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?”┬á 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 …╗

Tea Gardens sunrise watercolor painting

Watercolor Paintng Tea Gardens sunrise with house boat on Myall River

This is a class demonstration watercolor painting titled “Tea Gardens Sunrise over the Myall river, New South Wales”. I was attracted to this scene by the light reflected on the water of the Myall River at Tea Gardens in New South Wales. Watercolor is a great medium for capturing light so decided to do this Continue Reading …╗

Pen and wash flower demonstration

Pink Magnolias flower pen and ink and watercolor wash

I have just posted, on my PenAndInkTechniques website, a demonstration of pen and wash drawing / painting of Pink Magnolias. The pen, ink and watercolor wash demonstration starts with the selection of a suitable reference photo. In this case the photo is of ┬ámy wife’s favorite tree in our garden. I looked for an image Continue Reading …╗

Watercolor painting: Venice Storm Clouds

Venice Storm Clouds over San Giorgio Maggiore watercolor painting

This is a recent class watercolor painting I did with my Saturday students. It was inspired by a photo I took when I was in Venice, Italy, a few years ago on a painting holiday. I knew a real storm was brewing when all the concession holders along the foreshore were rushing to close up Continue Reading …╗

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