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 …

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 Chrysanthemums

Watercolor painting demonstration of Chrysantemums in red pot by Joe Cartwright

Yellow chrysanthemums in red pot Chrysanthemums can present a challenge to watercolor artists. The temptation is to try and paint all the detail. While this is possible it can lead to a tight lifeless painting. While visiting my sister in law recently I did this watercolor painting of her pot of chrysanthemums as a gift. This Continue Reading …

Forth Bridge – Scotland

Forth Bridge Scotland Watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright

I painted this watercolor painting of the Forth Bridge in Scotland as a gift to a very close family friend. He has often mentioned how much he admired this bridge so I thought I would surprise him with this little gift when we visited him in Oregon. I have seen this bridge myself and could Continue Reading …

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