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 demo of warm red sky and reflections

Lake Bonney sunset completed watercolor painting demonstration by Joe Cartwright

I have just finished posting my latest watercolor painting demonstration. This one is of Lake Bonney in South Australia. You can view the complete demo at this link: Lake Bonney watecolor painting demonstration. You can see the finished watercolor painting below.  

Watercolor painting techniques: paint wetness

West MacDonnell Ranges at sunset watercolor painting

A question I often get asked by new watercolor artists who are struggling with their watercolor painting techniques is, “How wet should their watercolor paint mixture be?”  Another is, “How wet should their watercolor paper be?” Paint wetness seems a simple enough topic but it can give newcomers to this art a lot of grief. Continue Reading …»

Plein air painting: Berowra Waters

Berowra Waters plein air watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright

Last weekend we had a very pleasant get together with some close friends who live on Berowra Waters, New South Wales. I have visited them many times and always found myself spending a lot of time looking out at the beautiful view from their deck and wanting to paint it. This time I took the Continue Reading …»

Sunset watercolor painting – Lake Bonney

Lake Bonney SA reference photo for watercolor painting. Warm red sunset with red reflections.

Lake Bonney sunset watercolor painting How to create a sunset watercolor painting was the topic for my Monday watercolor class this week.  For this work I chose a sunset scene with lots of warm colors and interesting reflections. The reference photo was provided by my friend Robyn Lovelock and is of Lake Bonney in South Continue Reading …»

Plein Air Painting with Watercolors and Inks

My basic plein air watercolor painting kit

My wife (Sue) and I recently spent three weeks travelling through parts of Central Australia. We travelled around the Kimberley region of Western Australia and finished up at Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Most of the time we were on a organized tour. So I thought I would cover some issues to consider when trying to Continue Reading …»

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