Paint with a Stick

Paint with a Stick

For months watercolor sticks were sitting around in my studio yet I never used them. Then one day a few weeks ago I picked them up for no particular reason and started drawing. The sticks applied smoothly to the watercolor paper, like crayons, and felt good in my...
Shapes and Values

Shapes and Values

The first and most important step in painting is to begin with good shapes. But what does that exactly mean? Renowned painter Tony Couch has described artists as shape-makers He points out that every good shape has two different dimensions (ie not square or circular),...
Tweaking Your Composition

Tweaking Your Composition

While painting from a photo of a fairly typical barn, I wanted to make the composition a bit more interesting. But how to do that? Well, there are a few tweaks to the photograph that may help. For one, start by simplifying the scene. As with most farms there was a lot...