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!
One of my favorite methods of oil painting is the Flemish Method. It’s a 7-step painting process with luminous results, but. . . read more
Editor’s Note: We sent an email to Rosemary & Co asking if they had any tips for oil painters choosing brushes. Here. . . read more
When you hear the word "contrast," you probably think of dark versus light. But paintings can have many different kinds of contrast in them. Here are just a few:
• Cool / Warm • Light / Dark • Sharp / Blurry • Thick paint / Thin paint • Sketchy / Detailed • Straight / Curved
Today I'm going to demonstrate how to add contrast to a. . . 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. . . read more
One of the beautiful characteristics of soft pastels is the way they can be manipulated to create soft, smeared effects when painting. Today I'll be sharing my own step-by-step method of using soft pastels, with an emphasis on smudging.
NOTE: “Smearing” is also commonly known as “smudging” in pastel terminology.
Step 1: Block in your basic. . . 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. . . read more
Paintings are like children: they grow up, eventually, and move out of the house (hopefully). Along the way, they need to find their own place to live.
That's what a picture frame is, to my way of thinking—a home for the painting.
The basic function of a frame is to keep the environment from infringing too much, and separate it from that nearby plant and lamp. In an austere. . . 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. . . read more