Tips & Tricks

Let’s Talk Light

Let’s talk about light this week and how it plays an important role in a painting. I’m going to use my painting On the Mooring as a reference, as I love how the early morning light played an important role in the success of the painting. There are a few elements that make a painting […]

Let’s Talk Light Read More »


In my last few blogs, I kept going reiterating the term “values”, so I decided this week to talk more about what that means by using an example of my drawing, Goat Island Light. While I am known for my watercolors paintings, pencil drawings actually happen to be my favorite. I don’t know why, but

Values Read More »

Less Is More

Ever since I began teaching, I get a lot of students who want to paint the beach and seagrass, so I feel it’s time to have a chat about both of those. Painting a beach scene can seem like a simple painting, but you would be surprised at how difficult it can be to choose

Less Is More Read More »

Keeping It Simple!

A lot of times an artist can overcomplicate their approach to a painting, which then results in an overcomplicated painting. As an artist, I’m guilty of this too. So this week I want to talk about keeping it simple. Using my new painting, Nubble Winter, as a reference to keeping it simple, let’s get to

Keeping It Simple! Read More »

Watercolor Basics II

Brushes are an important tool for your success. There are a lot of types of brushes offered for painting watercolors, which can be confusing; let me be of help. Let’s start with synthetic brushes, which typically are the most affordable, tend to keep a full spring (the brush holds together and does not splay when applied

Watercolor Basics II Read More »

Watercolor Basics

I started teaching watercolor painting classes this past week and it has brought back some basics… Just like anything in life, in order to have a solid painting, you need to have a solid foundation. To start, there are 3 basic types of paper: hot press, cold press, and rough. When I first started, I only

Watercolor Basics Read More »

Shopping Cart