Revisiting the Hake Brush
Loch Rannoch by Steve Cronin

Revisiting the Hake Brush

Practice, Practice, Practice After some initial success with the Ron Ranson hake (pronounced hay-k) brush, I found myself frustrated and floundering.  So much so, that I committed the cardinal sin…

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More Sketchbook Skool
Ceramic Cat

More Sketchbook Skool

Building the Drawing and Sketching Habit It isn't easy to draw every day, no matter how much I tell myself to do so.  Talent is nothing more than another word…

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Sketchbook Skool
Our Christmas Corner

Sketchbook Skool

Starting a Sketchbook Habit After painting for a couple of years I became aware of and interested in the Urban Sketching movement.  An assembly of like-minded artists who go on…

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Acuarelas
Castro Urdiales, Spain Copyright Fermin Lopez

Acuarelas

Pintamos! My newest favorite artist instructor on YouTube is Fermin Lopez.  I love the ease with which he paints and his voice is very soothing.  What may be difficult for…

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Different Strokes
Grand Canal, Venice

Different Strokes

Do it again, but better When I first started painting I didn't paint the same subject twice.  As I continued, I found that trying again has multiple benefits,  including prior…

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Working with Gouache

Opaque Watercolor Following my introduction to gouache as a design element in a transparent watercolor painting, I decided to make a painting entirely with gouache. The first thing I learned…

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Frank Francese Workshop
Copyright Frank Francese

Frank Francese Workshop

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone! Spent a tense but fun-filled three days with Colorado Watercolor Artist, Frank Francese and 17 excited workshop attendees.  The workshop, sponsored by the Santa…

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Clo La Chance Vineyard
Clo La Chance Vineyard

Clo La Chance Vineyard

Evolution of a painting It is very difficult to execute a finished painting on site for many reasons:  Weather, lighting, equipment, fatigue, etc.  Even when the weather is perfect, as…

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Painting with Eric

I signed on for an online art and watercolor class with Eric Yi Lin.  The course consists of several self-study lessons on drawing and watercolor painting done at the student's pace. …

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Ardenwood Granary

Difference between Plein Aire (outdoors) and Studio Last Thursday, SCVWS painted at the Ardenwood Farm in Fremont. Painting on site is a struggle with weather, lighting, setup, carting all your "stuff",…

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