Category Archives: Watercolor painting steps

Steps to follow for watercolor painting.

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 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 …

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 …

Painting the sea, people and birds with watercolor

Finished watercolor painting of simple beach scene

Painting the sea Now the sand is done we will now look at painting the sea. Using the same mix of watercolor paints but make sure the consistency is stronger than that used for the sky; we use a dry brush technique to paint the water. I use the point of my brush to establish Continue Reading …

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