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A little perspective on perspective

So we want to draw something for a painting. We do the drawing and it looks pretty good, but is it in perspective? If it’s not, the picture won’t be any good. How to find out? Here’s a way. (doesn’t even rise to the level of “trick”) Take your drawing and look at it in a mirror. Suddenly it’s obvious, seeing it in reverse is all it takes. Now you can fix it if it needs it.





At the frame shop

Now you’ve bought a picture and it needs a frame. What to do? Well, the artist has already decided whether the picture is vertical or horizontal, the rest is up to you. For the frame, you will probably want some nice wood finish, the shop will have a selection that you can choose from. Just…Continue Reading

What’s it about?

So I want to paint a picture. But what should it be a picture of? Sometimes I have a difficult time coming up with an idea. Here’s where you come in. What would you like to see a picture of? Send me an idea. I can’t promise I’ll use it , but I do promise…Continue Reading

new prints

Occasionally, I paint a bunch of pictures in quick succession to add to this site. So now there are seven new prints available, some in each category, for variety. Please take a look, feedback is welcome and will help with the next bunch. Here are a few favorite new paintings: Beautiful view of an island…Continue Reading

tight enough or too tight?

Some people judge a picture by how detailed it is. That’s one way to do it, but maybe not the best. Others think it’s best not to render every detail. Another way is to just “indicate” what you are trying to show. Watercolor lends itself to this very well. I agree with that, but it’s…Continue Reading


Drybrush. Wait a minute. Paint is wet, so what’s this drybrush thing? Actually, it’s just one of many techniques available when painting with watercolors. Basically, the paint is mixed with less water and more pigment. When the brush is dragged over the paper, it does not flow evenly, it flows sporadically. Exactly how is determined…Continue Reading

See the light

Here is something that is often overlooked by artists and viewers alike. And it’s one of the most important elements in any picture. What and where is the light source or sources? In a daylight scene, is the sun behind you or straight overhead or in front of you and beyond the subject of the…Continue Reading

Great artists

There are so many great artists that I think it would be futile to try list them all. But if I had the resources to collect original art work, who would I choose? The watercolorists I admire the most are Winslow Homer and James Milton Sessions. Nobody does it better. Another artist that I admire…Continue Reading

What about details?

This is for beginners who want to paint: Take a good look at the subject, take note of the details, including those that are quite subtle. How detailed you want to be is up to you, but including some minor details can add a lot to the reality of your picture. Here’s an example: Everyone…Continue Reading

Where you gonna hang it?

OK, you just bought a great watercolor, it’s lovely, but where to put it? Obviously I can’t tell you that, but I can give you a suggestion where not to put it. Here’s an example: Years ago, my father and his girlfriend hung one of my pictures in his living room. It looked terrible. Why?…Continue Reading