Tag Archives: ruins

Watercolor batik of Stonehenge ruins in UK- tutorial

My recent painting of Stonehenge was based on photographs I shot years ago while visiting the monument.  The original pictures were shot in the evening, but I was inspired to paint the ruins in a moonlit scene. I began by doing a sketch on top of the rice paper.  Since I paint with high contrast values, I make sure to… (more…)

Complementary color scheme in watercolours

Recently, I have been working on a series of watercolour paintings of the Moai heads on Easter Island, Chile.  my wife and I visited the island on our honeymoon (I know, not the most romantic place- but we continued onward to tropical Tahiti). We stayed on Easter Island for five days, and loved it.  We visited the ruins at sunrise,… (more…)

Watercolor demonstration- Asian ruins

The internet is fantastic due to the wealth of painting information.  Years ago, when I took painting classes in college, the only way to learn was to watch students, ask professors, buy books, and read magazines.  However, there were few demonstrations in books and magazines, and I was left trying to figure watercolor through trial and error. Now, you can… (more…)

Watercolor painting from photographs

Painting today is fantastic due to the wealth of information on the internet.   Interacting, and viewing works by fantastic watercolorists such as Alvaro Castagnet, Michael Reardon,  Keiko Tanabe,  Oscar Norblom, Sadhu Aliyur, and others inspire my watercolors. While it is cool to see finished paintings, I have always been drawn to explanations, or demonstrations of the painting process itself.  Watching… (more…)

Watercolor paintings of Angkor using the mouth atomizer

During the wedding off-season I have been painting as much as time permits.  Of course, with two children (one 4, one almost 4 months), this is easier said than done. I am currently working on a series of watercolors based on the Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat.  I have visited Cambodia several times to photograph the UNESCO archaeological ruins of… (more…)