How to Paint with a Waterbrush (video)

The waterbrush is an amazing little tool that revolutionized the way I paint, sketch, and journal. They make the logistics of watercolor, watercolor pencils, water-soluble pencils, or water-soluble pen washes easier in the field. In this class, you will explore watercolor techniques that will help you quickly add color and value to your sketches. learn

How to paint a sunrise landscape with a waterbrush.

I love painting with waterbrushes. They are now the only brushes I use, even in the studio. They easily create graded washes (an application of paint that transitions from more intense pigment to a pale tint) which I find everywhere in nature. As you paint, the pigment in the brush gets used up but the

How to paint clouds with a flat waterbrush

Flat brushes are incredible tools for creating the random edges of clouds. By twisting the brush between your fingers and rocking it to paint with edges or corners you build beautiful chaotic patterns.  If you try to create these kinds of edges with a regular brush, you may easily fall into a pattern of regular

A Better DIY Altoids palette

Hey there do it yourselfer’s. I saw a brilliant way to improve the Altoids palette: rigid paint pans, nothing to fall out, and easy to transfer to a new tin if your old Altoids box starts to rust. The secret is mini ice-cube trays. It’s a good-looking little kit. You get lots of pans to hold your color. My

The Watercolorist’s Bag of Tricks (video)

Have you mastered flat and graded washes and are looking for techniques to broaden your watercolor game? In this workshop we explore techniques to extend the possibilities of watercolor. Before you watch, grab your sketchbook, watercolor kit, Pentel Aquash Large waterbrush, a white crayon, and a white Prismacolor pencil. In this class we will learn

Sierra Sunset Landscapeito

There you are in the High Sierra. The sun has set over a nearby ridge and the light is beginning to fail. As you put on your hat and extra layers to prepare for the night, you look to the east and see the “Belt of Venus”. The blue line, low across the sky made

Blue Grosbeak & Watercolor Washes

Paint a Grosbeak with Watercolor! The Blue Grosbeak is a stunning bird with rich colors, a delight to paint. Use this bird as a study to practice using flat washes to build up colors. Download and print the line drawing and paint over it. This way you will not worry about messing up a drawing

Color and Value (video workshop)

Color Gets All the Credit, Value Does All the Work Want to get more of a pop from your watercolors? Wish they were easier to use? Would you like an adaptable system to help you get your paint down on the paper? It is easy to get wrapped around the axle about accurately matching a

The Five Minute Landscape (video workshop)

In this workshop we explore landscape drawing for the artist on the run- how to draw and paint a landscape in five minutes or less, while standing up, in wet weather. Learn how to see basic shapes, simplify values, and discard unnecessary detail. I show several techniques including water soluble pen, aquash pencil, limited palette