Aerial Perspective

Aerial Perspective

Grieving a recent loss I visited a quiet place away from my routine, but familiar enough to be comfortable. On Decatur Island in the San Juans I would be with family and still take some peaceful walks, sketchbook in hand. On one of these excursions I climbed up a hill...
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),...