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.

Watercolor Plein Air Step 4

Venice Santa Maria Della Salute Plein Air watercolor painting

Everything in its Place My plein air set up has a tray that holds my brushes, as well as my palette and water. I keep a towel in my hand to adjust moisture in my brush.  The better organised you are the less time you will waste looking for things, while your paper is drying Continue Reading …

Watercolor Plein Air Step 3

Venice Near Rialto Bridge Plein Air watercolor painting May 2010-2

Spray Bottle I keep a spray bottle handy.  It has a very fine mist (it was used to spray anti static spray on clothing before I appropriated it for my watercolour work) and I use it to keep my painting wet. If you spray while the paper still has a shine on it you will Continue Reading …

How to paint plein air with watercolors

Crookhaven Heads, early morning plein air painting

Plan your watercolor painting I start by developing a good design and an idea of how I am going to progress with my painting.  This is achieved during the drawing stage. Time of Day Now I try and get my paintings done in the early hours of the day and late in the afternoon.  If Continue Reading …

Watercolor Plein Air

Venice San Giorgio Maggiore Plein Air watercolor painting

Problems painting plein air with watercolor Artists often have trouble painting plein air with watercolor.  The reasons for this are many so I have written this article to offer some help. My first attempt at painting outdoors was a total disaster leaving me quite depressed about the whole subject.  However I figured there were many Continue Reading …

Watercolor workshops how to tackle one: part 4

Taking Notes By all means take notes during a workshop, especially if something the tutor says really strikes a chord with you, but don’t do it at the expense of really looking at “how” the tutor is painting.  Otherwise you will miss important information which you’ll regret. Critiques Tutors usually will give some critiques of Continue Reading …

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