Amazing Custom Watercolor Travel Palette #AmazingCastingResin #Watercolor #TravelPalette


For quite a while now, I’ve wanted a wheel palette for my watercolor paints so I could match the colors into complementary sets.  But, I’ve got lots of palettes and just couldn’t see spending the money for one. Then I got to looking at the empty paint pans I’ve collected over the years, and theContinue reading “Amazing Custom Watercolor Travel Palette #AmazingCastingResin #Watercolor #TravelPalette”

Practice, practice, practice.  More truth than poetry #Zentangle #Zendoodle #ZentangleInspiredArt


Wow.  I can’t believe how quickly I’ve lost the sense of flow between hand and brain and pen or paint.  I suppose it does me good to feel this once in a while, because it reminds me how frustrating it can be for someone new to drawing or painting. It isn’t a matter of howContinue reading “Practice, practice, practice.  More truth than poetry #Zentangle #Zendoodle #ZentangleInspiredArt”

Watercolor Koi on Yupo #Yarka #Yupo #Watercolor


In last Wednesday’s class we painted Koi, with an emphasis on learning how to paint moving water.  The teacher, Kathy Delumpa Allegri, gave me some Yupo paper to try out. Very challenging stuff!  Yupo is actually an industrial plastic and it’s very smooth.  The watercolor never entirely soaks in, so at any time you canContinue reading “Watercolor Koi on Yupo #Yarka #Yupo #Watercolor”

Jumping Off Cliffs #Watercolor #Arches #KDAllegri


In my watercolor class, we are working toward painting one of Oregon’s most famous tourist spots, Crown Point.  From the Vista House, seated on Crown Point, you have a magnificent view of the Columbia Gorge–miles and miles of rolling river, and scenic Oregon and Washington. As practice for the painting, the teacher had us paintContinue reading “Jumping Off Cliffs #Watercolor #Arches #KDAllegri”

Wild and Splattered Flowers #Watercolor #Strathmore #KDAllegri


In last week’s watercolor class, we did an exercise using masking fluid to preserve white areas of the paper.  Once the masking fluid dried we splattered paint on the page, with an emphasis on using analogous colors in the same temperature range, making one color dominant, and touching three sides of the paper with theContinue reading “Wild and Splattered Flowers #Watercolor #Strathmore #KDAllegri”

Down by the Seashore #Watercolor #WatercolorForTheFirstTime


In the two weeks between watercolor classes, I did some exercises from a book I picked up at the library “Watercolor for the First Time’ by Kory Fluckiger.  The book was a little more basic than I really needed but made for good practice. When I do these exercises, I always try to change thingsContinue reading “Down by the Seashore #Watercolor #WatercolorForTheFirstTime”

Journal52 2015 Week 12: Inspiration Board #Journal52 #ArtJournal #GelliPlate


I’m not sure what the problem is, but I’m having trouble getting inspired by the Journal52 prompts.  Possibly, it’s because I’m taking watercolor classes, and my focus is on watercolor.  I do that–get mono-mania-minded on one thing to the point where everything becomes difficult. So with the prompt ‘Inspiration Board’, I was feeling no inspiration.Continue reading “Journal52 2015 Week 12: Inspiration Board #Journal52 #ArtJournal #GelliPlate”

Five minute paintings #Watercolor #KDAllegri #LifeImitatesDoodles


In the last session of K D Allegri’s Spring Session class we played around with timed paintings, and wet-in-wet. I didn’t use any reference photos for mine. These ranged in size from 3 x 3 to 5 x 7, and were mostly done in five minutes.  Fun stuff! I used my Yarka St. Petersburg panContinue reading “Five minute paintings #Watercolor #KDAllegri #LifeImitatesDoodles”

Ziggurat Tangle Pattern #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #TanglePattern


You know, I almost hate to post step-outs to tangle patterns anymore, because the chances are so high that it’s already been done somewhere.  But I felt this one could look so different, depending on who does it, that I decided to go with it. The lightning-like zig zags can go in any direction, butContinue reading “Ziggurat Tangle Pattern #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #TanglePattern”

The Third Eye #Watercolor #Yarka #Arches


Most of my artwork is done without any reference material or plan.  I just start and after a bit, something clicks, and then I usually start working toward a goal suggested by what I’ve already done–something in the colors or the lines or the shapes. But I’ve never done that with watercolor.  Not sure why.Continue reading “The Third Eye #Watercolor #Yarka #Arches”