Category Archives: Watercolor Demonstrations

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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 …

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 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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