Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Watercolours Springtime Flowers

A new Watercolor book by Maria Balcells

I had the opportunity today to review a new book by Maria Balcells on painting spring flowers in Watercolors. And it was a pleasure to review it, and I will go back to it often.

She takes you through several step by step tutorials on painting a variety of spring flowers, and her instruction is very concise and helpful, guiding you through each step from start to finish.

The 105 page book is packed with basic information on all the materials you will need, with a wealth of information on how to use Watercolors, and gives very precise information on avoiding the pitfalls that you may encounter.

I really found it very inspirational, and can't wait to get painting tomorrow, as I have my own treasure trove of spring flowers to use as subject matter.

This book is something every watercolor artist must have in their library.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Iris No 1 Watercolor Painting

Iris No 1
Watercolor, 6" x 6.5"
Watercolor on Arches 300LB Hot Press
Watercolor Paper

My first Watercolor Painting of 2015 done today as #1 of 30 paintings in 30 days for the Leslie Saeta Slices of Life, 30 paintings in 30 days painting challenge.
It was a challenge for sure, as I spent much of the day trying to figure out what I was going to paint on the first day. Lots of subject matter to choose from, but for some reason was in "brain lock" in making a decision and just getting on with it.
But I had lots of fun, and look forward to the next one..........yikes tomorrow.
If you would like to provide a home for this painting, contact me at

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Visit to The Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver, B.C.

A photo montage of my visit to the
Bloedel Conservatory

African Grey Parrot

Purple & White Orchid

Purple & White Orchids

Purple & White Orchids

Black Headed Gouldian Finch

Purple & Pink Orchids

Electus Parrot

Purple Fuschia

Electus Parrot

Green Winged Macaw

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Watercolor-Portrait Of Wancen

Watercolor 8.5" x 10"
On 140LB Watercolor Paper

I am working on a project with my friend Wancen, and we painted each others portraits to start the project. This was painted yesterday evening under duress to meet today's deadline.
This was also my first ever portrait in watercolor, have lots to learn.

I made lots of mistakes, but she loved the portrait, so I thought I would post it anyway.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Painting Vibrant Flowers in Watercolors


I have long been a large fan of Watercolor Artist Soon Young Warren. Her watercolors are so vibrant and full of color, bringing her paintings alive with a unique brand of realism that photography just does not express.

If you are a beginner or experienced watercolor artist, you will enjoy her book Painting Vibrant Watercolors . In this book you will find 12 step by step demonstrations on painting different flower compositions from the drawing stage, and progressing through applying colors, washes, and details until you reach the finished painting stage.

In addition you will find comprehensive knowledge on watercolor basics, watercolor techniques, and detailed guides on creating parts of the flowers such as leaves, buds, and petals.

This is a must have in your Watercolor Library, and good luck with your painting, I am enjoying this book immensely.

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