Underdone

Underdone

This morning I pulled up a photo of boats at anchor in the San Juan Islands, put on a music CD, and prepared to paint. Using a large flat brush, I quickly brushed in a dark background around the shapes, then pulled down reflections. Next came the horizontal lines,...
A Sense of Peace

A Sense of Peace

After a visit to the San Juan Islands, I began painting from my sketches. Feeling refreshed, I started a watercolor depicting the view across the bay, trying to express the feeling I had experienced during the trip. Then, after completing “Northwest...
Lighting Effects

Lighting Effects

A few mornings ago I witnessed the purple Cascade Mountains back-lit by the rising sun, while in the foreground, the city lights of Bothell shone brightly against the near-black foothills. Lake Washington waters reflected color from both natural and artificial lights....
Painting an Icon

Painting an Icon

Mt. Rainier dominates the view from the shores of Lake Washington and begs to be painted. But how to handle an icon such this? To start, I snapped a photo, printed it out, hauled out my projector, and traced the shape onto watercolor paper.  I started at the top by...
Painting with Children

Painting with Children

Lately I’ve painted with my grandchildren via Facetime, and it has been a learning experience for both them and me. What I have learned so far:   #1 find something they want to paint, and #2 keep the composition simple. One of our more successful watercolors was...
Start Simple

Start Simple

Yesterday morning brilliant orange light peaked around the clouds with a background sky of pure lavender. Sometime I will try to find out why the colors are so different every day, but for now, I am inspired to begin painting again. I brushed in ultramarine blue,...