One Of My First Paintings

Terry Harrison Trace and Paint Tutorial Result - a watercolor painting by Kat Skinner.

The other day I was going through my archive of paintings, and came across one of my very first watercolour paintings.

Terry Harrison Trace and Paint Tutorial Result
Terry Harrison Trace and Paint Tutorial Result

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 painting is done by following one of Terry Harrison’s tutorials.

The book Trace & Paint Watercolour (Ready to Paint) is a great book for absolute beginners who don’t want to have to come up with their own compositions or sketches in order to produce a nice painting. That’s a whole different challenge for artists – and when you are just beginning its a great way for you to focus on practicing your painting skills.

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Working On The Waterfall

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, Pyrrol Green (Blue Shade), and Quinacridone Gold.

The first task was painting the first layer of water and the background. I painted a light wash of Pyrrol Blue for the body of water, and combined Burnt Sienna to change the shade to a more brownish-grey color.

The next step was adding the moss on top of the rocks. I recently discovered that I love how salt textures on watercolour paper, so I used a lot of salt to try and create an interesting appearance. The moss was painted in Pyrrol Green, Quinacridone Gold and Burnt Sienna.

I then focused on painting the grey rocks. I used Pyrrol Green mixed with varying mixtures of Burnt Sienna and Indian Red. Why Pyrrol Green? Because the rocks were quite wet, they often had moss growing on them in very fine layers, thus I was happy for the rocks to have a green tinged color to them.

Here is where I added the background trees. It was at this point that I realised I wasn’t happy with how they turned out. I previously hadn’t practiced negative painting for foliage, however this frustration definitely fuelled more research and practice into the point.

Over all I wasn’t that happy with how this painting turned out, but every time you apply brush to paper, you learn something new.