Painting light with watercolors

Hawkesbury River at Yarramundi plein air watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright

Recently I produced a couple of plein air paintings which I felt really captured the light. Painting light or how to represent light always fascinates me. So when I get it to work I am really happy. Both of these watercolor paintings were done at Yarramundi Reserve. The reserve is situated at the junction of Continue Reading …»

Plein air painting of pond, hills and reflections

Plein air painting with watercolors of Pond reflections cows hills and trees

Recently I went plein air painting with my friends. We have a regular plein air day every Thursday. The group sometimes has eight or more people turn up and is a lot of fun. Most of the people who turn up to these plein air days are members of the Nepean Art Society, in Penrith. Continue Reading …»

Watercolor painting of sheep on Australian farm

Grazing sheep on and Australian farm watercolor painting

This watercolor paintingĀ of sheep was completed recently by my class. The week before I had conducted a workshop in the country and brought back some good reference photos. I was staying on a farm with loads of excellent painting subjects. As we hadn’t painted sheep before I thought this would be a good topic for 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 …»

Plein air painting easel for watercolor

Plein air painting easel for watercolor

From time to time I wondered about the weight and functionality of my plein air painting easel. It took too long to set up and was heavy. This got me thinking about just what is important in an outdoor watercolor easel and how I could reduce the weight so that carrying it around is not Continue Reading …»

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