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.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

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Watercolor Portrait: 365 Seconds of Painting McKinley

The videos this week have been of a portrait of my cousin, McKinley.

It is the same portrait that I demonstrated for my portrait class a couple of weeks ago in Victoria, BC. If you attended that class, perhaps watching the videos this week will jog your memory about what I taught.
Here is the completed portrait:

Sunday, February 24, 2019

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365 Seconds of Painting: Watercolor of Ocean Puddles

Ocean Puddles is the watercolor I demonstrated at Opus Art Supplies in Victoria, BC on February 10. I filmed myself painting it before the demonstration. Now it is available for others to see.

Here is the completed painting:

Ocean Puddles

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Watercolor of Girl With A Fan, 365 Seconds of Painting

This video is a few days late. I am currently out of town and have been experiencing blizzard conditions almost non-stop since I arrived in Victoria. But better late than never.

Here is the completed painting:

Sunday, February 3, 2019

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365 Seconds of Watercolor: Prickly Pear Blossoms

Here is my final video of Prickly Pear Blossoms. Instead of doing a compilation of the previous days, I show how I got the dark background and completed the painting. If you have been watching all along, then you will have seen how I created the blossoms in the previous days.

I must admit that I really enjoyed painting this one. Okay, I really enjoy painting almost everything I do. But I enjoyed the challenge of creating that dark background and those needles. I wanted to make the needles prickly but soft at the same time. The other challenge was getting those yellow blossoms to stand out and still look yellow. I like to think I did it.

Here is the completed painting:

Prickly Pear Blossoms

The original painting can be viewed at the Full Moon Gallery in Twin Falls, Idaho

Monday, January 28, 2019

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Watercolor of Prickly Pear Blossoms, Day One

It's another week and another painting. I don't really call myself a floral painter but enjoyed painting this one. I liked the drama of it and the challenge of creating those prickly needles.
Keep watching each day to see how this painting evolves and the finally piece!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

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365 Seconds of Painting in Watercolor: Mountain Grange

This is a compilation of the previous 6 days plus more. Unfortunately I didn't realize the camera was not recording when I started to paint the barn and other buildings. Yikes! Some of it I did get though.

I did paint at a tilt while doing this and worked mostly wet-in-wet. You can see how I add water to the paper as I go so that it continues to be wet. It is hard to see that I toss in some salt while painting the grassy meadow because it looks like a I'm a super fast painter.

The colors I used in this painting are cobalt blue, burnt sienna, raw sienna, cadmium scarlet, winsor yellow, winsor blue (green shade), French ultramarine blue, and permanent alizarin crimson. It was painted on Indigo watercolor paper.

Here is the complete painting:

Mountain Grange

Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Watercolor of Sunset Over Loon Lake: 365 Seconds of Painting

This past week I have been showing how I painted a sunset. Sunset Over Loon Lake was a commission for a very special couple that were high school sweethearts and have been married for nearly 45 years. It is the view from their home.

Here is the final painting. It is 11x15"

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Watercolor of Sunset Over Loon Lake, Day 2

Day 2 of Sunset Over Loon Lake. I had been watching so much video footage of painting upside down that I didn't realize that I published yesterday's video of me painting upside down. Got it right this time and it is much easier to see what is going on when it is right side up.

Monday, January 14, 2019

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Watercolor of Sunset Over Loon Lake, Day 1

My painting this week is a sunset. Pouring is fun and you can get fantastic results but most days I just love putting brush to paper.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

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Boot Scootin' Boogie: 365 Seconds of Pouring Watercolor

Another 365 second video for the week. This is a combination of the previous days plus a little extra more. Here is what the finished painting looks like after I removed the mask and softened some lines.

Boot Scootin' Boogie
Poured Watercolor

Below are images of what the painting looked like after each pour.

First Pour

Second Pour

Third Pour

Fourth Pour

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Poured Watercolor of Boot Scootin' Boogie, Day 6

Today's minute long video shows how I lift all that masking fluid to reveal the painting underneath.

Monday, January 7, 2019

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Poured Watercolor of Boot Scootin' Boogie, Day 1

 A couple of years ago I moved from Victoria, BC to a small town in Idaho where my son attended high school. The first week of school, I happened to walk past the gym to see cowboy boots all over the floor. I thought yep, I'm in Idaho! So I took a photo which later became my inspiration for this painting. Please keep watching everyday to see how this painting is created.

I will be teaching a watercolor pouring class in North Vancouver, BC on February 16-17. For more information, please contact Janice at

Sunday, January 6, 2019

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365 Seconds of Pouring Watercolor to Create the Painting Hotel Don Curro

In the spirit of my book, Watercolor 365, I have decided to upload a 365 second version of how I poured the painting Hotel Don Curro. This version shows some of the previous 5 days plus some additional footage. If you watch to the end, you can see photos of what the painting looked like after each pour dried.

Here is what the final painting looks like:

(This is when the mask has been taken off after the fourth and final pour)
Hotel Don Curro
poured watercolor

And here are photos of what each pour looked like after the painting dried:

Drawn and masked ready for pour 1

After the first pour

After the second pour

After the 3rd pour

Friday, January 4, 2019

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Poured Watercolor of Hotel Don Curro, Day 4

This is Day 4 of showing how I created my painting, Hotel Don Curro. As mentioned previously, I had filmed this a couple of years ago. This video is actually my third pour. In the process of creating my videos, I discovered that the footage of my second pour was corrupt and I couldn't access it. However, the second pour was just like the first. I will be posting photos of what the piece looked like after each pour with the last video. So stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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Poured Watercolor of Don Curro Day 1

Many years ago I created a video of my poured painting process. It was of my painting, Cordoba Cafe. Then I went on to create a few smaller videos. Then that all stopped as life got crazy and in the way.  I got a Masters degree, started teaching at the University of Victoria, wrote a book, illustrated a children's book, got a divorce, watched the kids graduate from high school, and moved many, many times. Now I am finally settled in Idaho teaching and painting again. So basically, my life and plans had to be put on hold for awhile.

Or rather, my plans evolved into something new and different. Which is not a bad thing. I mean, I wrote a book!! Who would of thought?! I never imagined that I would write a book. Watercolor 365 has now been out for nearly 2 years and I am so grateful that it all worked out and to all those readers that have purchased it. As for illustrating a children's book, that was a dream come true.  Now I hope to illustrate even more.

Through it all though, I have wanted to get back to posting videos. But we all know how crazy life can be and how much time it takes to watch other people painting instead of painting ourselves, right? So I decided to give my viewers just minute sized bites of the painting process. Each day will be yet another minute sized clip of only the essentials.

Today's video is from the archives of a poured watercolor I did a few years ago. My son had filmed it for me and decided I should not let the video footage go to waste. It is the beginnings of the painting, Don Curro. So take a minute to see how I start a poured watercolor and stay tuned for more tomorrow.
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