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March 15, 2020

With Saint Patricks Day coming on Tuesday, I thought I would discuss the proper use of the color green.  If you have taken a class from me, you have heard me say, "DON'T STIR UP YOUR COLORS."  When mixing yellow and blue together, leave a little space between them on y...

March 1, 2020

Painting in Denver Botanic Gardens is always exciting because there are so many colors to work with.  The possibilities can be overwhelming so using a complimentary color scheme can  provide a logical starting point.  In this case, I found a place in the garden where t...

February 23, 2020

A dreary weather day like today is a good time to paint an interior.  Van Gogh, Bonnard, Howard Morgan, and many other artists painted their bedrooms and this is a challenge for you to follow in their footsteps.  Choosing an interesting viewpoint is your first step.  I...

February 17, 2020

The secret to sunbathing in February is taking a trip to the French Riviera.  Doesn't that sound like a marvelous idea?  I painted this while sitting on the beach in Nice on a beautiful warm sunny day.  It was a painting trip that started in Nice, then I went down the...

February 3, 2020

Last Friday I taught a one day workshop titled "The Art of Shape:  Interpreting Your Subject Using Shapes" and I want to thank everyone that attended the workshop.  Learning to see your subject matter in terms of simple shapes can set your composition and get you start...

January 26, 2020

This was painted in the little "hippie" town of Arroyo Secco just a couple miles outside of Taos New Mexico.  It is one of the favorite painting sights for my annual Taos Watercolor Workshop in late May.  I have painted this old adobe mission many times from different...

January 19, 2020

Painting in someplace like Denver Botanic Gardens can be overwhelming and it helps to simplify the process by using a viewer and a color scheme.  Firs,t use the viewer to zoom in on different areas and eliminate surrounding details.  This orange flower was surrounded b...

January 13, 2020

Previously I sent out a copy I made of a Tom Noble painting and talked about how copying an artist's work is a great way to learn.  You then need to apply what you learned to a your own work and that is what I did in this painting.  These old adobe buildings which are...

January 5, 2020

The last time I was in Paris I stayed in Montmartre which is the famous art district where so many artists, like Lautrec, Picasso, and Chagall, lived and worked.  Because I stayed there, I was able to see the neighborhood in evening light and that is what inspired this...

December 30, 2019

I have always been intrigued by the watercolor paintings of Taos artist Tom Nobel and I decided to copy this painting of his and several others to learn more about his unique style.  Tom lived in Taos and managed to capture the enchantment of New Mexico in a very speci...

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