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SEASONAL NOTES SPRING 2024

Sunset (photo) MT Mansfield, VT     I’ve made changes to some more paintings that have been sitting in the drawer. I think the results were worth it. Joyful was accepted into Watercolor USA afterwards,  so that alone was worth it! Here is are the images of it before and after: Then there’s my latest painting of “Kelsey Sunning” on plate illustration board.   NEWS SPRING   I no longer teach workshops. There is still painting information under the workshops link in the header on my website. I do have 4 digital books, a hard cover book and 2 videos

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SEASONAL NOTES WINTER 2023-2024

Sunrise From the Studio (photo)   These were all painted in last few years and sat in a drawer. I have finally resolved them to a more successful finish.     Glorious Gloxinia   Hearty Hollyhock   Joyful   Heavenly Hydrangea   In each of these paintings the values and color were intensified. Some shapes were slightly altered. NEWS WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON AND A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!   I no longer teach workshops. There is still painting information under the workshops link in the header on my website. I do have 4 digital books, a hard

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SEASONAL NOTES FALL 2023

  Lake Champlain & Green Mountains from Studio (photo)   Summer sped by and I have been painting a variety of flowers.     These are all half sheet paintings on cold pressed watercolor paper. Colors were mingled on wet sections of paper and darks were added in the same manner after the first washes were dry. Dappled Light is on Plate Strathmore Illustration board. It has a warm palette for fall.     NEWS   I no longer teach workshops. I do have 4 digital books, a hard cover book and 2 videos on this site for those who

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SEASONAL NOTES SUMMER 2023

  From the Studio     I  made a very light drawing on the  surface with pencil prior to painting. paper using Winsor Newton non-staining Manganese Blue. I “erased with a damp brush. Steps   Glorious Gloxinia; left,  is on a half sheet of Strathmore vellum heavyweight 5 ply illustration board. Hibiscus is on a half sheet on Crescent hot press illustration board. NEWS SPRING   I no longer teach workshops.  I do have 4 digital books, a hard cover book and 2 videos on this site for those who want to see information about how I paint, my materials

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SEASONAL NOTES SPRING 2023

  Full Moon (photo) NEW PAINTINGS   “Dazzle”  was my first painting of the year, on a sheet of Strathmore Plate illustration board. This painting of a hollyhock was a fun project and the surface of the board supported the smooth edges and lifted lights I used to create it. The emphasis is on the warmth in the highlight areas. “Shimmer” was next for a change of subject.  It is also on a half sheet of Crescent Illustration board. It was painted directly with lights lifted out and some edges softened. It has a warm dominance. I built up deeper

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SEASONAL NOTES WINTER 2022-2023

  Sunrise From the Studio (photo) “Fall Afternoon” was finally completed on a sheet of Strathmore Plate illustration board.   This was followed by  “Bursting Out” and “Dazzle””, both Hollyhocks, each on a half sheet of Strathmore Water Media board. This board is similar to a paper surface but allows good lifting.     NEWS Wishing you all a happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year!   I presently have no workshops scheduled. Any future ones will probably be local. I do have 4 digital books, a hard cover book and 2 videos on this site for those who

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From the Studio

SEASONAL NOTES Fall 2022

  Lake Champlain & Green Mountains from Studio (photo) Summer is over too soon once again.  I have been painting a new subject; my new Itoh Peony. It is a cross between traditional peonies and tree peonies and the flowers are large and wonderful!. These are all half sheet paintings on cold pressed watercolor paper. NEWS I presently have no workshops scheduled. Any future ones will probably be local. I do have 4 digital books, a hard cover book and 2 videos on this site for those who want to see information about how I paint, my materials and more.

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From the Studio

SEASONAL NOTES SUMMER 2022

  From the Studio (photo)   NEWS SUMMER Yellow Rose and River Reverie were voted into the top 100 of the Art of Watercolor Magazines Readers’ Choice Competition Issue 45 I presently have no workshops scheduled. Any future ones will probably be local. I do have 4 digital books, a hard cover book and 2 videos on this site for those who want to see information about how I paint, my materials and more. There is also painting information in the archived issues of the Seasonal Notes from other seasons. You can view a variety of my paintings on the

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SPRING 2022 SEASONAL NOTES

Sunrise NEW PAINTINGS         I decided to add some background in this one. The colors are Cobalt blue, French Ultramarine Blue, New Gamboge, Raw Umber and Permanent Rose, NEWS  SPRING I am happy to report that my recent acceptance into the Transparent Watercolor Society 46th Annual Juried exhibition has earned me Signature membership in this excellent watercolor society. I presently have no workshops scheduled. Any future ones will probably be local. I do have 4 digital books, a hard cover book and 2 videos on this site for those who want to see information about how I

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WINTER 2021 – 2022 SEASONAL NOTES

Here’s a way to see the necessity for a full range of values in your painting. If you cover up the last step you might be fooled into thinking there are some dark enough values.  We  must be bold enough to use a generous amount of paint to achieve true darks. They will bring dimension and form to our paintings. Limiting the color in a value exercise helps you really see each value. A  painting using a full range of values and colors. Below is a new landscape on a quarter sheet of Huhnemuhle aquarelle  paper, which is new to

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