I’ve never considered myself the type of artist who sticks to one specific brand of paint, or a certain type of paper. Sure, I have my favorites, but I’ve found that experimenting with all kinds of supplies is at the core of my creative journey. Walking the halls of art supply stores, going home and testing different materials, and being inspired by what a medium has to offer are all special moments for an artist. In fact, experimenting can be the source of inspiration for what can later turn into elaborate pieces. The medium itself becomes the place where ideas are born.

Before writing books and teaching online courses, I taught in-person watercolor workshops. In one of these programs, students would create a large swath of experiments ...

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