5.27.2016

Stormy Sky


I am in the process of creating a new video course on how to paint dramatic skies. This is the painting that I am demonstrating. I am quite pleased with how it came out. I was going to add some distant trees on the right but decided against it at the last minute. Still not sure if that was the right decision. Would love some opinions on this.

5.23.2016

Evening Glow


Painted this quick demo as part of my latest Youtube video on watercolor choices for beginners. Anyone interested can find the video at at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeoS4QBSfWc

5.06.2016

You tube demonstration on creating textures in watercolor


I've been doing a series of videos on Youtube on how to create textures in watercolor. This is #4 in the series. To watch the others go to my Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDD3LH45Pom4Ivx4OmugxTQ?view_as=subscriber and be sure to subscribe so you don't miss future how-to demonstrations. Enjoy!

4.03.2016

Painting Mist in Watercolors - FREE class


I've created this free short video on my Teachable page for anyone who wants to  learn how to paint mist in watercolors - even if you are a beginner. It's very easy to follow using a technique I learned many years ago. Signup and enjoy at http://watercolor-painting.teachable.com/courses/painting-mist-in-watercolors


Here is what one of my students, Michael Mitchel produced using the same colors I did but getting completely different results. I love how each artist has their own interpretation of a subject and how their own style shines through.

3.19.2016

Wild Grasses


Experimenting with different textures. For the orange background I used a netting material that I bought at a fabric store and in the foreground I dribbled granulation medium over sepia ink. Colors are Daniel Smith's quinacridone burnt orange and prussian green and Winsor & Newton's raw sienna for the sky area. Size: 10" x 8". http://www.jeanlurssen.com/

3.11.2016

Landscape Patterns


More experimenting with color and textures. I am pleased with this one. The colors worked out well together. I used Daniel Smith's perrylene violet, quinacridone gold and permanent brown (which is actually a very nice reddish color). For the trees I used burnt umber acrylic ink. When you experiment sometimes the colors don't quite work well together, or are too bright or dull or end up being muddy. I threw three in the trash before coming up with this one.

2.24.2016

Brooding Sky


We have had some pretty stormy weather lately which inspired this watercolor. I used only three colors - burnt sienna, indigo and French ultramarine. Every now and then I am really pleased with a painting and don't nitpick about what I could have done better and this is one that I am rather pleased with. I also recently revamped my web site - after using wordpress for many years I decided to make the change-over to Squarespace with a more modern look. If you are interested in seeing my new site please click on this link.

1.30.2016

Desert Sunset


Back to glazing again. I love painting layers and layers of thin watercolors to create a glowing effect. I also love painting sunsets, which lend themselves to this layering effect. I used new gamboge, transparent pyrrol orange and a new color for me, permanent brown, all of these are Daniel Smith colors. Permanent brown is actually a lovely deep red color. I painted this on Saunders Waterford cold pressed 140lb paper. I really love the way this paper takes color.

1.14.2016

Solitude


This is a place in Cumbria, England called Grange Over Sands. The photo below is courtesy of a cousin. I liked the peaceful scene but wanted to change the colors to create a more atmospheric feeling to the place. Hope I achieved this. Artistic license is a liberating feeling.

1.05.2016

Dreamscape II


First painting of the new year. Feeling inspired. Trying out new colors and textures - having fun. Painting is great therapy. It's my way to relax.  Just wish I was better at coming up with good titles for my paintings. Something I need to work on this year. For the trees in this watercolor I used transparent red oxide and for the grays in the foreground I used cobalt blue + aureolin yellow + rose madder genuine. I am pleased with the results. Trying to keep my watercolors loose.