Friday, February 16, 2018


Watercolor on rice paper - 8x10

Creativity has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Perfection & POPPY DELIGHT

Watercolor on gesso - 8x10

Strive for Progress, not Perfection!

It is so important to get over the idea of perfection in our paintings. Perfection can be very dull. Embrace the idea that you and your work are unique and that is a beautiful thing!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Painting Freely & BLUE SERENITY

Watercolor - 8x10

One of the main reasons that I love painting with watercolors is that they allow you to be free and spontaneous. Applying all of that beautiful color to wet paper and watching the paints move and mingle of their own free will is a glorious sight. It can also be very scary and intimidating.

I have found that it helps to choose your colors before you start painting and to use a limited palette to avoid creating mud. Start with large, abstract shapes of color on the wet paper and continue to refine them each application of paint. Using negative painting to define the shapes after everything has dried is a wonderful way to create order out of chaos.

Above all else - have fun!

Friday, February 9, 2018

SPRING COLOR & Cold Weather

Watercolor - 11x5

We keep getting teased with spring like weather here in Tennessee and then slammed with frigid temperatures but I am staying nice and warm in my studio. I always love painting flowers and decided to first apply masking fluid with a very fine tipped applicator to define the flower and leaf shapes in this bouquet. I painted with bright, spring colors of yellow, blue and green and removed the masking when everything was dry to reveal clean, white line work,

Are you ready for spring?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

We Are All Artists & APPLE BLOSSOMS

Watercolor - 11x15

'We are all artists, painting our 
lives upon the canvas of reality. 
Mix colors your own way and 
apply emotion liberally. 
Don't be afraid to let your 
brushstrokes show, and above 
all else, make sure your art 
has soul.'
~ Cristen Rodgers ~