Near the airport there was a beautiful wildflower patch – all purple and golds, with bits of white and light blue. (I got tons of photos and will be painting it for years to come.) Here’s my process in finishing, fixing and changing to improve my watercolor composition.
How To Paint Anything – Join The Fun In 2017
My Goals for 2017
- Expand your outlook with new and unique subject matter
- Post unending Watercolor tips on how to make realism easier
- Try out and share the latest new materials and colors
- Get feedback from everyone to be a more effective teacher
- Paint more and better paintings than ever before
Don’t miss a thing! Keeping up is easy, no matter what your schedule – with Facebook for daily posts, my blog for weekly posts or my newsletter for once or twice a month emails.
How To Improve or Fix Watercolor Paintings
Do people tell you that watercolors are unforgiving? Not true. I’m going to post monthly on ways to fix or improve students’ watercolor paintings. (Hint: And the answer is usually VALUE.)
In 2017, I’m going to find ways my friends and students can post their work and share with each other their tips and comments. Working alone in the studio means you need a nurturing art community that you can turn to from time to time for support, inspiration or just camaraderie. Join the adventure now!
Do you have trouble getting a rich, dark black or bright white with watercolor?
That’s because tube blacks (and Paynes Gray) are muddy and dull, and tube whites dry to nothing. Don’t worry – here’s the key to easy blacks for every subject and a great white. The first video shows how you can mix blacks and what to do with Pro white. The second video shows how to apply black wet on wet for rich, dark, glowing colors – the best of watercolor!Continue Reading
Okay, you don’t need all eight. You can start painting with just four – paint, brush, paper and water. But these will make painting easier and more fun. (And you probably have some already.)
For a free lesson with lots of good advise on materials, visit my watercolor school.
When I first tried watercolor, I bought a cheap set of paints at the local craft store. They worked surprising well. If you bought a set, too, or already have some student grade paints, go ahead and use them. Just replace them with a few professional grade tubes when they’re gone.Continue Reading
In 2017, I’ll be building my watercolor school lesson by lesson. Here’s simple techniques for trees that anyone can do, from beginners on up, with two bonus lessons for more practice.
Pinterest is a like a bulletin board for the internet. You save things for looking at later. Here’s a link to my pinterest page for dog and cat paintings by other artists. Studying other artists’ work is a great way to improve your own work. Here’s a few of my own paintings. Continue Reading
Recently, a Craftsy student asked, how can I paint a dog that’s all one color and make it look realistic? That’s a good question. Here’s a video that goes over some helpful tips – use a black and white copy to see value changes, use a limited palette of the dog color and it’s complement for mixing, and use short strokes on short fur and long brush strokes for longer fur.
Painting an even flat wash of color seems simple, but it can be tricky. Here’s a video demonstration with 3 tips for painting a beautiful flat wash of color quickly and easily. Reference photo for this lesson is below the video.
Letting the paint mix on the paper can be SCARRRRRY, but never fear, the next wash will turn your pumpkin paintings into a real treat!
Last week I tried out eight different types of watercolor masking. (That’s liquid stuff you paint on your paper that keeps areas unpainted, so you can put washes around the masked area without worrying about avoiding it.) The results weren’t good.Continue Reading