Watercolor Basics, Watercolor Project

How to Salvage a Landscape Watercolor Disaster

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

Watercolor Basics, Watercolor Project

Sandpiper Project: Part 3 – Final

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

Watercolor, Watercolor Basics

Aquafine Travel Watercolor Set and Sketchbook

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

Watercolor Basics

Tone Practice in Preparation for the final Sandpiper Project

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

Guest Post

Watercolour Duet

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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Watercolor Basics

More on Sailboats and Water Reflection

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