Watercolor Painting

Creating Watercolor Paintings of Your Own Kitchen Have you observed your kitchen as inspiration to paint a watercolor? Whether the room is dark or well-lit, cluttered or austere, frugal or grand, neat or piled with dishes, there’s inspiration for the taking. Artists have painted and sketched scenes from kitchens for hundreds of years. The intimacy …

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5 Tips for Your Artist Newsletter How often do you send a newsletter or email to your followers? If the writing segment of your art studio tasks seems insignificant, or the thought of word-smithing gives you a rash, here is a post about why it’s so important. Below are some tips to help with artist …

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Alternative Plans during a Pandemic (for Artists) We’re among thousands of artists who’s exhibit schedule went dark this Spring. What tools do you have in your marketing arsenal for artistic exposure during a Pandemic? Just like other creatives – musicians, entertainers and teachers – we can polish our presence and serve our offerings online. In …

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For the Love of Reading While Sheltering-In, books are a perfect antidote to fretting. A good book closes the door in the room of fragmented thoughts, and sits us firmly in a focus chair to absorb the words in front of us. Reading about art informs and builds your artist’s mental muscles too. Creative Mindset …

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Watercolor Techniques for Beginners, or Returning Artists After a Long Hiatus Welcome Back Here are 5 watercolor techniques to try if you’re a beginner painter. Are you rounding the bend to return to your art? As a previously absent watercolor painter myself, I’m welcoming you with pompoms and cheerleading. You’ve got this! Each watercolor technique …

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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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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 …

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Productive over Perfect Fact: Perfectionism crushes creativity.  An effective way to recover from perfectionism is to start creating. That might seem counter-intuitive, but it follows the same contrarian path towards recovery as other challenging situations. Heartbroken over the end of a relationship? Go volunteer, and give of yourself. That outward act of generosity can backfill …

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When Artists are Jealous I overheard two artists making sharp, envy-driven comments about another artist’s beautiful work at an exhibit. Jealousy is an ugly cloak. Comparisons with other artists should be a healthy exercise, since surveying other people’s work – either on social media, or at exhibits – helps us stay inspired and keen on what’s happening in …

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Why Should Artists Build an Email List and Send Newsletters? I can hear you groaning over that question from here. You’d rather paint or draw than write. Words aren’t your strongest wheelhouse? I get it; you don’t know what to say. And yes, like me – you speak with your hands, so while writing newsletters, …

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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 …

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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 …

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Do You Want to be an Artist? When I first considered leaping into art full time, I didn’t have artist friends to consult. So, I cold-called and emailed several artists I’d heard about, introduced myself, and asked if I could buy them lunch and pepper them with questions related to making art as a livelihood. …

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Where am I? I’ll be traveling in a few weeks, so I’m pondering light weight art supplies. I’ve written about the gear I use  (read that post here) at art festivals and painting workshops, but I’d love to hear what you travel with… what’s your go-to brush set, or palette? How about your fave fold-up chair, …

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No Room on the Artist Elevator Years ago (before social media), an accomplished art instructor gave me a lecture about being industrious in the art world. He said if you collected all the abundantly talented artists in America, you might populate the island of Manhattan in New York. If you removed the artists who didn’t prioritize …

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I had a conversation with a friend about looking at other artists’ work – especially artists who are farther along on the path, and much better we are. Some painters are crippled by those sorts of self-induced comparisons.  I’ve never felt stymied from looking at another artist’s amazingly realized creations. Great art fuels my creative engine. …

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I stayed in an old mill on a river, converted to a Bed & Breakfast Inn, while attending a friend’s wedding in Massachusetts a few years ago, and the background interior of this painting came from photos I took in my room that weekend. The figure was added to the scene from snapshots taken with a model about …

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Getting Back to Art Before diving into art-making full time, I dabbled on and off. Mostly off. For decades. Getting back to art has been one hell of a journey. In my early twenties, I painted and doodled, and kept art journals.  In Rockport, Massachusetts, while renting a converted chicken coop/cottage (below) for the summer with …

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Three Lemons on Blue 5×8 Watercolor Haters and Trolls in the Comments This summer, the haters are out in swarms. Among my community of artisans with an online presence , this is a frequent topic. Haters skulk behind the bluish light of their computer screens, and crouch under the cloak of anonymity, while launching criticism, …

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