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About Joe

Owner and adminstration of the Painting With Watercolors website and forum. I am a professional watercolor artist, though I also use other mediums including pen and ink. I also enjoy playing with computers and the internet so this website is a bit of a hobby of mine.

Under-painting in watercolor, its importance

Finished watercolor painting with under-painting left as highlights

When painting with watercolors, in my style, the under-painting (initial wash), is very important as it holds a painting together. The under-painting must be tonally correct or the painting will never look quite right. When I am painting a landscape, at the under-painting stage, the scene should already look like a landscape. The sky and Continue Reading …

How to mix greens using watercolors

Watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright, titled North Richmond Farmland.

One of the questions I am most frequently asked by my students has to do with how to mix greens. No other color generates as much confusion regarding how it is mixed. Green is produced when you mix blue with yellow. However, as most blue and yellow pigments are not pure colors i.e. they contain Continue Reading …

Plein air painting lesson – Changing light

Autumn Poplars watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright

I recently went on a 5-day plein air painting trip to the town of Tumut in NSW. The weather was perfect, with the main challenge being the changing light. Unlike most other places in New South Wales, where evergreen trees predominate, around the Tumut region, there are plenty of deciduous trees which add lots of Continue Reading …

How to use photos for painting

Watercolor painting Coffs Harbour Sunset, by Joe Cartwright

Most artists use photos for painting at some point in their career. For some, they are the only reference they use, while for others they are rarely used. If you are going to be working from photos, there are a few things you need to be aware of if you want your artworks to succeed. Distortion in a Continue Reading …

Wet watercolor paper first or not

Watercolor painting started by spattering water at the start

A common question I get asked by new students, or while doing a demonstration is, do I wet watercolor paper first or not? Rather than giving a simple yes or no answer to this question I must first talk about what happens when the paper is wet. With watercolor painting answers are easier to find by Continue Reading …

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