Sunday, April 27, 2014

Multiple compositions from the same Scene

As I was waiting at a stoplight the other day, I snapped a photo of the scene to my left. It was the sky that first caught my attention.
The longer I looked, the more compositional possibilities I saw.
So far, I've cropped out 9. Here are a few.

How many can you find?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Plain air Watercolor at the tulip fields

Some of my painting buddies are out there on location today even as I post this. I wish I could be there with you but there's too much class preparation for me to do in the studio today. I am there with you in spirit. Always have been. In fact this photo is from May 1996. :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tulip time in the Skagit Valley

I love it when I see people appreciating the wonder of nature. Like being in Hawaii and realizing that everyone on the road is pulling over because it's almost time to watch the sunset. . . every day!
Now is one of those seasonal times. It's the tulip bloom in the Skagit Valley. . . . Acres and acres of technicolor wonder!
Don't miss it!

Floral Watercolor Assignment

Everyone took the assignment of expressive brushstrokes to heart and exceeded my expectations. Now that's a beautiful batch of crocus!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sunsets from critique

Here are some examples  of student work from a recent assignment. Nice job, everyone!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Where is the Sketchbook Project Tour now?

From my Sketchbook Project 2014
"The other side of the jungle."

I posted the left side of this two page sketch here.
My challenge was to show both sides of the tropical landscape at a coffee plantation.

I am used to a lot of green here in the Pacific NW, but this landscape tops it! Follow this link to see where the tour of my book is now.