Category Archives: Paintings

Direct Watercolor Strategy #1: Pick a forgiving subject

When ‘direct watercolor’ isn’t your go-to painting strategy, and you’re taking the #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 challenge, you need some strategies to take the leap: Strategy #1: Pick a forgiving subject Continue reading

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Weekend in Yosemite: Part 1

We did a quick weekend trip to Yosemite for Hari’s birthday. Our timing couldn’t have been sweeter: the weather was warm enough for me to enjoy sketching outside (which means it must have been close to 70 degrees), the waterfalls … Continue reading

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30×30 Direct Watercolor: Are you in?

I’m joining  Marc Holmes , Liz Steel, Uma Kelkar, and Anne-Laure Jacquart in this watercolor challenge in June. The challenge? 30 paintings in 30 days of June. Quick, Direct. No fuss. Big or small. On location. Or not. Why? Because there’s just … Continue reading

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The week I didn’t sketch

It’s Friday evening and I feel like I haven’t really sketched all week, so I go look at my Instagram stream where I post stuff as I make it and it looks like I have sketched, it’s just that it’s … Continue reading

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Negative Painting with Brenda Swenson

Learning from Brenda Swenson. Continue reading

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Almaden Quicksilver County Park

A couple of weeks ago, I painted with friends at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. We picked what was probably the foggiest morning in the South Bay. Visibility was low, humidity was high and the view we planned on painting was … Continue reading

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Paintings, sketches and a lovely surprise

One of the things I’m working on this year is working more without line. Not instead of my usual sketches, but in addition to them. Because I can always find more time to paint and draw, right? Two neighborhood scenes … Continue reading

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