Just a quick reminder about working on your clouds: when you paint your sky make sure you're not getting shapes in your picture. For example, you have to step back from your picture and take a good look at the clouds. If you see a shape (a bunny, an ice cream cone, Mickey Mouse, etc.) you must start over. Always take a break and look at your picture with a fresh eye- otherwise you'll always see the shapes you've painted rather than you picture.
We always get questions about the supplies in the tutorials we're posting (by "we" I mean my daughter who helps me). The most recent questions have been concerning the watercolor brushes we're using. My advice is simple; the more expensive brushes are not necessary. The synthetic brushes are cheaper and hold the paint a little better. Don't be afraid to try the synthetics until you're a little more experienced in watercolor painting. Most of my picture in the tutorials (to this point) have been a size 6 round, and a size 8 round. We welcome your questions and comments! JB
Hi Everyone! We've been getting a lot of questions about our free video tutorials. Most people have been writing to ask about when a new lesson will be posted. What we're trying to do is post 1 complete, new lesson every week (usually by Sunday afternoon). The best way to get notified is by subscribing to our YouTube channel or just checking back at the lessons page of this site. Hope that answers your questions! Happy painting! JB
I was born in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania and now live in Ocean City, New Jersey. I am the proud parent of two children and five grandchildren. My work history includes more than 30 years of teaching in public schools throughout the Northeast Corridor. I've taught advanced science courses, French, and elementary school. I'm an accomplished piano teacher but above all, I'm an artist. My true love is watercolor painting and my desire is to share my abilities with everyone. I'm primarily self-taught and I know how to share my knowledge. I excel at teaching and I am proud to say that my strength in watercolors is in my teaching ability. I can guarantee that you will feel encouraged and accomplished after following my lessons. I wish to pass on my love of teaching to all artists, young and old, beginners and accomplished artists. Together, we will succeed!
Hi everyone! First, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your support. I've received overwhelmingly positive encouragement and I thank you. You can help by subscribing to my YouTube Channel, "Liking" our page, "Plus One" our page, or simply share a link with your family and friends. That said, I've received a lot of questions about paper. Questions are usually related to weight and like I tell all my students, the 140 pound rough is the best. I prefer Arches but you can choose the brand. The rough paper holds the paint much better than the hot or cold pressed. Thanks and please join the conversation. Many thanks! JB
A common fear in the art world is "I can't do it!". I'm here to encourage you and help you understand the basics of getting your ideas onto paper. After teaching watercolors for 30 years, I can comfortably tell you that yes, you can do it! I've never taught a student who has not improved and watercolor is accessible to everyone. You can succeed and together we'll feed your creative soul. Watercolors will teach you to be free and imperfect which is perfect. I wish you happy painting!