Taking a Chance

Today’s watercolor experiment: Directly after my warmup exercise (see Copying post) I decided to go out on a limb and try a large painting of the essence of the J.M.W. Turner composition (A Sunset Sky). I was less than successful in the small drawing that constituted the last stage of my warmup. I was very […]

Turner Sunset

Today’s watercolor experiment: I warmed up today with a warm and cool color juxtaposition exercise. Hopefully this prepared me fore a Turneresque study of a sunset. The instructions in my Tate Watercolor Manual * said to lay down a cobalt blue sea and a yellow ocher sky, “strengthening” the warm yellow with cadmium red light […]

It Worked

It worked. Distraction, I mean.  Yesterday I mentioned that this was the first year I didn’t get a happy birthday call from Mom, not because she forgot to call, but because she died earlier in the year. One of my ways of dealing with sadness and bad feelings has been to compartmentalize. However, it was hard […]

Mysterious Island

It took me a little while to get back to doing my watercolor studies, after visiting the kids last week. I just got the studio back in order, unpacked, put everything away and…  no ideas. Today’s watercolor experiment: I was flipping through a watercolor magazine and saw a poor reproduction of a painting by J.M.W. […]


After my attempts at atmospheric painting based on the wonderful work of Maurice Sapiro, I thought I would take a look at some of JMW Turner’s paintings. When I see Turner’s and Sapiro’s works, I don’t think of them as paintings, but rather am transported to a state of mind imparted by the subtle combinations of colors. […]


I was very impressed by Maurice Sapiro’s latest work called Flash Point. It is a wonderful Turneresque scene. I’ve often wondered how Turner created his color transitions to infuse his work with such drama.  Sapiro also suffuses his painting with atmosphere. Today’s watercolor experiment: Although Flash Point and many of Turner’s works are oil on canvas, I […]

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