Category Archives: Exercises

Don’t Think — Just Draw

Every day when I check my email I have newsletters from artists and art businesses throughout the world. Most are trying to sell me something. In hopes of doing that, many of these emails have something free to offer —

Don’t Think — Just Draw

Every day when I check my email I have newsletters from artists and art businesses throughout the world. Most are trying to sell me something. In hopes of doing that, many of these emails have something free to offer —

Playing with Colors

My watercolor warm-up each morning is quite enjoyable. It’s become one of my favorite times of the day. I squiggle and scribble on newsprint. I splash water and paint here and there, I make thin lines and thick lines, and

Playing with Colors

My watercolor warm-up each morning is quite enjoyable. It’s become one of my favorite times of the day. I squiggle and scribble on newsprint. I splash water and paint here and there, I make thin lines and thick lines, and

Orange with Eucalyptus Leaves

I don’t know if this painting is an improvement over my first still life orangeĀ  or not, but it was a good painting experience for me. Definitely it’s a bit fancier than my first still life orange, so, what do

Orange with Eucalyptus Leaves

I don’t know if this painting is an improvement over my first still life orangeĀ  or not, but it was a good painting experience for me. Definitely it’s a bit fancier than my first still life orange, so, what do

Look Only at the Sky

Although this little practice painting isn’t much to brag about, it represents a big step forward for me with watercolors — as long as you only look at the sky. Yes, I managed to create a pale watercolor-washed sky using

Look Only at the Sky

Although this little practice painting isn’t much to brag about, it represents a big step forward for me with watercolors — as long as you only look at the sky. Yes, I managed to create a pale watercolor-washed sky using

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

Paint Promenade

Here’s my little watercolor warm-up from last Friday morning. I’m calling it Paint Promenade. This was a more-or-less unplanned painting, not really a painting at all, just a quick morning warm-up on a sheet of newsprint. When I began I

Paint Promenade

Here’s my little watercolor warm-up from last Friday morning. I’m calling it Paint Promenade. This was a more-or-less unplanned painting, not really a painting at all, just a quick morning warm-up on a sheet of newsprint. When I began I