“Ball-Jar Brush Holders” 23″ x30″ acrylicylic on rag paper

The search for the unique, special, or never-before-seen subject can be a long and fruitless journey.  So, sometimes I just paint the obvious that ofter time turns out be unique, specially, and beautifully honest.  These 2 ball canning jars sit on the windowsil tin my Maine workshop studio. I prepared a sheet of Kilamanjaro watercolor paper with coats of gesso, mat medium and tissue paper (a process I got from Becca Jones-( This process of veiling previous applied layers of paint lends itself to creating  feelings of old and mysterious. This painting looked like hell for a long time and then suddenly revealed exactly what I sought.


“Ball Jars: 30″x22”


  • jim camann

    Aug 22, 2018 at 7:36 pm Reply

    skip cannot find your reply to my comment…. stay well old fre

  • Karen Jacobs

    Aug 22, 2018 at 7:52 pm Reply

    It’s been a long time since I took watercolor classes from you in Laurel, Md, Skip. I moved away in 1976 but your teachings have influenced my work for years. This piece sings of all you taught. Delighted to be able to follow your current work which is magnificent, of course. Hope you continue teaching and painting for many years to come. Thanks for a very good experience.
    Karen Jacobs

    • Skip Lawrence

      Aug 23, 2018 at 8:14 am Reply

      Hi Karen, So nice to hear from you. It has certainly been a long time. Delighted to know that you are still making art.



  • Ruth Kaldor

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:58 pm Reply

    My favorite part is the pink reflection on the table

  • Rosemary Webber

    Sep 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm Reply

    The whole image is so rich. I want to keep looking at it again and again.

    • Skip Lawrence

      Sep 15, 2018 at 8:21 pm Reply

      Thank you Rosemary. I appreciate you opinion.

  • Jeralyn

    Feb 13, 2019 at 7:08 pm Reply

    Hi, Skip. I just wanted to tell you how much I learned in your Santa Fe workshop. It was a great week – my head is crammed with new knowledge, ideas, inspiration, and hope. Thank you!! Jeralyn

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