Why do you paint/draw so many apples?

If you've seen my artwork then chances are - you've probably seen an apple or two..or three. I love painting apples! There's a very good reason for that too. Apples are my favorite type of fruit and they are (in my opinion) the most colorful type of fruit as well. They are also extremely easy to draw - it's a circle! However, there's also a sentimental value associated with apples for me.

Watercolor Painting Tools - Part 2: Paints!

Watercolor Painting Tools - Part 2: Paints!

The quality and brand of watercolor paint you buy is without a doubt, the second most important part to painting successfully. Artist grade paints contain more pigment and less filler than student grade paints. However, the number one rule with anything is to buy only the best that you can afford. It's a waste to spend hundreds of dollars and expect to be a successful painter overnight when "the core of painting successfully lies within the artist".

Watercolor Painting Tools - Part 1: Paper

Time to live up to my past promise on an extensive overview of tools for watercolor painting. If I had to rank the priority of each, I would break it out as follows:

1. Paper - quality 140lb or 300lb watercolor paper

2. Paints - Artist grades will certainly improve your painting skills and techniques

3. Brushes - This comes in last place because different artists' prefer different types of brushes 

Watercolor Brands

Watercolor Brands

There are so many watercolor brands out there to choose from. How do you pick the best one for you? There are two types of watercolor paint which are usually labeled "student" grade and "artist" grade. I highly recommend purchasing the artist grade paints only because student grade is just not that good. They give you less pigment load in each tube and more metal fillers. This will result in more paint use but less color intensity achieved from each tube. If you are purchasing student grade, 

Types of Palettes

Types of Palettes

The golden rule about palettes is that there is no perfect  palette. The type of palette you use is completely up to personal preference! I would like to note that I am not a palette addict...I just haven't found the one yet. 

There are three main types of palettes: plastic, metal and porcelain/ceramic. 

New Site Launch!

Hi everyone! After days of working on this site, I am happy to finally announce that it is ready for visitors. If you have any suggestions or thoughts on the site layout/structure please feel free to email me.

I would love to receive feedback since this is my first personal website apart from my entrepreneurial site that I made in 2010 for my jewelry line which was mostly an ecommerce layout.

Keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming post on paint brands and tools this week. Thanks for reading! :)