Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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Loose Realism: Painting Apples in Watercolor Course Promo

I've created another online course showing how to paint the following image in watercolor using basic techniques such as wet-in-wet, glazing, and negative painting.

Please watch my promo to learn more about the course.

To register, please go follow the link at my website or go to

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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FREE Negative Painting, Positive Thinking in Watercolor Course

It's finally here! I've finally done it! I have published my first online course and it's a free one!

It is a watercolor painting of willow leaves using negative painting techniques. In the course I teach the basics of negative painting in a step-by-step tutorial. This course has been months in the making as I navigated how to film and how to set up the website and material to make it easier for you. It was a learning curve for sure. And just like with painting, persistence is key.

To access this free course, please go to You can also access it through my website at

Please be sure to share your finished painting with me by emailing it to me at
Thank you and have fun painting!

Friday, June 28, 2019

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Spellbound, Twin Falls, Idaho, Part III: Painting the City Lights and Fi...

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Declo, Idaho High School Art Club Mural

This past year I had the opportunity to work with a high school art club to create a mural in Declo, Idaho. Declo is a very small town of only 300 people. Most of the kids at the school come from the surrounding farms and area. It is a very close knit community full of ranchers and cowboys. It is also the town you pass through on your way to City of Rocks in Southern Idaho, which is a well known rock climbing and tourist attraction. 

The idea was first proposed to city council at the beginning of the school year by the students. City Council really liked the idea and agreed to help in any way possible. It was then up to the students to find a business that would donate a wall to the art club. There aren't too many businesses to choose from in Declo but fortunately the main wall in town was donated. It is the butcher shop and can be seen just as you enter the town. 

The art club students organized themselves into groups that designed proposals for the wall. These proposals were presented before a panel of judges. There were 5 proposals presented and the judges requested that parts of 3 of them be included on the wall. The students then had to work together to create another design that incorporated all of the ideas. In the meantime, the art club also organized a fundraiser for Valentines Day which was handmade cards and candy grams. The Declo Lions Club generously contributed the bulk of the money for the wall to the art club with the request that we put their logo on the wall. This was another design challenge for the students. 

Once the weather started to get better (which is rare in Idaho) the students began work on the wall. Our art club president, who also happened to be one of the main designers of the wall, organized and delegated tasks for the different students. She worked almost nonstop on the mural. The painting itself took 4 weeks for the students to complete. Unfortunately it rained the last week of school and we were not able to photograph the art club until the last day of school which means the seniors are not in the photo. 

Here is the mural with the art club. I am just so proud of them all. They did an amazing job and I hope that someday they will be able to show their kids the wall that they painted.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Best of Show at Idaho Watercolor Society's Annual Show

Fork That Ran Away With The Spoon

      Last Friday night I was awarded the wonderful award of Best in Show/Juror's Award at the Idaho Watercolor Society's Annual Show. I was just blown away and so glad that I made the time to go.

     You see, I wasn't planning on going. I was moving the next day to Washington State to be with my new love and fiancee. There was just so much to do as we had to be on the road by Saturday evening. Plus I had seen several pieces that were in the show and thought, "Oh there is no way I will be a winner! There are way too many wonderful pieces that deserve the award!" However, I got a call that I received an award earlier in the week. I was surprised but knew that there would be 20 awards given. So my next thought was that it was one that received a small gift or gift card which could probably be mailed.

      However, I did want to meet the juror, Iain Stewart, whose work I just love and admire, and it might be one of the few times I could make it to an IWS reception since I was moving. I invited my son to attend the reception and awards ceremony with me and was happy that he wanted to go. Upon arrival, I was still amazed at all the incredible pieces and decided it was a much better show than I previously thought. As requested, Iain Stewart gave me a critique. He even asked if I was sure I wanted a critique Of course I did! He only had good things to say which surprised me and I thought that made me night and was ready to go home right then and there. 

       It was a good ceremony with Iain discussing what he looked for in a winning piece. I waited anxiously to see which award I got, and the countdown started. The awards kept being handed out and my name was not being called! At one point I thought that maybe they missed me. But no! I got the grand prize of  Best in Show!! It was so exciting and felt so wonderful, especially after hearing what Iain looked for in a winner. It was also so very validating as an artist to have your work seen and recognized. Thank you Iain and thank you IWS for the amazing honor. 

Me with the juror, Iain Stewart

My son and I

Sunday, May 19, 2019

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Pouring Watercolours with Opus Art Supplies and Winsor & Newton Watercolors

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to create a how to video with Opus Art Supplies in British Columbia, Canada showing how I pour my watercolours using Winsor & Newton's new jewel colors.

There are 5 new jewel colors but I chose to use only 3 of them for the pour. The colors used are Transparent Orange, Quinacridone Violet, and Aqua Green.

The piece I poured is a view of downtown Vancouver, BC from a friend's balcony. I call it City of Glass and here is the completed piece.

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