Loose vs. Tight, Aren’t We Missing the Point?

At the writing of this blog, I’m about to post a video that launches into a bit of a rant (that video is now at the end of this post). But thats enough of the rant. Check the video out below to see the complete rant. Regardless, in watercolor, not infrequently will the debate land on the loose vs tight preference, but… its sort of missing the point of what makes for awesome painting. Continue reading “Loose vs. Tight, Aren’t We Missing the Point?”

Spontaneous Painting Workshop

Ok, so I just recently posted on Skillshare an extended version of my latest spontaneous painting with additional commentary. All said, its about an hour long and takes you with me through the process of how I approach spontaneous landscape painting in watercolor. Near the end of this post you’ll find more about this workshop. Continue reading “Spontaneous Painting Workshop”

Art Critiques and Getting the Most from Input.

We all want to improve as artists don’t we? Growing as an artist is the key to more enjoyment and satisfaction as we tread this adventurous but sometimes frustrating path. Practice is a given, but what happens when we get stuck and don’t know how to improve. The brave artist seeks appropriate, constructive input and critique. Its a tougher challenge, though, than we sometimes realize. Continue reading “Art Critiques and Getting the Most from Input.”

Veteran’s Day – Honoring the Decision

Veterans have served for a variety of reasons. For Americans, the reasons usually include the protection or our great nation, propagation of freedom and the dismantling of tyranny. While not all wars have been popular, the men and women who have served should all be revered for one simple reason – the decision to lay down their life, should they be called upon, for something greater than themselves. They did not serve a politician or a government but We the People, and an idea that this great Republic and what it stands for should continue for the good of all peoples. Continue reading “Veteran’s Day – Honoring the Decision”

Ink & Wash Viewing for Inktober

I don’t really have an ink and wash play list on my YouTube channel so I thought I would create one here of sorts where you can see at a glance the episodes I created using ink and wash technique with a brief description allowing you to pick and choose what you might like to watch.

My latest episode. This video capitalizes on the technique of fully rendering the subject with pen and ink needing only limited spot color from watercolor. Done with dip pen and pen brush in a hot press watercolor sketchbook.

A recent episode using ink and wash for a bird painting. The dip pen ink work here was more limited and relied heavily on watercolor technique to complete the painting. This was done in a cold press watercolor journal.

This video shows me doing a head study for what I hope to be a larger finished painting. The ink was minimal and actually added later to the watercolor study, which is a technique used less often but no less valid.

These three videos were all part of a sketching and painting trip I took to Charleston, SC. All use varying amounts of ink line but relied more heavily on watercolor painting for color and shading.

This Mill is a small journal ink and wash piece I did for one of my watercolor journals. I did most of the rendering in pen and ink then added color back in the studio.

In this episode I talk about minimal gear needed for outdoor location sketching then do a quick ink and wash tree sketch, a technique perfect for catching quick sketches on location. This video demonstrates the technique of adding ink after painting.

The first YouTube video I did on ink and wash. This journal painting uses a middle of the road approach dividing the rendering between ink line rendering and some simple color.