Ray Hendershot Exercise: Lighthouse #1

I have been absolutely stuck for the past few weeks. Every time I sit down to paint, nothing comes to mind. Nothing inspires me, I have no intention. But, just as an act of discipline, I paint anyway. The results are nothing to write about. It’s all very ugly, muddy, cliche… just nothing that I’m…… Continue reading Ray Hendershot Exercise: Lighthouse #1

Buttermilk Falls: #3

I hate this painting. No… I loathe this painting. This painting actually made me mad at it when I was finished last night, because I knew it was ruined as soon as I laid down the first wash in the sky. I kept going likes dummy, hoping it would somehow fix itself. It didn’t. I…… Continue reading Buttermilk Falls: #3

Back Yard: #1

I am regularly looking for something new to paint. When I want a new subject, it’s pretty common for me to get in the car, and drive out to look for something interesting. I end up in the rural areas around me, or at one of the reservoirs where I like to fish. The problem…… Continue reading Back Yard: #1

Master Study: Michal Jasiewicz, Part 2

Michal Jasiewicz Me I went into excruciating detail about my proposed process for recreating this painting by Michal Jasiewicz in the previous post. Today, I’ll explain how I took the lessons I learned from that exercise to try the painting a few more times, and experiment with different options. This was my first attempt. A few…… Continue reading Master Study: Michal Jasiewicz, Part 2

Master Study: Michal Jasiewicz – Part 1

A user on Reddit posted this image, asking how the artist (Michal Jasiewicz) achieved the effect on the distant cliffs. I am not sure how he accomplished it exactly, but I posted this as my best guess. I don’t know how they did it, but here’s what I would try. Forgive the over explanation, I…… Continue reading Master Study: Michal Jasiewicz – Part 1

Ray Hendershot Exercise, Fieldstone Building: #1

Yet another successful painting from Ray Hendershot’s “Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors.” I was getting really down on myself recently because the paintings I was making were all turning out muddy and gross. This exercise helped me learn patience. The more I paint through this book, the more I learn about how to rely on…… Continue reading Ray Hendershot Exercise, Fieldstone Building: #1

Ray Hendershot Exercise, Clapboard Siding: #1

This weekend I decided I would take my own advice, and paint from the book. I decided to paint from one of the books that I have because trying to learn from my own failures has been pretty discouraging. I’m only about a quarter of the way through Ray Hendershot’s “Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors”…… Continue reading Ray Hendershot Exercise, Clapboard Siding: #1

Poplars at An Imagined Stream: #1

I have long been inspired by seeing Van Gogh’s “The Poplars at Saint-Rémy.” When you see photos of this painting, it looks almost drab, and lifeless. Courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1958.32 I don’t know if the Cleveland Museum of Art recently had it restored, or if the photos just simply can’t do…… Continue reading Poplars at An Imagined Stream: #1