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The Making of Superb Wren and Camellias

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Most of the time you will only ever see the finished painting by an artist. The painting-process itself can take days or months to complete. But there is so much that goes behind the paintings that doesn’t actually involve picking up a paint brush. This post shows you the thought process and steps that I took to complete my Superb Wren and Camellias painting.

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Making of Aloe Polyphylla Succulent

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The third painting in my succulent series is of a Aloe Polyphylla. Similar to my first Succulent painting, this reference photo spoke to me; I adored the warm shadows and the geometric patterns. I would also like to give credit to where credit is due. I found this awesome photo uploaded …

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Preparing Your Ceramic Plate For Watercolor Paint

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A lot of artists suggest using ceramic plates (or specially designed palettes) as your watercolor pallet. This is a great idea since ceramic: Doesn’t stain, which is common with the cheap but popular plastic palettes. Doesn’t bead; it spreads evenly across the surface so you know exactly what your paint color …

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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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Working On The Waterfall

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This painting is an older one, before I learnt about negative painting techniques (I think this painting would greatly benefit from using negative rather than positive painting). Again I used my preferred brand of watercolour tube paints – Daniel Smith. The colors used are Pyrrol Blue (green shade), Burnt Sienna, …