Acrylic Seascape Details

I brought this painting back to life today. Here’s how it looked this morning. 👇 I was going for a simpler look, but it was falling flat. Adding details, using a reference photo made all the difference. Details I added: Clouds in the sky – I used an acrylic gel medium to thin out theContinue reading “Acrylic Seascape Details”

Two paintings of the same subject

I often start and work on more than one painting at a time. It’s nice to have another painting to grab when you’ve reached the point with a painting where the newest layer needs to dry. Sometimes I work on more than one painting from the same reference photo. I’m not trying to create duplicateContinue reading “Two paintings of the same subject”

Stages of a watercolor wave painting

It felt good the other morning to sit and paint. I didn’t have any ongoing paintings, so first I set up several boards – taping the watercolor paper down. For this painting I worked with the paper still stuck to the pad – not as effective as taping it down, but I ran out ofContinue reading “Stages of a watercolor wave painting”

Stop, don’t ruin it! There is always the next painting.

Last week I was finishing up a painting and kept noticing what I’ll call weaknesses – areas I wanted to better capture. In an effort to improve the painting I kept tweaking it. In the end I overworked it and should have left it the way it was. I’m learning that as you paint, especiallyContinue reading “Stop, don’t ruin it! There is always the next painting.”

Surf Collection

Surf Camp is the third collection of watercolor paintings I’ve released as Limited Edition Giclee Art Prints in my online shop. While my previous paintings featured bright blue skies, for these two paintings I had the pleasure of painting dark cloudy skies.

Being “In” a Painting

Painting for an entire hour proved impossible this morning, as I had things to do. But a half hour is better than nothing. As I worked, I thought about how daily work keeps you “in” a painting. You’re engaged in the project, even thinking about it when you are away from it. Being “in” aContinue reading “Being “In” a Painting”

A Cloudy Day at Surf Camp

The second day my son participated in surf camp was a cloudy day. When I saw my pictures I decided to try to paint the clouds, as many of my ocean paintings have clear blue skies. Close up of the sky: The start: Progress on the water: As much as I have developed a processContinue reading “A Cloudy Day at Surf Camp”

Painting a Crashing Wave

The goal of this painting was to capture the details of the wave as it crashes – the shadows inside the foam, the spray, the movement. Want a dose of creative inspiration? Sign up for my newsletter “My Creative Collection” by clicking here. Learn more about the newsletter here. Prints of my watercolor beach paintings areContinue reading “Painting a Crashing Wave”

Capturing the Ocean in Watercolor

I’ve aspired to capture the ocean in watercolor for years. In December I made “painting the beach” my New Year’s project. The snow was falling outside, but I was inside painting waves. With each painting I learned and improved. Some of my firsts in early January. I watched a few YouTube videos and learned fromContinue reading “Capturing the Ocean in Watercolor”