Thank you for taking time to comment! It is much appreciated! I enjoyed reading your article. I just started watercoloring a few months ago.
It's completely different from acrylics. I have a lot more to learn, but I do so enjoy it.
I think there's a freedom with watercolor that's not with oil or acrylics. I'm an old great grandma and love creating different things in different venue's. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. You're a talented young lady and I wish you well with your painting. God bless you. You're amazing! I also love trying out all different kinds of supplies.
I find really interesting how learning one technique sort of enhances the other ones! I found watercolors fluidity and freedom, as you call it, kind of difficult and frustrating in the beginning but with practice one begins understanding how to work along with watercolor paint characteristics and use them to one's advantage! It's a wonderful medium for sure and hope that you continue with it!
I wish I had a grandma who painted! I would have enjoyed that so much! Please do let me know if you'd like to see me write or make videos about any particular topic. All the best this ! Thank you for clear and very relevant advice -- I have learnt some the hard way and some I know but realise I am lazy and do not take enough care so thank you for the reminder. I'm glad you found my post helpful Colin! It's hard to get over bad habits sometimes, for sure.
But don't let up and you'll get far! Hope to see you around! Hi Erika! Thoroughly enjoyed your newsletter and great watercolor tips. I just began watercolor painting this past summer after I retired and am learning as I go. Any advice or ideas? Thank you so much! Hi Carole!! I'm SO happy that you enjoyed my first newsletter! Working on something else to send out to you guys because I really want to get to know more about you and be able to offer useful content for you so be on the lookout for that.
Keep going and you'll soon be able to do amazing things. You present an excellent question that is a problem for a lot of us artists and it's hard to answer it without actually seeing your work.
I'd love it if you could send it over to give you a more appropriate answer! Was the work that you took as inspiration a photograph or a finished painting?
How much of the original piece is identifiable when viewing your work? I was reading a great article a while back about copyright infringement laws that I'm going to try to find for you to send it over. Do get in touch with me whenever you'd like through hello erikalancaster. Send me a photo of your work and I'll give you my opinion! Thank you SO much for taking time to comment and looking forward to hearing from you!
Hi Erika, I have taught watercolor workshops professionally for over 25 years I totally agree with everything you said. Watercolor is a magical medium and very under rated I have tried for years to encourage more younger artist to use the medium.
Anytime you want to chat would love to connect. Sincerely and best wishes, Rebecca Kahrs. Hi Rebecca, That's amazing that you taught for that long! You must know so much!
It's truly an honor to have you here, visiting my site. Thanks so much for reading and taking time to comment! Have a good one! Thanks very much as I liked your tips for a beginner like me.
Hi Vijay! You are correct. Most watercolor artists that are trained in the "classic" way refrain from using black at all. Instead, they create their own blacks by mixing different hues together. These blacks are referred to as "Chromatic Blacks". The reasoning behind not using black straight from the tube or pan, is that this black tends to result in "flat" or "dead" areas. Watercolor artists are not only very much interested in creating paintings with life to them, but also in creating coherent, harmonious paintings in terms of color.
They create their darkest hues with a "temperature" to them, depending on what goes best with their compositions. Straight up blacks that you can buy at least the ones that usually come in common sets are neutral.
They are neither cool nor warm. And watercolor artists want to have control over what temperature their darkest hues have. They analyze what's best for their composition and create their own blacks which lean to either the cool or warm side. This way, their colors will play with each other in the way they want and their painting will be much more alive and luminous overall.
Create your own mixtures of Blues, Reds and Oranges and even greens and see what happens! When I first started using watercolors, I often tried to create my darkest hues by combining whatever color I was using with straight up black and this often led to dull, muddy color.
What I do now-a-days is create darker versions of my colors by mixing them with either purples, blues or my darkest browns depending on my subject. You can also create your shades with washes of Complementary colors after your initial layer has dried.
This is something I want to try to do more in the future! He creates a lot of videos specifically about mixing colors! I hope that this helped you! Two years into learning what I can do with the medium of watercolor. I truly wish I had somehow "known" all of your suggestions early on.
Watercolor: Let the Medium Do It [Valfred Thelin] on trucencresov.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Suggests practice exercises involving found materials. Watercolor: Let the Medium Do It [Valfred with BURLIN, Patricia. THELIN] on trucencresov.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.