Tropical Beach

Tropical Beach

It's freezing outside, but I pulled out a warm-weather photo from 2019, and painted this tropical scene. I like it for 2 reasons. First:  the background stays back. Why? Because it's grey and because it's hazy. These  two features suggest depth in a landscape. In...

Foregrounds and Shadows

Foregrounds and Shadows

It's easy to be preoccupied during the pandemic and that may have been what happened with the above watercolor. I started with a light wash for the sky, then brushed in very thick ultramarine blue and burnt sienna for the background foliage, saving whites on the...

Dominance and Simplicity

Dominance and Simplicity

The above watercolor is very simple, yet I like it. Why? The main reason I think this design works is that there is a clear dominance of shape, size, color, and value. There is no question but that the boat shapes are the main actors in this piece and the largest one...