Category: watercolour

about all the little details.

As Ferris Beuller wisely reminded us, life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. I spend a lot of time rushing. And this shortcoming often applies to my painting, as well. Of course, one of the so-called rules of watercolour painting that I picked up on early on in my artistic efforts was that in watercolour timing is gosh darn nearly everything. Almost every

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of spring flowers

It’s been nearly six months since I wrote a note here, and regretfully that means I have passed by many opportunties for noting the slow but methodically forward learning that has happened in the intervening span. For example, my spring has been consumed by the most stereotypical of watercolour subject: flowers. You know. Close your eyes. Picture a watercolour painting. Now say aloud what was in the image you just pictured. Ninety-three point four percent

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of winter puppies.

I decided to repaint a picture this morning. Back in January of this year I snapped a bunch of wintery pics of the dog while we were out for a walk in the local dog park, a sprawling river valley forest woven with trails and interesting sights. A couple weeks after snapping those pics, I drew one. I used it as a reference photo for a sketch. It was a light ink sketch of the

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of winter skies.

I decided in later October that I was going to write here more—and then promptly October turned into November and November is a month when I do a 50,000 word novel-writing challenge and that consumes hours of my day, each day, and leaves very little time behind for either art or writing about art. But it’s December now. And I’m still busy trying to bring that novel from about fifty-eight thousand words to a conclusion

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of birches in autumn.

Summer has flitted by in a whirlwind of action, but not without a lot of paint staining the various papers and notebooks in my house. That’s to say, while I don’t really have an excuse for not posting for two months, it has not been because I have abandoned my art efforts, nor fallen to idleness. Autumn has left me inspired, however, and I’ve been out in the trails taking photos, sketching, and generally enjoying

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