How did I do that? I am often asked that question and here is an answer regarding my watercolors.
“Jellies” 15″ x 22″ Original Watercolor
Since my ideas come from many sources I like to have a “painting plan”. Although each painting is different, I begin with a compositional plan of lights and darks in a 2” x 3” value sketch in my sketchbook and proceed to a full-size pencil drawing on my watercolor paper. I use various traditional and contemporary watercolor techniques to apply color and sometimes spray or pour the paint onto the paper or canvas. In all of my work I use both large and small brushes loaded with very transparent colors, adding layers of paint to create transparent glazes. I rarely use opaque watercolor pigments.
If you look closely at my work, you can see “negative painting” in the osprey nests, light “poured” into the water in “Jellies” (pictured) and clear transparent “luminous color” in the seascape paintings of the Florida Keys. I hope you enjoy viewing my paintings as much as I enjoyed the painting process!