The Lost Edge

The Lost Edge

Once again I'm painting boats and using a palette with a warm dominance, perhaps in anticipation of nicer weather to come. My composition involves 3 layers and 3 values:  light sky, dark background, and mid-tone water. The light/white boats were placed to show well...

Dark Values

Dark Values

Achieving dark values is one of the hardest problems in watercolor. Two reasons:  most of the colors are transparent, and then we add water which washes out the color. So how to get those juicy darks that contrast sharply with the white of the paper? One way is to add...

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...