I’m terrible, so I gave up.”? Don’t be that person. Stick with it. Watercolors need to be courted for a little while before they’ll …

5 Great Tools for Beginner Watercolor Artists, and Some Tips Read More »

Getting Past Ugly in Your Art Making art often stalls in the Ugly Tunnel. On your pilgrimage to a finished watercolor, there’s a crossing in the journey where the pigments, composition and overall look of your work in process can get a bit wonky. It’s important that you avoid stopping there. It would be easy …

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Monotype Ghost Prints If you’re new here, and unfamiliar with monotypes as a printmaking method, take a look at this post to see process shots.  Monotypes are very painterly prints, made with pigment alone (no incised lines on the plate) and they can be made in a huge variety of ways, with no press, and …

Monotype: Climb Back In Read More »

Art Links for You Here are some art links for you this week, with hopes that you’ll latch onto something that fires your urge to create, and muffles your inner critic. It’s Spring. Lets get some inspiring snapshots from around the yard, and make something soon! Solar Plate Printmaking If you live near Santa Fe, …

Art Links for You, and a Watercolor of a Kitchen Read More »

In the Car with Bonnard I’m still thinking about, and staring at Pierre Bonnard. (If you missed the previous posts on my current muse, you can read them here and here.) I’m leaning into painting interior scenes in watercolor after looking at Bonnard’s untroubled vignettes from around the garden, and inside the bathroom and kitchen …

Painting Interior Scenes in Watercolor – Inspiration from Bonnard Read More »

Silk Aquatint ExperimentsWhat’s a Silk Aquatint?¬†¬†This previous post¬†covers the mechanics of how silk aquatints work, and some of the materials used.¬† Let me show you more details here so you can build one yourself. Silk Aquatint is a form of printmaking that’s considered an intaglio print – that is – you’re printing from the recessed …

Making a Silk Aquatint: The Captain’s Cabin Read More »

What’s a Monotype? A few posts back – the one about printmaking ink I accidentally left on a monotype plate for several weeks – I got a flurry of questions about monotypes. So let’s review, shall we? Monotypes are¬†a printmaking method that don’t require carving, engraving, acid or solvents, and depending on your approach and …

Light Field Monotype: Monterey Retreat Read More »

Finding Time for Inktober The challenge of sketching an ink drawing in a sketchbook every day for 30 days can be overwhelming when you already have a busy month. This year’s Inktober was no exception, but I’m glad I squeezed a few of the sketches in between other obligations. When drawing is at the front …

Pen and Ink Drawing for Inktober – Secret Sanctuary (Flowing) Read More »

Paint your Life My first home after re-locating from the East Coast a few decades ago was a stucco, 1950’s ice-cube-tray styled apartment building in Glendale, California. The scent from my neighbor’s orange trees and the hazy, filtered sunlight made up for what the space lacked in character, and trying to capture the not-new-england atmosphere …

Watercolor: Glendale and Painting your Places Read More »

Watercolor Sketches I rented a crooked-but-cozy Connecticut lake cabin on a trip to my home town a few years ago, and this sun porch was my favorite room. My grandparent’s house had a sun porch the length of the house, and my brothers and I spent many hours sprawled on the braided rag rugs, playing …

Painting Studies in a Watercolor Sketchbook Read More »

Painting Interior Spaces with Watercolor This watercolor was inspired by a reference photo taken in Florence, Italy a few decades ago. Old world charm, wrapped around a relaxed array of books, maps and tangerines from the market downstairs, all warmed with a wash of Italian light. I’ve loved window light spilling over rooms like this …

Watercolor: Vacation Rental and Links to Watercolor Tips Read More »

5 Tips for Showing your Art to the Public I’ll be driving south for the San Diego Artwalk in a week. Standing in my art booth, surrounded by 350 other artists and 100,000 people is a pendulum swing of contrast from the typical artists’ solitude in the studio. Like an athlete pre-visualizing for a game, …

