Thursday, January 28, 2016


Here is my new promo. Please spread the word about my Youtube channel where I will be adding future tips and techniques. If your organization is interested in booking a California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture three to five day workshop, contact me here or through my website at

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Doin the mess around

Remember John Candy in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles speeding down the highway listening to Ray Charles singing The Mess Around? Loved that movie and scene in particular. Well, today I messed around with my latest California Vibe watercolor portrait that I started and posted yesterday. Was I successful bringing this painting to a successful conclusion or need I do more messing around?

Monday, January 25, 2016

A pearl or a pile of steaming you-know-what?

What the hell. This is a new California Vibe watercolor portrait I just started. Now I'm thinking "where do I take it next?", and why not post it in progress. We shall see what it turns out to be. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, check out my new California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture workshop video.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Two of my latest California Vibe watercolor portraits

These two "California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture" explorations were painted on 140lb. Arches cold press, rough watercolor paper. I am proud to announce that I have a five minute video promotion about my "California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture" workshops that I offer and teach nation wide. This is the Youtube link. By the way, if anyone can tell me how to post the video on my blog here, I would very much appreciate it.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

One of my watercolor portrait using a more "natural" color palette. Not my California Vibe style, but it is bright and cheerful. Painted on 140lb. cold press, rough watercolor paper, full sheet.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Top watercolor portrait is a preliminary study painted on a 12 by 16 inch sheet of 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. The final portrait was painted on a 22 by 30 inch sheet of 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. Painting studies helps to familiarize yourself with your subject in terms of value shapes and what your color choices will be. This process really helps when one is working in watercolor! Notice my expressive use of not only color but brush strokes (especially in the hair). Watercolor rocks!!! By the way, this is a good example of my California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture style that I teach both in California and across the country.