This weeks watercolor class was a continuation of a painting we started from the previous class. We worked on composition and painting techniques when painting flowers from photographs. The painting shown here is my class demonstration. We were working from a photograph I took of flowers at a garden center. I sometimes bring a camera when I am at local garden and landscape stores because there is a always a good variety of flowers. With digital cameras it is convenient to take, download and save reference pictures. I file my reference pictures by subject so I can easily find what I am looking for quickly. Subjects can be birds, flowers, or locations like Connecticut River can be put into a folder on your computer. It is a good idea to file your photographs when you download them onto your computer. It only takes a few minutes to put the photos in folders so they can be found easily. Our next class will be putting people in your...Read More
Author: PJ Cook
Jan 16, 2009 | Painting Lessons |
The most recent class in watercolor was of a white rose. I started by wetting the entire paper and laying in color for the background. I keep this fairly pale and let it bleed into some of my flower and leaves. After this has dried I started to paint the sunlit areas and then the petals that were turned away from the sunlight. I demonstrated how to paint each petal wet into wet with 3 colors. It is fun to paint a white flower with colorful shadows. I use cobalt blue, rose madder and hansa yellow. Using those 3...Read More
Dec 19, 2008 | Painting Lessons |
Creating wood texture in watercolor was our lesson for the week. My demonstration started by wetting the paper and laying in a wash of several shades of brown and grey. Letting that dry I fanned out a flat brush that had just a small amount of dark brown paint. By separating the hair into irregular gaps you can create a dry brush effect that works well for wood grain. Lay the brush out flatter than usual and drag the brush across the paper in the direction of the grain. After you have finished the wood grain texture paint...Read More
Dec 10, 2008 | Painting Lessons |
My lesson this week for my Monday afternoon group was about different watercolor washes: flat, gradated, wet into wet and streaked wash. We divided up our paper into several squares for practice. One of the most important aspects of painting a wash is to have enough paint prepared on your palette. The gradated wash shown here is done by adding more and more water to your brush as you work down the paper. It is also a good idea to tilt your board while you are working. A wet into wet watercolor wash can be multiple colors painted onto very...Read More
Dec 2, 2008 | Painting Lessons |
I gave my 3rd watercolor lesson yesterday in painting evergreen trees to my Monday afternoon group in Old Saybrook. In the previous class a request was made for learning how to paint trees, specifically painting evergreen trees. I decided to give a demonstration for about 45 min to an hour and then have the class try their own painting. The painting shown below is the watercolor I did in class. Painting Technique The watercolor started out with a wet into wet painting of the background evergreen trees on the left. This created a soft more diffused group of evergreen...Read More
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