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One Of My First Paintings

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The other day I was going through my archive of paintings, and came across one of my very first watercolour paintings. To make this finished painting I used a tutorial from the from the book Trace & Paint Watercolour (Ready to Paint) by the authors Terry Harrison, Geoff Kersey and Arnold Lowrey. This particular …

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Practicing Negative Painting

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On top of learning how to control watercolours, there are also a variety of techniques to learn that will help you achieve depth and a solid painting. One of these techniques is negative painting. In essential principles, negative painting is when you paint around a shape and not the actual …

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Working On The Doorway

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The first step in painting The Doorway was to paint the background. If you remember from some of my previous paintings I fell in love with textures, specifically textures made with salt. I wanted the windows to vary in color as if they were stained glass or older style glass. …

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Acorns and Leaves

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There are a lot of tutorials online – usually for beginners – for painting leaves. If you remember from some of my other posts, I wanted to learn how to paint leaves more accurately. Thus I delved into painting two detailed leaves with some acorns sitting on top. At first …

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My Beautiful Kitty

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What artist doesn’t paint their pets? Something (or someone as some may see it) that is loved so much deserves their own portraits. After having watched a tutorial on painting fur in watercolour, I thought I would try my hand at it with a quick sketch. First layer of paint …

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Bird On A Fence

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Most new watercolour paintings begin with a pencil sketch. I heightened the contrast on this photograph to make the lines seem more noticeable. I also applied masking fluid/frisket to the foreground and bird since I wanted to start by painting the background first. Masking fluid applied to my #watercolor 300lbs paper. I darkened …

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The Lonely Barn

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Another practice painting in watercolour. Each time I paint I learn something new and find ways to improve. In this painting I focused on under glazing – essentially how a layer of paint underneath the rest can add warmth and cool tones to the painting. Another water colour painting. A …