A Crinkle In Time


I wonder if there’s anyone on the planet who doesn’t love the colorful autumn leaves, as long as they are still on the trees, anyway. Personally, I’ve always cherished fall on the coast. We welcome the slower pace, beautiful lighting, and the best surf of the year.

This is one of my “crinkle paintings” where I soak the paper until its fully saturated with water and then wad it up into a ball about the size of a grapefruit. When flattened back out all the damaged areas take the paint differently, specifically darker where it’s distressed. I find it especially effective at giving the background of a foggy forest a touch of mystery. It’s high risk in that a painting can easily be ruined, but as the saying goes, fortune favors the brave. (I hope you enjoy some photos of this watercolor painting in progress below.)

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First, some initial painting is done before soaking.

Then, it is dipped into a sink so the pigments begin to resoften.

After a few minutes, let the “crinkling” begin…

Until it’s about the size of a grapefruit.

The painting is then flattened back out.

The process is repeated, then it’s time to start the rest of the painting.








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Limited Edition – Signed and Numbered, Open Edition – Signed, Mini Print

Frame Option

Unframed, Malabar (Brown), Cascade (Gray)

Mat Option

None, Pebble/Dark Shale, Jet Black/Jet Black

Purchasing Options:

Limited Edition

(50 signed & numbered) Giclèe Print on Paper

Framed 33 ½” x 43 ½” $1400 – Unframed 22 ½” x 32 ½” $650

Signed Open Edition

Giclèe Print on Paper

Framed 19 ½” x 23 ½” $575 – Unframed 10 ½” x 14 ½” $175


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