Angle of watercolor painting easels

Dramatic sky painted with watercolor board kept flat to retain highlights

What should the angle of watercolor painting easels be? This is a very common question of beginner watercolor artists and one I was asked recently by a visitor to this website. It requires a more complex answer than just to say about 25 degrees. The real answer is: β€œIt depends on what effect I am Continue Reading …»

Wet street painting with reflections

Wet weather watercolor painting: Reference photo of William Street, Bathurst.

This wet street painting was inspired by a photo I took one morning while I was leaving Bathurst. It had been raining earlier but the rain had stopped and the sun was just breaking through the clouds. I love painting wet weather scenes as it opens up some exciting design possibilities. Reference photo for wet Continue Reading …»

Watercolor painting video – Venetian Canal

Watercolor painting video demonstration of a Venetian Canal by Joe Cartwright

I have just completed my first watercolor painting video that is available through Vimeo. I intend to create a number of these videos in the future. This first one is of me demonstrating how to paint a Venetian canal scene. This is typical Venice with a bridge and a leaning bell tower. The tower belongs Continue Reading …»

How to paint fog with watercolor

Mist around The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, Australia. Reference photo for watercolor painting of mist.

I was recently asked by a reader about how to paint fog with watercolor. Fog is very easily painted with watercolors because it is so simple to create soft edges and light tones with this beautiful medium. If you look at a foggy scene you will notice a number of things. The effects of areal Continue Reading …»

Watercolor paintings – studio organization

Siena street scene Italy watercolour paintings

Like other artists I spend a great deal of time in my studio. It is a space I generally feel very comfortable in. It includes not just all my art materials and equipment but also my computer, camera gear, completed paintings, etc. I have over 300 books on art and watercolor painting and these get Continue Reading …»

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