Two Techniques to Improve Watercolor Landscapes
How to use white to push the background back, and saturation to keep the foreground close.
Learn two techniques that can take your landscapes from ho-hum to amazing in this short quick demonstration, easy and effective.
We start with the finished painting from the basic Peggy's Cove lesson and apply these techniques in a quick video demo. Here's the before and after photos - note the more atmospheric effect you get with white washes on the distant areas. (Please practice these techniques on scrap paper before you try them on a good painting.)
Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher
My story is simple.
I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.
Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).
My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.
Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!