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Hárságyi Winery and New Brushes

Hárságyi Winery and New Brushes

Recently I bought some new pens, brushes, and paint, and this piece was an excuse to try them all out. I picked this winery image because it was ideal for line-and-wash. It also included rusty colours so I could try my…

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Chickadee on a Branch

Chickadee on a Branch

I should probably paint something else besides Chickadees! I’m itching to do a landscape, so that will probably be my next job. I wanted to paint something as a gift to the woman who gave me so many art supplies…

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One Year of Watercolours!

One Year of Watercolours!

It’s my website’s first birthday today! It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I wrote my first post. Sometimes I get discouraged when a painting isn’t working, and I feel as if I haven’t progressed much. But…

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Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park

I like the background of this painting of Jasper National Park, but I’m not keen on some areas of the foreground. I don’t know why landscapes with strong foregrounds give me so much trouble. Maybe I need to start doing…

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Stormy Marsh

Stormy Marsh

Stormy skies are a challenge for me, and I only seem to paint them to my satisfaction about half of the time. This was not one of those times. The clouds turned out okay, but not the way I wanted…

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Still Life – Egg Study, take 2

Still Life – Egg Study, take 2

I painted a similar still life several months ago, which you can see here. I thought it would be nice to try again and see if I’ve improved since then. The original turned out pretty good, so I’m not sure if…

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Working with Neptune Flat Brushes

Working with Neptune Flat Brushes

I have two Princeton Neptune Aquarelle flat brushes in 1/2″ and 3/4″ widths, purchased from Curry’s for $11 and $18. The hair is synthetic squirrel. Real squirrel hair holds huge amounts of water and releases it evenly, but it’s not springy like sable hair. This…

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