Category Archives: Class paintings

These are watercolor paintings which I have done with my students as class exercises. You are welcome to try they out yourself if you like. My original photo reference and the finished watercolor painting are included.

Watercolor painting – Foggy morning Clarence River

Foggy morning on Clarence River in Grafton watercolor painting

Here is last week’s class watercolor painting. It is based on a photo I took one foggy morning of a couple of sail boats on the Clarence River, before a watercolor workshop I was running in Grafton, NSW. I especially liked the mist on the distant shore which is the subject I wanted to teach Continue Reading …»

Painting mist

Mist around The Three Sisters, watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright

Last week’s Saturday class painting was about how to paint mist. In particular it was about painting mist around The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney. The reference photo was provided by my friend Rob Weaver, The Backard Watercolorist, who captured this image from the Scenic Railway at Katoomba. It caught my Continue Reading …»

Wet weather street painting

Bathurst in the rain wet weather street painting by Joe Cartwright

Here is the wet weather street painting I did with my students last week. Actually the painting was completed over three classes. Here are the three main stages: Drawing a street scene The first week we covered how to draw a street scene. The key point is to start with eye level (horizon) and then Continue Reading …»

Watercolor painting of sheep on Australian farm

Grazing sheep on and Australian farm watercolor painting

This watercolor painting 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 …»

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