Author Archives: Joe

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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.

Buying Watercolor Brushes

Round Watercolor Brushes hold lots of paint and bounce back to a point

What to look for when buying round watercolor brushes If you are thinking of buying some new watercolor brushes what should you be looking for and how much should you spend? In the past the answer to this question would have been quite simple, “The most expensive brushes you could afford”, usually this meant one Continue Reading …

When a watercolor painting is not fixable

Red Waratah flower watercolor painting

When a watercolor painting just can’t be salvaged Well this does happen and not just to beginners, experts also create work that just doesn’t come together.  In fact I believe you have to be prepared to make such paintings from time to time if you want your art to progress. You have to be prepared Continue Reading …

Muddy watercolor paintings and problems with design

Red Waratahs with green background watercolor painting

Small area of muddy watercolor If your watercolor painting is largely made up of clean watercolor washes but maybe 5% is overworked and muddy looking I often just let it go as it will not alter the overall look of your painting. This is not a hard and fast rule however.  Sometimes a little muddy Continue Reading …

Fixing problems with shape and tone in a watercolor painting

Irises watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright. White and dark flowers

Mass of tree foliage too flat and uninteresting You have just painted a mass of tree foliage but have just discovered it looks like one big flat shape. If the paint is still wet just use your fingernail or the rounded edge of and old credit card and scrape in some branch shapes. This breaks Continue Reading …

Watercolor problems: objects in wrong place

Church Street Melbourne Victoria watercolor painting. Tall steeple church, cars, strong shadows on road with lots of power lines.

Large splash of paint in unwanted area of your painting Watercolor problems often happen when one is moving a fully loaded watercolor paint brush over your painting surface. If you are not careful or are bumped you can drop a whole lot of paint where is it unwanted. It happened to me once for a Continue Reading …

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