Archive for Watercolor

All That Glitters

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , on September 28, 2017 by sebland

This week I’ve been playing with various backgrounds to see how my lilies look surrounded by white space, foliage and now gold acrylic. I’m fascinated at the effect of green watercolor over gold, then blotted away, giving a lacy appearance. I’m going to play with this idea. That’s what it’s all about: “What if?”  This painting  is available at my new gallery, (

Learning to Listen

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , on September 25, 2017 by sebland


For most artists, I think, there are periods of inspiration when we can hardly paint fast enough. During those times, we feel eager to get to work, champ at the bit when life interferes, and just can’t do enough. Then there is the fallow time. Your muse has taken a vacation, and  not only do the ideas disappear, so does the inclination. For the inexperienced artist, this can be terrifying! Where is that enthusiasm, the self confidence, the excitement? The trend these days is the challenge: Paint a painting a day for 30 days. Post a painting daily, they say, because practice makes perfect! I’m not sure that is always true in every case. While I certainly gained new skills and some degree of self confidence, I have come to realize that just as a farmer lets some of his fields lie fallow, sometimes we need to slow down, let the thoughts lie dormant for a little while, be quiet and listen for direction. Showing up doesn’t always mean to keep busy. Sometimes it just means to trust  that when the time is right, your ideas will return. Stand back and enjoy what you have created. Wait for it. It will return, I promise.


Posted in art, How to Paint, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , , on August 23, 2017 by sebland

One of the last watercolors I painted during the heat of July, this one reminds me of a cool misty walk through a forest of new trees. I feel the moisture on my face and the damp air around me.
We all need to find that place apart where we can be still and feel peace within. Nature is my quiet place.


Posted in art, How to Paint, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , on August 22, 2017 by sebland

image.jpegSometimes you just have to trust your intuition. I’ve been wanting to paint a rose up close and personal. When I began, I was afraid it wouldn’t work out. I had a beautiful blob but it did not resemble a rose! I tell my students to trust themselves and don’t give up, so decided to follow my own advice. After a while the petals began to reveal themselves little by little. I’m glad I stuck it out. A rose is a rose, after all!

New Beginnings

Posted in art, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , on August 19, 2017 by sebland

imageJuly in South Texas is, to say the least, hot as forty hells. It takes about five minutes outside to convince me there are better places to be – like a cool air conditioned studio. Looking for inspiration I accepted a 31 day watercolor challenge. Now watercolor is not my area of expertise. In fact for a long time I refused to teach it. Remaining in my comfort zone seemed the wisest course of action. Boredom pulled me out of that zone, and for the entire month I did a watercolor every day. Guess what? I grew to like the entire process, from sketching my subject to selecting the colors, seeing how easily they blended, posting them on social media, and selling a good number of paintings for the first time in months! It appears I should have followed my own advice and just shown up! More later about how much I am beginning to appreciate my own advice and why.

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