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Surrounded by Shortcuts As a painter and printmaker, I enjoy things that require steps or process. I also like to garden and cook for those same sequential rhythms. And I like to make art more often than any other activity. How about you? Working with my hands is meditative. Years ago, as a newbie attending …

Firenze Cucina – Watercolor and Making Art More Often Read More »

Nourish your Creative Self Advice for Life Thank goodness brilliant minds take time to document ideas, creations and formulas. Especially these days, with storm clouds all around. Where would we be without the written word, or art supplies? You and I have the option to pour over the masterful conclusions scribbled and painted by smart …

Watercolor – Nested Read More »

Mixing Greens Now that I‚Äôm finished with Spring art festivals and overseas travels, it‚Äôs time to sort the studio and plan summer paintings. ¬†I‚Äôm almost finished with two citrus watercolors similar to this one. While mixing yellows and greens for grapefruit, oranges, and citrus leaves, I refer to Jeanne Dobie‚Äôs Making Color Sing. I like …

Watercolor – Open Morning (& mixing greens in watercolor) Read More »

If you visit here often, you might know I’m an Audiobook¬†fan. ¬†I recently finished listening to News of the World, Born a Crime and The Demon Under the Microscope, and I loved all of them. I’m challenging myself to read (listen to) 25 books in 2017, which is lofty¬†– for me – but aim for …

Watercolor: What’re we doing Today (& Digital vs Paper Books) Read More »

You’re a Creative Person too I just had a chat with my neighbor¬†about creativity. I talk about being creative¬†a lot at art festivals¬†and social mixers. ¬†When someone asks what I do, and I say “I’m an artist.”, my new acquaintance usually turns wistful, and replies: “Oh, it must be so wonderful to be creative. I¬†wish …

Drypoint Engraving: Asleep in Rome (& Are You Creative?) Read More »

Staggered Beginnings I started this monotype in my previous studio about¬†three years ago. ¬†Yep, that’s¬†a thousand days, people. I’m predictable in my art-making process; I get *so* excited to start!¬†The early stages of making put me in a fevered flow state. ¬†While happily playing with¬†color and shape,¬†I don’t feel hunger, fatigue, or distraction. I’m a …

Monotype: Keyhole to Springtime (& finishing what you started) Read More »

Do you use time wisely? Are you making new stuff? And sharing your art¬†on social media? Are you using free segments¬†in your crammed schedule¬†to your best advantage for creativity, exposure and community-building? Or do you surf around “for inspiration”, killing time that might be better spent making something? As Tim Gunn says: Make it work. …

Woodcut: Bergamo Window (& encouragement to use time wisely) Read More »

I’m still working on the nocturnal watercolor on yupo I mentioned in the last post, so stay tuned (or subscribe) for that coming soon…. In the meantime, I feel compelled to share a humorous, smart, thought-provoking essay on Why Procrastinators Procrastinate. Are you in the Staller Club too? Do you wait till the eleventh hour to …

Travel Watercolors of Italy (& staying focused on art) Read More »

I keep a notebook to scribble¬†To-Do’s, painting ideas, and tidbits gleaned from books and the web. It’s old fashioned to keep a paper To-Do list, I know, but I love the feel of paper, and I enjoy¬†writing lists. It’s as important as keeping a moleskine for field sketching in watercolor – both in my car, …

Field Sketching in Watercolor Read More »

The San Diego Festival of the Arts on Waterfront park was lovely last week. We had a gray day to start on Saturday, but eventually, the sun came out along with the crowds, and I saw plenty of¬†people strolling the lawn with paintings & sculpture under their arms. ¬†I sold both watercolors and printmaking, so …

Watercolor: Aperture Read More »

Trace Monotype In¬†the last post, I mentionedI was working on¬†a new printmaking demo video of a trace monotype.¬† It’s published now, and I hope you find the method inspiring enough to try. After the printmaking ink was dry – you’ll see a sequence where I added layers of watercolor and pastel to the print.¬† My …

Monotype: Between Friends – and a video tutorial on Trace Monotype Read More »