Artists I like – Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya isn't my favorite artist of all-time. I'm writing about him first in my Artists I like series because he's the very first non-American artist I studied in real life. My wife and I have a hard rule. Every year, we have to leave the country to a country…

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Why do people buy art?

Have you ever asked anyone why they bought art? I don't mean in a negative way, like "why the hell would you buy that?" I mean, ask them sincerely why they purchased that particular piece of art. You'll be surprised at the responses you'll get from art buyers. You pretty…

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Watercolor on wood vs paper
Mermaid Allie, Slick, Gizmo, and Mr. Octopus

Watercolor on wood vs paper

Watercolor on wood. It just sounds cool. However, if you don't know what you're doing, it will end up a disaster. I'm assuming you've already painted watercolor on watercolor paper (which is made from acid-free cotton, not regular paper). If you haven't, watercolor paper is what most watercolor artists paint…

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Where I’ve been the past year…

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If you're wondering what happened to me after I finished the Princess for the Night short story last year, I got heavily into art. I haven't written a single piece of fiction since January of last year when I finished up that one. So, this blog will have a dual…

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How I paint skin tones in watercolor

Not everyone who does watercolor paints people. However, for those who do, the absolute number one question is - how do you blend skin tones in watercolor? Now here's the answer you probably don't want to hear. There's more than one way to do it. Actually, there are dozens of…

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Watercolor and gouache are friends

Watercolor and gouache are friends. They play nicely together. Actually, gouache is a type of watercolor. You'll hear some people refer to gouache as "opaque watercolor." That's because, that's exactly what it is. You'll also hear purists who believe you should never use gouache. Or, use one or the other…

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When there are no heroes

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This is the Finale of Princess for the Night. Part I of Princess for the Night is here s was with Tonna, Isabella was brought in chains in front of the cave by the elders. Cold, damp, and wearing a white dress that isn't enough to keep her warm, she…

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Some day a hero will make it right

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This is Part VIII of Princess for the Night. Part I of Princess for the Night is here he looks into her Aunt's crystal ball, and sees her hero, the one she would some day marry, the one who loved her, the one who would avenge Tonna's death and free…

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Wake up Isabella!

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This is Part VII of Princess for the Night. Part I of Princess for the Night is here sabella did try to not drink too much. She didn't. However, let's not forget that she's just a teenager. And her aunt kept shaking her. "Wake up, Isabella. Wake up." She said…

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One hell of a party

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This is Part VI of Princess for the Night. Part I of Princess for the Night is here sabella got tons of hugs and even more tears from pretty much everyone. Everyone, except Avery, who was practicing one last time, then wanted to get a good night's sleep. If he…

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