Practicing Negative Painting

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 shape of the object.


Wet on Wet Fantasy Background

I was just playing around with dropping wet paint onto wet paper. I really enjoyed this exercise, and was pleasantly surprised at how they turned it a very misty surreal background.

Working On The Doorway

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. I varied mixtures of Daniel…

Acorns and Leaves

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 I thought this painting was…

River Sketch

This was a very quick sketch (I was focusing on speed sketching) done in only 15 minutes.

My Beautiful Kitty

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 goes down of my Birman…

Bird On A Fence

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.

I applied a thick layer of paint for the background using Quinacridone…

The Lonely Barn

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.

I began painting from the background forward, making each next…

French Rose

Travelling to France on holiday. I had hoped to have time to sit down in parks and sketch/paint, but surprise surprise we walked non-stop. At the very end of the trip, when I collapsed in absolute exhaustion, I had a brief chance to do a few little sketches. One of them was this Rose that…