Field Sketching Basics (video)

So you want to keep a nature journal and try your hand at field sketching but have not picked up a pencil since elementary school? This workshop is geared for the raw beginner who is terrified of sketching and is convinced that they can not draw. You can learn to draw. This workshop will show you

Why Cyan Matters

The first color my daughter learned was cyan. For awhile, she named every color cyan but now she spots the color where ever we go and delights in showing daddy his favorite color. I am pretty proud of that little color theorist. In spite of what we learned in early art classes, blue and red are not primary

Watercolor Color Chart

As you get to know the colors in your watercolor palette, you will learn the way that colors mix and blend. One way to explore this rigorously is to create a color combination grid with each of your colors on the X and Y axes and the combination of the row colors in each cell

How to paint shadows: Bohemian Waxwing

Shadows are an important part of a successful painting. If you paint them at the end, they will feel like an afterthought and may muddy your colors. These last minute shadows may feel blotchy and inconsistent. Most importantly, it is difficult to add highlights at the end of a watercolor painting. Even if you can

Unified Theory of Color

The way that pigments mix (subtractive color mixing) to produce colors is different from the way that colored lights mix (additive color mixing). The connections between these two systems are elegant if you use cyan, magenta, and yellow as pigment primaries instead of red, yellow, and blue.  Cyan, magenta, and yellow are the true primary colors for pigment

Reinventing the Wheel: Why Red is not a primary color

  Ever had a painting turn to mud when you try to mix colors? The good news is it is not you. Conventional color theory using red, yellow and blue does not work. It will turn your pictures to mud and frustrate you as you struggle to mix colors that are impossible with this color

Customizing the Cotman Sketcher’s Pocket Box

    The Winsor & Newton Cotman Sketcher’s Pocket Box is an excellent little palette. It is inexpensive, sturdy, and small enough to bring on a backpacking trip. It is good straight out of the box. However, with a little customization, it will serve you even better. The original pigments are student grade. As you

Choosing Watercolors

  Need help choosing watercolors for your travel or field palette? Start by accepting that there is no perfect palette. Your watercolor choices will change over time. As you discover new art supplies and colors you may add them to your palette while removing others that you never use. As you add or delete colors