Here I am painting negative shapes to create the illusion of depth behind the leaves and stems. This is a wet into wet process, with the thought of negative shapes around the leaves and stems in the furthest background, paint in the transparent yellow and then I drop in the mixture of burnt sienna, winsor green (bs) and winsor blue. Yum! it is the best combination. The background is fun to paint and I know it will be a great lesson, so in May I will be teaching this in a 3 day workshop.
I am a watercolorist and author my work has been published in numerous books and magazines including American Artist Watercolor featured
on the front cover, Watercolor Magic, The Artist's Magazine,
North Light's Splash 8 - Watercolor Discoveries, and Splash 10 - Passionate Brush Strokes and the more recent "Stunning Crystal and Glass" published by North Light Books, and my
DVD Video "Stunning Crystal and Glass". I am also the co-host
to an award winning instructional television program "Art 2 Art" view on
In 1987 I attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco focusing my studies on illustration, during my
time at the Academy of Art I discovered watercolor and
fell in love with this medium and became a full time watercolorist and instructor. From 1991 to 2001 she opened an art school of her own, "Emerald Lake Art Academy", in
Redwood City, California. In 2002 I concentrated on developing a new technique in watercolor, painting from dark to light, and have found that my students thrived on this unique technique, and could see there paintings develop quicker.