Questions.  There are no silly questions. If you’re a watercolor beginner, how will you find out unless you ask?!  Even if you paint in oils or acrylics…. this post may be relevant. So don’t move on just yet!

 

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Watercolour Mountain

 

Best 5 Art Tips I Can Suggest

As a creative arts teacher, I’m primarily focused on the individual’s own unique Voice and self expression being allowed to come out –

I’d like an art world where students, beginners, artists feel truly Free,   to sing their own songs.  I would love to hear those songs.

 

  1. Real Life.  Start painting from a real, touchable, house hold, outdoor object. Postpone the photos, postcards, books,video copies, magazines, etc.   Nothing….. can replace real life for making serious quantum leaps ahead in your art skill development.
  2. Artist paper and paints. Buy less things,  and  get better, more en-Couraging results.
  3. Less is More. no fiddling. count your brushstrokes. limit your palette. say more with less.
  4. Hunt for evidence of your own progress. No need to compare self to Monet, Charles Reid, or someone else…. they’ve simply painted LONGER than you!
  5. Paint what you know, love, and have a deep abiding connection with. It is that connection that makes us, the viewers,  fall in love with your painting. It isn’t how perfect the work is….  Its how you made us Feel!

 

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I Love Trees

 

 

Painting Questions I’ve Been Asked Recently

 

How to mix nice greys in watercolors?

Easiest way is ultramarine and burnt sienna.   Remembering to mix opposites to create lovely greys with contrast and variations is a great method.  (blue/orange;  red/green; yellow/purple.)  I always avoid paynes grey, neutral tint as they’ve ruined my paintings too many times with mud, with deadness and flatness.

 

Can cerulean be used in the landscape?

Absolutely!  Perfect for the horizon’s palest blue.  Also wonderful for mixing foliage greenery.  I also use it for rivers, lakes on occasion.

How can tree trunks and branches be refined,  made less chunky?

You could use a rigger brush, it works like a charm. Or what I suggest to many beginners, as it is Cheaper… is to use a skewer tip to draw into the damp paint to create the finer branches, this is so much fun.

What greens to use for foliage in the landscape?

Aerial Perspective.  That is crucial.  Warm greens in the foreground, cooler in the midground and much cooler into the background.   ie  olive, then yellow green,  grass green, green blue, blue green, grey green.  And,  mix and create your own.

Can I copy that?

You could; but if the question is do I recommend it… no.  A long list of  reasons would ensue to explain properly. But between infringing on someone else’s copyright and infringing upon and lessening your own creativity, I’d not recommend copying.

 

 

 

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Wonderful Trees and Texture!

 

Useful places to go for further art basics and watercolor information:

No Fiddling Watercolours,

Watercolour Materials, where to purchase

Watercolor secrets and risks,

Watercolour the detours,

Hidden artist,

Watercolour textures,

Watercolour Tips.

 

 

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