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
If your life is anything like mine, you probably don't have the opportunity to do art as much as you'd like. Maybe you've worked out a schedule that gives you an hour or two every day, or (more likely) a few hours once or twice a week.
Or maybe you have plenty of time in the studio, but you have several projects going at the same time and skip from one to another.
Either way,. . . 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
Nowadays, nearly everyone carries a lot of stuff, all the time. Which means we’re always finding new ways to carry that. . . read more
As a watercolorist, I've been painting since the mid '80's. New techniques come and go but here's one I've been perfecting for a while. I call it "black outline art" and use it to create a kind of stained glass appearance in watercolor paintings.
I actually stumbled on this technique a few years ago and am not really sure of it's origins. . . I'm sure other artists have used similar. . . read more
Welcome to the fifth article in my series on the classical painting method known as the Flemish Method. Used by 16th and 17th. . . read more
Welcome to the fourth article in my latest series describing the classic Flemish Method of painting. If you haven’t done so. . . read more