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Creating Your Perfect Palette

Creating Your Perfect Palette

In this post, I will speak directly to customizing the colors in your palette, and how to adapt your choices to your practice and preferences, by walking you through they way I assemble my own watercolor travel palettes.
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Basic Guide To Plein Air Painting

Basic Guide To Plein Air Painting

Plein air painting, or painting outdoors, is a wonderful experience that many people are unfortunately too intimidated to try.  There are so many benefits to painting in nature that you just don't get inside a studio - and there are plenty of challenges to keep it exciting too!

In this post I'm going to go over some basic supplies you'll find useful, how to pack them, a few environmental and safety considerations, and a couple tips and techniques to help you get started.

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Seed Packet Project for Sharing & Saving Seeds in Beautifully Decorated Tiny Envelopes

Seed Packet Project for Sharing & Saving Seeds in Beautifully Decorated Tiny Envelopes

One of the things I love even more than talking about different varieties of heirloom vegetables is sharing and exchanging heirloom vegetable seeds with friends and neighbors.  If you have a backyard garden or anything smaller, then you know typically sized seed packets go a long way, and generally contain more than you need in any single season (especially if you are a glutton for different varieties, like me).  So, I plant some and give the rest away in little hand decorated seed packets.  This is a project I always look forward to and take great delight in.  
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Different Sizes & Types of Watercolor Pans

Different Sizes & Types of Watercolor Pans

There are so many different ways to customize your travel watercolor palette.  One of the most important (and fun!) ways to customize is through the different types and styles of watercolor pans that are available to you.  In this post I'll go over the different types and sizes of watercolor pans, what types of travel boxes/tins they are compatible with, and offer tips on how to match the right size with the right color.
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Greenleaf & Blueberry Handmade Sketchbooks Archival Arches Watercolor Paper

Introducing Greenleaf & Blueberry Handmade Sketchbooks

The perfect sketchbook is hard to find, especially if you are a watercolor artist.  If you've read my post on choosing the perfect sketchbook, you know the struggle is real, despite all the options.  At last, we are delighted to share our own line of sketchbooks with you.  Each sketchbook is made by hand in our studios using the highest quality materials and traditional techniques.

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The Modern Primary Colors

The Modern Primary Colors

The modern primary colors are Magenta, Yellow, and Cyan, and with them you can actually mix both Red and Blue, although I would argue that doesn't make Red and Blue secondary colors...
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How To Create A Color Pyramid

How To Create A Color Pyramid

One of my favorite watercolor tools is the color pyramid. Painting one is an enjoyable way to quickly put a few colors through the paces - and it leaves you with both a pleasing painting and a useful reference tool.
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Announcing 2020 Summer Workshops in Boulder, Colorado!

Announcing 2020 Summer Workshops in Boulder, Colorado!

I am pleased to announce a limited set of dates for Summer 2020 in beautiful Boulder, Colorado! I will be teaching both a Foundation Watercolor Workshop and a Next Level Watercolor Workshop, offering both during each set of dates. 
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Understanding Color Temperature

Understanding Color Temperature

In this post I'm going to lay out a few key points that revolutionized my understanding of color and helped lead me to the "aha!" moment of really understanding color temperature - and, most importantly, allowed me to enjoy color mixing and accomplishing it with ease.
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Creating A Color Wheel With Colors From Your Palette

Creating A Color Wheel With Colors From Your Palette

You might be surprised at how many artists truly believe that if they have three primary colors they can mix literally ANY other color.  

It is so important for your painting practice to understand a little color theory, but it is even more important to understand how the colors in your particular palette will behave.   

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Inventing Color

Inventing Color

By changing our language we can change the colors we see.  And by truly examining the colors around us we can learn to see past the language we've learned to describe them. In this blog post we'll explore how words influence perception and go over an exercise to help transform the colors in your palette.
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Best Experiences of Beautiful Boulder, Colorado

Best Experiences of Beautiful Boulder, Colorado

If you happen to find yourself in this lovely place - whether while attending one of our Watercolor Workshops, while passing through on a road trip, or while on vacation, I invite you to dig in and immerse yourself.  Here is a list of Matt and my favorite Boulder experiences...
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