As you finish up the chores outside and turn to more studio time, are you at a loss for where to begin? I made a new artist friend this summer, Devin Kleiner. When I went to his website, http://www.devinkleinerart.com/ I was delighted with his experimental approach to watercolor.  Let me share some to inspire you to do likewise.


Because of the gift of a sketchbook, I discovered a way of drawing that you might enjoy.  The particular sketchbook isn’t necessary, but does present its own challenges and rewards. The real point is continuous drawing.
Dedicate an appropriate-sized sketchbook to the project and then […]

UPDATE: 09/01/16  The painting has returned! Hooray!!!! The United States Postal sent it back with an unable to deliver, no forwarding address.  I was told the wife had signed for it, but fortunately for me no wife at that address. No signature.  I am going to delete the addresses, all bogus, but leave the story as a warning to us all.

I have an active group of on-line students in the Getting Started class who are wrestling with wet-on-wet. Sometimes it seems to me the problem isn’t about technique, it is mental.

Gaining “control” by allowing things to happen.

Learning to appreciate what the paint does instead of trying to make an object.

It is all right to go through lots of good watercolor paper and lots of good pigment to learn what happens when the paper is wet or not, what happens when there is more or less water on your brush and what happens when there is more or less paint on your brush along with that amount of water on your brush and that amount of water on the paper.

You and the paper and paint become compatriots in telling your story.

I am going to share some of my students’ paintings in order for you to let go of coloring things and learn how to become a collegue of wet on wet.

boysfishingThe wind is blowing outside. On the East Coast  snow is piling up. What are you painting?

You can paint for fun,  from memory, from your sketches, from a still life.

Or from photos. Do you? How do you ….? Here are some guidelines. Then, let’s go paint!


At this busy time of year, we also take time for reflection. My question for you is for you to reflect on  what kind of artist you are or wish to be.

Most say they want to paint looser. They want to understand color better, become a better colorist. But WHAT is it that you represent when you paint?

I want you to think about whether or not you are a regional artist and by that, what do I mean?

Laura's matrix

This is a photo of the matrix mentioned in October’s Technique Corner. I just posted it with the text. It is one way of learning more about your colors.  This month we will continue to explore matrix glazing to help you visualize layering color with glazes.

IMG_9986Now that your studio or work area is clean, do you need a project to get you going?  How about creating a matrix of your colors?

Not sure what a matrix is?  Here is an afghan created by one of my students as a gift for me (on a bed for sleeping out on the deck under the summer stars).

It is a matrix. Try making one of your paints. Start with a band of each of your colors (20 hole palette) one inch wide across a half sheet – on the long dimension of the half sheet (22 inches). Label each.