Friday, February 15, 2019

Fabriano USA

I have received this information from Laurin McCracken regarding the show coming up in a couple of months in Fabriano, Italy......

Fabriano USA 2019 Artists,

Ken and Frank are reporting that all of your paintings are on the way to Fabriano. Bravo!

I have attached a PDF with all of the USA paintings on 4 pages. After you have a moment to look it over, I think you will agree that the USA is well represented with this body of work. I congratulate you for sending excellent examples of what the USA watercolor community can create. 

I am confident that, once again, the USA exhibition will be considered "Best of Show." I know for sure that the artists that will be attending Fabriano in Acquarello will make the USA exhibition a "must see" stop in Fabriano.

Keep you fingers crossed that our paintings sail smoothly through the bureaucracy between here and there.

Be proud of your contribution to this important exhibition. Share this document with others.

All the best,


Here are the paintings representing team USA.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Final Koi Painting

This is the finished painting. All I did at this level was to blend the dark area on the bottom left a little more to my liking. You just have to know when to quit. Sometimes, I purposely put a painting away for a month or two and bring it out to look at it with fresh eyes. So now my blog followers can see how it was done step-by-step.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Stage 5 Koi Painting

Now you can see, I have developed the reflections in the foreground and put in a darker shadow.
At this stage, it is 99% complete. I still need to look on it for awhile and see what bothers me and to look at it with a critical eye.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Stage 4 Koi Painting

Now you can see how it is developing. I have laid in the dark areas of the pond and removed the masking. The reflections in the pool in the background are worked out and now I will be putting my attention on the reflections in the foreground.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Koi Painting Stage 3

Here we are at stage 3. I have rendered more of the Koi and I have put in darker washes in the upper right corner. I did this to establish how dark I wanted it to go and adjusted the other greenish blueish color in the water in the upper part of the painting. That area is still masked off while I apply the washes.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Koi Painting Stage 2

This is stage two in the development of my painting of Koi. As you can see, I put in more washes of the water and developed the color of the central koi in the painting.

Koi Painting

I started this painting of Koi fish in a pond and decided to document the progression of how I developed the painting. This is stage 1. I put in basic washes and applied masking to areas that I want to keep white.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Macaron Poster

A friend of mine who makes french macarons wanted me to design a poster for her. I illustrated the macarons in watercolor, took a digital image of the painting and brought it into Photoshop. On my watercolor blog, of course I mostly discuss and show my activity in the world of watercolor but I also teach advanced photoshop at a local community college. I combined these skills to create this poster for her. It is good to combine the latest technology with direct painting and drawing skills. This is the result. The above image shows the design and the one on top is the actual print out.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Watercolor Workshop

Here I am teaching my first watercolor workshop! It was a success. Students enjoyed it and I did too. I was happy to share my knowledge of the medium of watercolor and hope to teach many more in the new year. This workshop was held at the Anton Art Center in downtown Mt. Clemens.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Scenes from the 98th International Open Exhibition for the National Watercolor Society.

For those of you who did not attend or were not able to, I will share with all of you the experience of spending a long weekend in San Pedro, California. Enjoy!

And here is a scene of the marina in San Pedro and my painting "Soft Landing" in the show. I achieved my signature status this year.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

"Soft Landing" is in "The Art of Watercolour" Magazine

Here is the layout on page 8 in their 32nd issue out this month. Out of all the watercolor magazines out there, I feel that this one is the most professional and shows the best of the best watercolor artists around the world. I feel proud to have my painting shown in this issue.