The Succulent

If you aren’t already, it’s a good time to follow me on Instagram: I usually post photos of my paintings as I work on them, long before I get around to writing a blog post or publishing the finial paintings on my website.

Lately I have practiced painting greens; all the variations of hues, tones…

The Robin

I’ve been in a bit of a rut, having no real inspiration for painting. Normally I would look at a reference image and feel inspired to recreate its beauty, but lately…. So my husband picked a photo from my reference stash for me to paint in the hopes I got out of this rut. His…

Preparing Your Ceramic Plate For Watercolor Paint

A lot of artists suggest using ceramic plates (or specially designed palettes) as your watercolor pallet. This is a great idea since ceramic:

Doesn’t stain, which is common with the cheap but popular plastic palettes. Doesn’t bead; it spreads evenly across the surface so you know exactly what your paint color looks like.

What many artists…

How To: Quick and Easy Grid for Easy Image Transfer Drawings

A friend asked me how I make accurate drawings on my watercolour paper – it’s a skill that many people struggle with. Transferring drawings onto watercolour paper can be as daunting of a task as painting. It’s a vital step, and if your sketch isn’t accurate then your finished painting may look awkward. Drawing freehand can be…

Colorful Waterfall

Sometimes I imagine something amazing in my mind, yet yet the finished painting turns nothing out like I imagined. This is one such example.

Terry Harrison Lesson

The other day I was going through my archive of paintings, and came across one of my very first watercolour paintings.

To make this finished painting I used a tutorial from the from the book Trace & Paint Watercolour (Ready to Paint) by the authors Terry Harrison, Geoff Kersey and Arnold Lowrey. This…

Practicing Negative Painting

On top of learning how to control watercolours, there are also a variety of techniques to learn that will help you achieve depth and a solid painting. One of these techniques is negative painting.

In essential principles, negative painting is when you paint around a shape and not the actual shape of the object.

In…

Wet on Wet Fantasy Background

I was just playing around with dropping wet paint onto wet paper. I really enjoyed this exercise, and was pleasantly surprised at how they turned it a very misty surreal background.

Working On The Doorway

The first step in painting The Doorway was to paint the background. If you remember from some of my previous paintings I fell in love with textures, specifically textures made with salt.

I wanted the windows to vary in color as if they were stained glass or older style glass. I varied mixtures of Daniel…