Monday, October 24, 2011

"Mossy Cave Trail - Utah"

Using the plastic wrap technique in this painting we will be starting in class.  It's definitely fun to see random results and incorporate them into some realsim.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


This is the finished koi fish painting....Definitely a challenge but had a lot of fun doing it.

Monday, October 3, 2011


New classes are starting and this is the first project we will be doing. I feel like it will cover a lot of different watercolor applications and the background is easy because it's just put on in any direction. Colors we will be using are follows:

Butterfly: Winsor Yellow, New Gamboge, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Alizarin Crimson (if you don't have cadmium orange you can mix winsor yellow with alizarin) Paynes gray and burnt sienna for the dark areas.

Flowers: Winsor Yellow, New Gamboge, Cobalt blue, Alizarin, Burnt Sienna

Background: Cobalt blue, Payne's gray.....spatter with winsor yellow, burnt sienna and cob.alt blue. Also applied Thalo blue in areas to brighten.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Working on a commission's a culmination of different photos I took at Homestead Gardens and I put together for a composition. Challenging and I feel like I have to take my time with it for some reason....some paintings are like that.....the people I'm doing it for are very patient and very sweet! I'm not going to show the finished piece until I show them first......This is just a little glimpse.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Added more shaded areas as I established my light source. This is a very loose approach and I could add more to this but I like the simplicity of it and feel it could get overworked.....something I'm quite guilty of!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

We're working on these hydrangeas at the workshop.....great day of learning how to paint.....but hard work!! Thanks everyone for coming.....see you next week!

Sunday, June 12, 2011


I'm having a beginner watercolor workshop at my home this Wednesday, and there are a few openings left if you are interested in learning how to get started painting.

Time: 9:00-3:00
Cost: $35.00

Paints and paper can be purchased from me. If you're interested send me an email at

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

We're working on flowers today and thought I'd post my unfinished class demo. I was working on an easel and I find my work is looser but the paints wash out a bit because they fall and don't hold their color. It's an interesting way to paint and I do it frequently in class so they can see. Thinking I'll keep working on this, but the flowers died! Uh oh.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Almost done.......did a wash of chinese white over the windows of the boat then scrubbed out a highlight to make it look like a reflection. Finished the chain with some cadmium red and some violet for darker areas of the chain. Scratched out some highlights in the chain. Did the rope with cobalt blue and permanent rose highlights and also some winsor yellow highlights. The "Mama's Boy" lettering on the boat I was careful to shadow the areas in shadow and lighten the areas in the light. Lighten with yellow or orange, shadow with darker reds light alizarin or violet.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Mama's Boy"

I'm almost done with this painting for our class. For those who are doing this painting along with me and have to be absent, I will list the colors I have used.
Sky: Cerulean blue, Cadmium red, with a very light wash on lower horizon with Winsor Yellow.
Water: Cadmium red, cerulean blue, thalo blue, ultramarine blue, and then for the dark a mix of cadmium red and ultramarine blue. This wash must be laid in a few time to get the dark blue of the water.
Boat relection in water: Dark shadow - mix cadmium red and ultramarine blue for the violet and then mix that with some thalo blue...not too much. After that dries then scrub the edges to blur thenm a bit. After that dries, then lay a wash of yellow ochre mixed with cobalt blue over the whole thing being careful not to smear too much of the dark shadow into the other areas. The very dark shadow area under the boat I used payne's gray mixed with a little yellow ochre.
Boat: Do shadowed areas first with a mix of cerulean blue and alizarin crimson. Again, blur edges. Then add some winsor yellow around the edges of the shadow, being careful to save white areas. Touch in while wet some alizarin crimson and I also used permanent rose to some of the brighter areas. For the bottom of the boat there is a little blue green area that I used thalo blue and some yellow ochre with some darker spots with payn'es gray.
For the decking of the boat, it's mainly the same colors, being careful to save white areas. I used winsor yellow and alizarin and/or permanent rose in the redder areas. My photo I was working with has more pinks and violets in it.
Will give you more info when I'm done which should be very soon. Happy painting and if you have questions, you can email me....:)