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Your Color Palette

January 24, 2021

Let’s look into your past, to your very first watercolor painting experience – you were a young child with a children’s watercolor palette set, a plastic brush (or your fingers) and a piece of paper. Was I close? I’m describing my first experience though I don’t remember it exactly. Some watercolorists use palettes that look

Sketching and Sketchbooks

December 28, 2020

Anyone with the slightest interest in creating art should keep a sketchbook. No matter what kind of artist you are, a sketchbook is a personal record of your creative journey. The sketches in my books range from doodles to words to line drawings to detailed 3 dimensional drawings – the contents of the creative side

Painting Without White

November 20, 2020

Did you know that white paint isn’t used in traditional watercolors? True story. The reason? Watercolors are, for the most part, transparent, so the white of the paper shows through. With watercolors you don’t completely cover the paper with pigment, you just decide how much of it to leave exposed. When painting something white or

C’est le Papier!

November 10, 2020

People occasionally ask me about which paints I use, but no one ever asks me about the paper, and they should! For a watercolor artist, paper reigns supreme. Here’s how I learned this bit of wisdom…

Why Paint Japan?

October 23, 2020

I am asked that a lot. When I respond that I lived in Asia for ten years, people imagine my life as an artist in Japan, me happily painting the days away. But that’s not how it happened.