So many people have said to me, “I could never paint watercolor! It is so hard to work with.”  I couldn’t disagree more.  While I understand that there is a delicate balance between water and color, or pigment, I absolutely love the way it moves, the surprises and elements of happy accidents can give you a new direction or even an end result that is absolutely delightful.  While I also paint with acrylic and pastel (I love those too), watercolor came  first for me once I transitioned from pencil to paint!

Some qualities I particularly enjoy are watching how different pigments work together..or don’t. Learning that balance between  water and pigment, and how to manipulate it is a forever learning experience.  How the pigment suspends, or breaks down it water.  Some pigments, like Antwerp Blue, actually seem to run to the water, seeking it out.  I love the transparent colors and demonstrating the differences between transparent and opaque colors.  It’s a dance.

When I’m working with acrylic, I actually use it in very much the same methods as I do with watercolor…in layered glazes. I use water with the acrylic to help it move (mostly because I’m addicted to the movement of watercolor) but have to be careful not to use too much water or it breaks down the color too much.

But this is a discussion of watercolor.  It’s really important to know your colors.  Know what they are like full strength and how they “grade” down to their lightest light.  Know what colors mix well and what shades result.  What colors are complementary?  Your color wheel can help with that, and I use other tools too.  Check out the video below and I’ll show you some very handy tools you can use to really get familiar with the colors in your palette.  There is more to read after the video, so don’t go away just yet!

So, now that you’ve seen the video, here is the secret.  Creating those charts was not my idea.  It came from the most valuable book I ever purchased on the topic of Watercolor: “The Watercolor Painter’s Pocket Palette” by Moira Clinch.  Click on the ad to buy it from Amazon sellers. And, till next time, happy painting!


Wow, I can’t believe how long this has taken, and FLASH in a few days a friend with know-how made tons of improvements that had been holding me back.  In the meantime, I’ve changed the overall idea from a 26 week course, to full length videos and particular topics.   So, what will change is that there will not a monthly fee, but you’ll be able to join for an annual fee of  only $29.97 and then be able to buy whatever video you need for where you’re at.  Note, you will need  high speed internet access (DSL or faster) to see the videos without interruption.  If you don’t have high speed internet, I’ll put the video on a DVD for you for an small fee.

Your annual membership will also give you access to live streaming instruction that I will offer via ustream once I have at least 10 people signed up.  So, stay tuned, it really is coming SOON!  Thank you, Donna!!!  Keep up and Follow me on Facebook and/or catch me on Twitter!


I’m making headway….but before I go on, I want to welcome you to this new site! Together we will explore the wonderful world of Art…and how to create it for yourself! All of the videos here right now are FREE for your perusal and growth. Spend a few minutes, read the posts, watch the videos…and please, let me hear from you.  Post a comment, say hello, and let me know what you’d like to see in a video, are you skeptical?  A beginner, or have you been painting/drawing for a while but find you’re stuck somewhere, or just need a new way to do something!   Let me know!

Coming soon, will be a full 26 week (or more ) course. Videos in learning to Draw, learning toPaint with watercolor or…both! Be sure to fill in your email to get first notice when we go live!


It’s finished! and Thanks!

Thanks to those of you who took the survey!  Daisies won:  paint the stems and centers….so I did, and here it is:

Connections 20 x 16 Scratchboard

Connections 20 x 16 Scratchboard

I called it “Connections” for all the crossing of stems and yet one or two not quite connected, kind of “hanging out” in space.  It struck me as I was working on it.

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this one. I video recorded alot of it, but not all…it took 117 hours, after all.  Anyway, I’m editing the video now and hope to get this all figured out really soon.

I’m sorry it’s taken so long.  I’m just as subject to the distractions that keep me from the studio as anyone who is struggling to learn to paint.  It’s life.  But when painting is integrally related to the blood that courses through my veins (or at least it seems that way) I have to get back to it, or go nuts.  Figuring out the online part is intimidating, but I’m working on it…so hang in there!  I’ll get it done yet!

And, while I’m thinking about it, perhaps it was kismet that I finished on the Friday of Memorial Weekend.  May we all remember our Connections to all those who serve and have served and have given their lives and limbs for our Freedom.


It intimidates.  At least, so I’m told.  “Oooh, but watercolor is so hard!”  Come now, really?  Water, pigment and a wide array paintable surfaces, from paper (of all kinds) to canvas to wood (even a violin!) bring me nothing but delight! Scary? Not in the least.  Soothing….for sure.  Take a look:


YouTube DirektAhhhh..painting on Yupo Paper!