Author Archives: Joe


About Joe

Owner and adminstration of the Painting With Watercolors website and forum. I am a professional watercolor artist, though I also use other mediums including pen and ink. I also enjoy playing with computers and the internet so this website is a bit of a hobby of mine.

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 …»

Mastering Watercolors – a practical guide

Mastering Watercolours by Joe Cartwright

My three year project to write a book to assist artists with their watercolor painting is now complete. Both a paperback and eBook version are available from Amazon. Watercolor is a magical and often challenging medium. However, once mastered, it will reward you with  the pleasure of creating striking works of art of infinite variety. I 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 painting problems

Last Mist - Glen Davis watercolor painting

Sometimes plein air watercolor painting problems seem tougher than at others due to non-ideal conditions, if you are on holidays and are there to paint then you just have to try and make the best of your environment. I recently spent 4 days painting at a little New South Wales town called Glen Davis. The Continue Reading …»

How to use color thumbnails to change mood

Coastal Seascape watercolor painting by Margaret Ng, new color scheme

Recently one of my students painted a nice watercolor seascape. Her reference photo was of a coastal scene at Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia. It was of a bright day and her original painting reflected this. However she wanted to change the mood of her painting and was not sure how to go about it. So Continue Reading …»