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.

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 …

Watercolor painting – Foggy morning Clarence River

Foggy morning on Clarence River in Grafton watercolor painting

Here is last week’s class watercolor painting. It is based on a photo I took one foggy morning of a couple of sail boats on the Clarence River, before a watercolor workshop I was running in Grafton, NSW. I especially liked the mist on the distant shore which is the subject I wanted to teach Continue Reading …

Painting mist

Mist around The Three Sisters, watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright

Last week’s Saturday class painting was about how to paint mist. In particular it was about painting mist around The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney. The reference photo was provided by my friend Rob Weaver, The Backard Watercolorist, who captured this image from the Scenic Railway at Katoomba. It caught my Continue Reading …

Wet weather street painting

Bathurst in the rain wet weather street painting by Joe Cartwright

Here is the wet weather street painting I did with my students last week. Actually the painting was completed over three classes. Here are the three main stages: Drawing a street scene The first week we covered how to draw a street scene. The key point is to start with eye level (horizon) and then Continue Reading …

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