The Joy of Watercolor is something I put together to remind myself why we paint in the first place. It's a free online video course featuring watercolor demonstrations and exercises that uplift and encourage you to keep on painting, embrace your creativity, and just love painting even more.
Ignite your passion for watercolor painting. . . get inspired today!
When you hear the word “contrast,” you probably think of dark versus light. But paintings can have many different. . . read more
If you’ve got a mixed media painting that is nearly done but not quite—you know it just needs a little something to complete. . . read more
For some people, planning your next abstract artwork comes easy. . . for others, it can be torturous. And even the best artists get stuck once in a while!
If you're feeling like you just can't get started on your next abstract piece, here are several methods I use to jumpstart my creative process:
1. Get a visual
This is where my love of Pinterest and. . . read more
One of the beautiful characteristics of soft pastels is the way they can be manipulated to create soft, smeared effects when. . . read more
If you’re like most artists, you’ve probably experienced how difficult it is to apply a good varnish finish to your. . . read more
NOTE: Special thanks to Craftsy for letting me review “Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink & Watercolor” for free, and reducing the price to $14.99 for EmptyEasel readers through June 30th, 2015.. . . read more
Paintings are like children: they grow up, eventually, and move out of the house (hopefully). Along the way, they need to find. . . read more
Today I want to share a fun painting technique that works well with watercolors and—actually—almost any other media!. . . read more
The following scene was sketched while on holiday in Suffolk, sitting on the village green overlooking some wonderful wonky houses and a general store with a very low lintel—hence the name of the store and painting, Duck or Grouse Village Store.
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If your life is anything like mine, you probably don’t have the opportunity to do art as much as you’d like. Maybe. . . read more
One of the joys of painting with mixed-media is the freedom to create unique textures and patterns in your backgrounds. While. . . read more