Out West - Easy and Effective Techniques For Watercolor Washes and Realism
Painting Is Easy If You Know How
PAINTING IS EASY IF YOU KNOW THE TECHNIQUES
This is wet and wild at it's best. Wet on wet for motion - flowing washes on damp paper. The figure and horse are simplified in the easy to trace outline, to make this painting easier. Intermediate painters did well, and the beginners were also happy with their results - taking on average 2 hours to complete.
Learn Easy and Effective Techniques For Realism
Avoid the pitfalls of working wet on wet by wetting the front and the back of your paper so it can stretch evenly and lay flat. Apply your dark and medium value colors, then, while still wet, use a thirsty brush to lift for the lighter areas, for easy and effective realism techniques.
No special materials were used - mostly browns, blue, yellow, a touch of red, black and opaque white for touch-up at the end.
I'm a self taught artist and I love teaching!
My story is simple.
I showed a lot of interest and talent as a child, but my parents discouraged art as a waste of time. I spent my adult life as a nurse and raised a family - pretty busy. While I was home with the birth of my daughter, I bought a cheap set of watercolors and fell in love with the bloom of color. I told my husband, 'I'm going to keep painting with these until I get really good.'
Back then, not many painted realistic watercolors, so I practiced and tried things until I worked out my own style. It took a lot of trial and error,
. When I entered my first art show, I won two awards and was told I'd have to enter the professional category and not beginner. That frightened me soo much, I didn't enter again for years.
When my work began selling, I entered more shows with more great success. I worked very hard and became a full time professional artist and teacher.
Although my work has been recognized and featured in major exhibitions, books and magazines, I'm very down to earth, and just love painting.
No one has 'all the time in the world'. Paint now. You're never too old, it's never too late. Any bit of time you can practice will improve your skills.
And yes, this cowboy is a watercolor painting. (Reference photo used with permission by Diana Robinson)
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