Every day matters—we each only have few, so try to make each one count.

Watercolor painting is like jazz. A great painting has the structure of good composition and a solid value pattern, but within that structure are exciting improvisational notes and color passages.

Balance art with life; don’t neglect time with friends or family.

Never let reality stand in the way of a good painting.

Your style will find you.

There is a built-in irony of the happy painter. It sometimes looks as if things are going smoothly as he or she sits in a grassy field playing with art materials, when in reality, it is a challenge and a struggle to wrestle each painting into submission.

Watercolor is a challenging medium. The difficulties are worth the rewards. ...

Get Portfolio: Expressive Painting now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.