This is yet another one of my early paintings on YUPO. The rich colors of this rooster and the textures of the wood behind these birds begged to be painted on the super slick YUPO paper.

This week we're enjoying a wonderful worshop in Middletown, Ohio at the Middletown Arts Center, so all my posts will be about YUPO paintings from my archives. (The post shown here does seem somewhat faded compared to the original painting.) The wood was so so so easy to paint because of the way the paint slid around on the paper and because of how easily paint could be lifted for highlights.

Next week I hope to post what the artists in my workshop painted. One of the joys of teaching workshops is learning so much from each of the artists who are exploring their own art journeys. But, saying 'Goodbye' on the last day is the hardest part of teaching for me.

"BLACK TIE AFFAIR" Transparent Watercolor on YUPO 25 x 19"



This week at our workshop, I'll be teaching how to use as many approaches as possible on YUPO. This gull was one of the first paintings I did on this slick surface - done about 9 years ago.

The juiciness of the paint being affected by gravity, especially as seen in the rocky areas in this painting, was one of the hardest things to learn to take advantage of. Being a control freak, I found that the possibilities on YUPO helped me let go and enjoy the process of painting a lot more. I soon realized that YUPO and textures go together wonderfully and just love the way the colors stay so intensely vibrant on this non absorbent paper.

Although I now seldom take advantage of the juiciness aspect of paint on YUPO, I still totally LOVE working with either watercolor or fluid acrylics on this unusual surface. If you haven't tried YUPO yet, be brave. You can wash off your watercolor mistakes easily and start all over if you need to. Good luck.

"MAINE GULL" Transparent Watercolor on YUPO 14 x 11" COLLECTED