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Simple watercolor painting using candle wax

Image of completed simple watercolor painting using candle wax

Candle wax can be used to protect the highlights or white passages in your watercolor painting. I have used it to create the impression of waterfalls, white foam on the sea, and to save highlights on rocks. This simple watercolor painting using candle wax was done with only a few colors and some quick watercolor Continue Reading …

Watercolor painting demonstration – Pughs Lagoon

Watercolor Painting of Pughs Lagoon by Joe Cartwright

The subject of this scene is really the early morning light on the grassed hillside. Pughs Lagoon is about 30 minutes from my home and a popular site for local artists. This painting was done en plein air and, as I was quite happy with the result, I thought I would go through the steps Continue Reading …

Plein air watercolor landscape painting

Plein air watercolor landscape painting of Luddenham Farmland

Here is today’s plein air watercolor landscape painting I did with my Thursday plein air group. The location is in Luddenham, a semi rural area just outside of Sydney, Australia. It was a lovely day to be painting outdoors. Warm but not too hot, few clouds so no moving shadows to contend with, and no Continue Reading …

Watercolor Painting

Watercolor painting Rising Mist boat painting by Joe Cartwright

What is watercolor painting? If you tackle the subject from the point of view of painting with colored water, rather than watercolor paint you may find it easier to understand. By considering watercolor painting as dealing with colored water you are forced to give more thought to the water component. Water is the most important Continue Reading …

How to Paint Watercolor Paintings

Watercolor Painting Progression Chart

A watercolor painting usually progresses in the following manner: Large shapes to small shapes Wet on wet to wet on dry (could also be read as from soft edges to hard edges) Light tones (more water in a mix) to dark tones (less water in a mix) Cool colors (distance) to warm colours (closer to Continue Reading …