Watercolor Techniques: painting water

Short and quick today. Observing how water can be painted using watercolors.     Painting Water In the samples shown,  I’ve created the impression, the illusion of water on paper. Cobalt teal blue in watercolor helps, of course. But, so does understanding the tones, the feeling, mood, and which of the common techniques to use.Continue reading “Watercolor Techniques: painting water”


Featured today… simply,  because I like it.     Watercolor Landscape   Favorite This remains, one of my favorite paintings.   Small. Unframed. It goes unnoticed for months on end. Stacked in a pile, amongst the many.   Every time I get it out again, it is like a new painting. Its’ loveliness …. fresh,Continue reading “Loveliness”

Still Life floral watercolors

A nice easy and simple arrangement with two vases. One clear, one a dappled cobalt teal blue. Complementary pairing was used with the flowers – Yellow daffodils and Purple magnolias.           Still Life Techniques   Edges This painting, has a dominance of hard, sharp edges. This means it was painted onContinue reading “Still Life floral watercolors”

What You Get…. (Benefits of watercolor paint test strips)

Testing…. test strips for Watercolor. What’s in it for you? The relevance, the value, The Benefits of having a Test Strip at the ready every time you paint. It may not sound like fun at first but it certainly can be.     Watercolor Mixing and Testing     Learning Points about Test Strips   Continue reading “What You Get…. (Benefits of watercolor paint test strips)”

Color Play Triad

Just for fun. A quick bit of mixing and matching. Testing the colors out, seeing who looks good together.     Watercolor Play I created a 6 set chart in watercolors. Then found a few sets that appealed to me the most.   This triad with the Daniel Smith Moonglow, the cobalt teal (green blue)Continue reading “Color Play Triad”

To Master Color….

To master color, what I do…. is Experiment.         Master Color, Watercolors   Alot of it. But, it is so fun.   It Can be super fast, like this one!  5 Minutes. And you learn so much from every practice you do.   I find that setting aside the 5 minutes, insteadContinue reading “To Master Color….”

Color: With Naples Yellow

Naples Yellow is beautiful warm and balanced paint, created by Daniel Smith watercolors. I’ve decided after numerous purchases and experiments with other NY (Naples Yellow) colors that they were lacking in what I needed from my paints.  Clarity, mixability, lightfastness, consistency.   Color Mixing A brief review on some of the experiments I’ve done usingContinue reading “Color: With Naples Yellow”