Book Review 1: Apocalypse Variations

This blog post is a review of Marc Taro Holme’s latest self published monograph. I read Marc’s monograph last week and was blown away. If the act of doing art...

Urban Sketching Master Class

This is the inaugural Urban Sketching Master Class. The week will provide a full immersion workshop experience, on the finest Island campus-known for its extraordinary light and color, with unlimited...

New Book!

UPDATE: September 2020Sorry it took me long to say this, but the book is out. It came out February 2020 but it was the day I was away at a...

Interview: Marc Taro Holmes

Marc and I are doing the 30×30 directwatercolor challenge for the month of June this year and I am honored to have been asked to join him. This year it...

Big Impact in a Pocket Palette

Direct Watercolor Challenge for 2019 is about to begin. And like last year, we have a special set of people hosting and participating in it. The challenge itself is the...

30×30

2019 is the third year of Direct Watercolor Challenge – a challenge that Marc Taro Holmes pioneered. Marc and I will co-host the #directwatercolor2019 on Facebook. Like every year, the...

Dissection

This is a technical article. If dissecting a painting takes away the fun of seeing one, this article is not for you. There are others that are non-technical and I...

First Oils

When you see the warm clouds on background of cool, dark sky, be honest, you’ve wondered if oils would make painting this scene easier than watercolors. Every time I’ve thought...

Run up to Chicago

Elegance in Watercolors starts off in Chicago in April. Between now and early April, we have 8 weeks to finish 4 assignments that can get us warmed up for the...

Uma’s Current Palette 2020

Here are 5 pigments that I have in addition to the bare minimum 6 pigments in the palette. Those 6 have the immovable position in the palette. Since a palette...