Category Archives: Beginners Guide to Watercolor Painting

This Beginners Guide to Watercolor Painting category is for articles especially written for new watercolor artists.

Watercolor classes versus painting at home

Reflections of Victoria Bridge Penrith by watercolour painting Joe Cartwright

Some students only attend watercolor classes or workshops. They rarely produce artwork at home or in their studio. I am always encouraging my students to try and paint as much as possible at home. In addition to attending my watercolor classes. I did this because I noticed that those that did so progressed much faster Continue Reading …

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 …

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 …

Painting light with watercolors

Hawkesbury River at Yarramundi plein air watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright

Recently I produced a couple of plein air paintings which I felt really captured the light. Painting light or how to represent light always fascinates me. So when I get it to work I am really happy. Both of these watercolor paintings were done at Yarramundi Reserve. The reserve is situated at the junction of Continue Reading …

Plein air painting of pond, hills and reflections

Plein air painting with watercolors of Pond reflections cows hills and trees

Recently I went plein air painting with my friends. We have a regular plein air day every Thursday. The group sometimes has eight or more people turn up and is a lot of fun. Most of the people who turn up to these plein air days are members of the Nepean Art Society, in Penrith. Continue Reading …

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