So, today, I started my journey into watercolor landscapes. I want to start going out and capturing some of our city scenery in watercolor. And one of our iconic locations is the T-heads wharf along shoreline. I live in Corpus Christi, Texas and we have so many nice landscapes to paint. So, I started with… Continue reading How to Salvage a Landscape Watercolor Disaster
So, today, I completed my second watercolor portrait. I found an old photo of my eldest daughter when she was 6 years old. This is such a wonderful time for children. And yes, she was always smiling. In this second portrait, I learned some valuable lessons after completing the first. This time, I tried to… Continue reading Another Simple Portrait
Today, I attempted a portrait for the first time of my daughter to concentrate on working tones and watercolor. Here is the reference photo and the final: I was fairly pleased with the result, although I had somes trouble color mixing. I ran into a few problems with trying to match the tones of Megan's… Continue reading Portrait Project
So, today, I finished my final rendering of the Sandpiper project. Here is the final result: Overall, I wasn't 100% pleased with the final result. My initial wash went pretty well. Unfortunately, I didn't like the first wash completelety because it was too light, so I found myself going over it again, and then a… Continue reading Sandpiper Project: Part 3 – Final
Today, at lunch time, I set out to buy a sketchbook and watercolor travel set. I found a really good one. It's made by Daler-Rowney and called the Aquafine Travel Set. I actually went to a local art store and paid about $29. You can get it on Amazon much cheaper ($18). "The ideal watercolour… Continue reading Aquafine Travel Watercolor Set and Sketchbook
So, today, I worked on tones with a few colors that I will be using for my final rendering of the Sandpiper photo. I want to complete this sometime this week and move on to another subject. I looked over the picture again today to get some idea on the tones, values and colors I… Continue reading Tone Practice in Preparation for the final Sandpiper Project
So, I was busy yesterday and finished my second attempt of the three sandpipers. Here is the finished product: This second attempt was better than the first. The wash was much better, although I felt like I started with too a watery mixture with not enough pigment to let it run. So after my initial… Continue reading Sandpiper Project: Part 2
A few weeks ago, I was at the beach and captured a photo of some sandpipers on our local beach. I thought the photo was good, so for my first official project, I wanted to capture the beach mood of these birds. Before I start, I wanted to practice getting the sand, reflections and essence… Continue reading Sandpiper Project: Part 1
This is the first post from John that I viewed on his blog. Great content and glad I found this blog on watercolor!
For this week’s post I’m indebted to watercolour artist David Harmer. David was recently inspired to take on a most unlikely watercolour challenge – to paint theMaunsell Sea Forts, named after their designer Guy Maunsell, in the Thames Estuary. These amazing structures were built during the second world war with the primary aim of defending the country from air attack, especially by bombers that would use the Thames estuary as a means of navigation to reach London.
Each fort comprised of seven structures that were linked by walkways. Built in harbours, they were sailed into place on concrete barges that were then sunk onto the sea bed. They are now derelict hulks, visual curiosities that remind us of the terrors of our not too distant history.
After taking a boat trip out to see the forts, David took it upon himself to tackle this subject in watercolour. Almost…
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As you can see from my previous posts, I am very new to this medium. Watercolor is a challenge. Well, I'm up for the challenge. I've been struggling through my watercolor paintings without much direction, just getting the feel of painting again and learning how to mix colors. From my first attempts at watercolor, you… Continue reading More on Sailboats and Water Reflection