I’ve been painting watercolors for about 10 years. I love painting en plein air, usually landscapes with buildings or water, and I like to include figures or animals when I can. While I am mainly a watercolorist, I like to experiment, enjoy adding pen and ink to watercolors and sometimes use gouache. My engineering background helps me with architecture but it is a constant struggle for me to paint in a loose style. This has led me to play with Brusho, a powdered form of watercolor paint and more recently to paint on Yupo. A couple of my favorite paintings are below:
Rural Vermont, plein air painting done in 2021 Winter In Pocopson Township studio painting done in 2020
I stopped framing watercolors under glass sometime in 2021. I mount the watercolor paper on board that had beenprimed with gesso using acrylic mat medium and then spray the painting with UV resistant archival quality varnish. This eliminates glare and seems to enhance the colors. Sometimes I finish them with wax.