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!
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
I also have many other pet photos you can download and paint on my Flickr site : https://www.flickr.com/photos/debiwatson/albums/72157650418298450
An artist will never love any of their paintings completely. We always have parts we like and little bits or places that bother us. That’s because artists are picky, and most (extremely?) picky about our work.
*NEWS FLASH* – You can use this quirk to your great advantage in your art career.
I’m using the same colors from the class – ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, burnt sienna, raw sienna, hansa yellow, and permanent rose.