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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 Painting

Watercolor painting Rising Mist boat painting by Joe Cartwright

What is watercolor painting? If you tackle the subject from the point of view of painting with colored water, rather than watercolor paint you may find it easier to understand. By considering watercolor painting as dealing with colored water you are forced to give more thought to the water component. Water is the most important Continue Reading …

Watercolor painting of Bells of St Mark’s Campanile

Watercolor paintng of Bell Tower of St Mark's Basilica in Venice by Joe Cartwright

This watercolor painting of bells, specifically the Bells of St Mark’s Campanile, the  the Bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica, in Venice, Italy, was completed by my class last week. It was a subject they had not done before and I thought it would give them some good practice with drawing curved shapes. It also allowed Continue Reading …

Rhode Island Red Rooster

Rhode Island Red Rooster watercolor painting restricted washes

I did this watercolor painting of a Rhode Island Red rooster recently as part of a series on animals I am doing with my watercolor painting students. This subject can be tackled in various ways and I used two different techniques with my two classes. In the first watercolor painting I built the red watercolor Continue Reading …

Plein air watercolor painting in cold weather

Hawkesbury River plein air watercolor painting

Plein air watercolor painting in cold weather can present some unique challenges. If you are not aware of them your watercolor paintings could fail. Recently I went plein air painting with one of my friends. We had planned to paint the Hawkesbury River on the plains looking down from Freemans Reach above. The temperature was Continue Reading …

Simple watercolor painting subject

Simple watercolor paintings for beginners - egg shells

Here is a simple watercolor painting subject for beginners. It is also a good subject if you are sitting around your home and not feeling too inspired. It will get your creative juices flowing without a great deal of emotional investment on your part. I have a number of other similar simple watercolor paintings for Continue Reading …

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