Exploring Color Using Grisaille Under-painting

I recently wanted to explore how different watercolor pigments look when painted over different values of permanent gray ink. So I decided to create some color charts that would be Continue Reading →

Sketching and Painting Crocuses

Little Purple Jewels Crocuses are the promise that spring is around the corner. Since I am longing for spring, I decided to sketch a few of these purple jewels. This Continue Reading →

Using a Grisaille Under-Painting in Watercolor

An Easy Way to Establish Value in Your Paintings or Sketches The word “grisaille” is a French word for “gray.” It was an under-painting technique used by 15th-century artists. The Continue Reading →

Framing Your Art

Helpful Hints When framing your art there are many choices to be made. For oils and acrylics, you will need to choose a suitable frame. Pastels, watercolors, and photos, however, Continue Reading →

Correcting Mistakes Using Watercolor Ground

Using Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground I recently had occasion to correct a painting with Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground.  This product was developed in order to be able to paint in watercolor on Continue Reading →

Sketches of Autumn Leaves and Poetry

I Love Painting Autumn Leaves!   Don’t you just love the bright colors of autumn and the cool crisp air?  I certainly do and find it puts me in the mood Continue Reading →

Fall Leaves and Acorns

Using the Negative Painting Technique Here is a recent painting of mine where I used the negative painting technique.   With negative painting, instead of painting a leaf as a Continue Reading →

Making My Coptic Stitch Sketchbook Journal

Coptic Stitch Sketchbook In the last post, I discussed why I like to bind my own journals. Recently I decided to make my own coptic stitch sketchbook journal.  Here are Continue Reading →