Category Archives: Challenges and Contests

I Painted a Bird

All right, so it’s not a complete bird. I won’t argue with you over that point. It is, however, at least part of a bird, and for a beginning watercolor artist… well, personally, I considered this head of a hairy

I Painted a Bird

All right, so it’s not a complete bird. I won’t argue with you over that point. It is, however, at least part of a bird, and for a beginning watercolor artist… well, personally, I considered this head of a hairy

Just Do It!

Just do it! Those words were popularized as Nike’s slogan for a long time. It’s a positive, uplifting, encouraging statement. Whatever it is you’re wanting to do, just do it. For me and my art work, just do it has become

Just Do It!

Just do it! Those words were popularized as Nike’s slogan for a long time. It’s a positive, uplifting, encouraging statement. Whatever it is you’re wanting to do, just do it. For me and my art work, just do it has become

Watercolor – A Direct Approach

Just when I think I’m getting the hang of watercolors… just when I’m starting to feel a bit more at ease, a bit more expressive, and — dare I say it? — a bit more confident with watercolors, along comes another

Watercolor – A Direct Approach

Just when I think I’m getting the hang of watercolors… just when I’m starting to feel a bit more at ease, a bit more expressive, and — dare I say it? — a bit more confident with watercolors, along comes another

A Visit to the Moelwyns

Virtual travel is so pleasant! In real life, I’m not much of a traveler at all. I much prefer staying home, playing in my art studio, and living a quiet life. With the world at my fingertips through the internet,

A Visit to the Moelwyns

Virtual travel is so pleasant! In real life, I’m not much of a traveler at all. I much prefer staying home, playing in my art studio, and living a quiet life. With the world at my fingertips through the internet,

Evening Storm

I’m very pleased with how this painting — part of my 100-day creative adventure — came out. It is based on “Evening Storm”, a watercolor included in Watercolour Painting with Aubrey Phillips. Because the illustration in the book covers two pages,

Evening Storm

I’m very pleased with how this painting — part of my 100-day creative adventure — came out. It is based on “Evening Storm”, a watercolor included in Watercolour Painting with Aubrey Phillips. Because the illustration in the book covers two pages,

The Three-Quarters Pole

I learned an interesting fact today about horse-racing. Those markers you see along the track don’t tell how far the jockey has come but show instead how far he still must go. In other words, the “quarter pole” doesn’t indicate

The Three-Quarters Pole

I learned an interesting fact today about horse-racing. Those markers you see along the track don’t tell how far the jockey has come but show instead how far he still must go. In other words, the “quarter pole” doesn’t indicate

What Went Wrong? – Part 2

Before I recount my tale of woe and share the steps I took from hopeful start to disastrous finish of my “Winter Stream” painting, let me take a moment first to more properly introduce Aubrey Phillips. Phillips was from the

What Went Wrong? – Part 2

Before I recount my tale of woe and share the steps I took from hopeful start to disastrous finish of my “Winter Stream” painting, let me take a moment first to more properly introduce Aubrey Phillips. Phillips was from the

What Went Wrong? – Part 1

I had high hopes for this painting. I suppose that was my first big mistake. My second mistake, I think, was that I tried to do everything right, to the best of my ability. The reason that was probably a

What Went Wrong? – Part 1

I had high hopes for this painting. I suppose that was my first big mistake. My second mistake, I think, was that I tried to do everything right, to the best of my ability. The reason that was probably a

Fast and Furious

Our midwestern weather is finally warming up. As I write this — on May Day — it’s close to eighty degrees outside, which for those of you who don’t use Fahrenheit is about 27 degrees Celsius. Either way you go,

Fast and Furious

Our midwestern weather is finally warming up. As I write this — on May Day — it’s close to eighty degrees outside, which for those of you who don’t use Fahrenheit is about 27 degrees Celsius. Either way you go,

Late for the Party

I am about to set off on a creative adventure. It’s one I vaguely recall reading about before, but not one that I’ve seriously considered in the past. It’s the “100 Day Project” but with a few personal caveats. First,

Late for the Party

I am about to set off on a creative adventure. It’s one I vaguely recall reading about before, but not one that I’ve seriously considered in the past. It’s the “100 Day Project” but with a few personal caveats. First,