Category Archives: Beginners Guide to Watercolor Painting

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

Watercolor painting of shed with strong shadows

Watercolor painting old shed in the morning with strong shadows

This watercolor painting of a shed with strong morning shadows was a painting I had my students do recently. The reason I selected this for the class painting was because it gave my students a chance to practice how to capture the early morning light and the shadows that result from it. It was based Continue Reading …

Plein air painting easel for watercolor

Plein air painting easel for watercolor

From time to time I wondered about the weight and functionality of my plein air painting easel. It took too long to set up and was heavy. This got me thinking about just what is important in an outdoor watercolor easel and how I could reduce the weight so that carrying it around is not Continue Reading …

Plein air easel for watercolor painting

Towards St Marks Plaza Venice watercolor painting

You can see a photo of my light weight plein air easel below. The whole thing, excluding my plastic palette weighs only 1.146KG (2.527 lb) which is less than a third of the weight of my original setup. The old metal palette weighed 495gm when filled with watercolor paint while my new, modified plastic palette Continue Reading …

Stress management techniques for watercolor painting

The first watercolor painting I ever did in class wet on wet - just playing!

So now we have talked about how stress can be detrimental to your watercolor painting progress We will look at some additional techniques that can help you reduce this stress (stress management)  so you can observe better and hence move your watercolor artwork along. So now we have talked about how stress can be detrimental Continue Reading …

Stress and watercolor painting

Watercolor painting workshop class Jan 2013. A watercolor workshop can be a stressful environment but doesn't have to be.

New artists often find watercolor painting extremely stressful. Considering many people take up art to reduce stress this is not a good thing. The main problem with stress and watercolor painting is that when you are in a state of stress you stop observing. Yet observation is a critical factor when painting with watercolors. Stress Continue Reading …

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