Joy's Blog

Inside the Sketchbooks of a Well-Traveled Artist

Inside the Sketchbooks of a Well-Traveled Artist

Over the last 13 years, artist José Naranja has been filling pocket-sized notebooks with his own visual diary. By illustrating his daily experience...
St. Petersburg Mural Festival - Shine on St Pete

St. Petersburg Mural Festival - Shine on St Pete

SHINE on ST PETE is an annual art project, intended to illuminate the power of art in public spaces by revitalizing areas, inspiring dialogue and uniting our community—while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative and vibrant spirit.  The murals are BIG and they are BOLD and they literally light up the streets of St Pete.  Here's a look at some of my favorite festival entries.
25 Years of Favorite Artists

25 Years of Favorite Artists

Since this year marks a significant anniversary for Watercolor Artist, who are celebrating 25 years of publication by publishing the works of 25 ex...
Bend in the Creek by watercolor artist Joy Skinner

Paying Attention to Color Harmonies with the Munsell Color Wheel

It is really important that we pay attention to color harmonies in our painting.  Albert Munsell has given us a tool to do that called the Munsell Color Wheel.

The Munsell color system is a color space that specifies colors based on three color dimensions:  hue, value (lightness), and color purity.  It was created by Professor Albert H Munsell in the first decade of the 20th century ...

Painting leaves demonstration or tutorial

How to Paint Leaves

Leaves can make or break your botanical paintings.

When you’ve gone to all that trouble with getting your flower to look beautiful, you don’t want to let it down with lame looking leaves.

Look closely at the color and learn to embrace painting with the color green ...

Watercolor Tutorial about choosing a color palette and the Dressel Color Wheel

Selecting your Palette and the Dressle Color Wheel

Selecting a palette of colors often means limiting the choices, making studies and experimenting along the way. One of the keys to being successful as a beginner watercolor artist is to choose a workable set of colors.

Delve into what your palette can be and then start experimenting. Success is a guarantee — because your success is about experimenting and having fun ...

15 Amazing Finalists From Smithsonian’s 15th Annual Photo Contest

15 Amazing Finalists From Smithsonian’s 15th Annual Photo Contest

Every year, the Smithsonian Annual Photo Contest wows us with incredible images from around the world. For its 15th year, the competition received 48,000 submissions from photographers in 155 countries and territories in six categories, including Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, and Mobile ...
Welcome to my 1st Blog Post

Welcome to my 1st Blog Post

Hello and welcome to my art blog and my very first post!  Since this is the first post, let me introduce myself.  A mentor of mine, Rose Edin, said “There is no such thing as bad art or good art. There is only art you like and art you don't like”.  I agree.  So What IS Art ?