I started by taping off a few sections in my watercolor sketchbook.
My plan was to keep it simple and limit each square to a just a few colors.
Daniel Smith watercolors used: Sap Green, Pthalo Blue, and Carbazole Violet
Brush used: Round #12
This was a fun way to play and work on ideas for future paintings. Although a large part of this exercise was about trying different color combinations, I was reminded how important it is to leave some unpainted areas. Leaving a little white of the paper adds interest and also a little sparkle.
I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun.
Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent! 😊
As I started working on this painting I quickly realized that things weren’t going as planned. When I dropped color on my damp watercolor paper I could see that my timing was off. My plan was to create distant trees but that was not what was happening. I was disappointed at first but continued on and did not fight it.
Lesson learned: Go with the flow and allow the painting to guide you.
Chilly Cityscape 9 x 12 inch watercolor
I continued dropping in color and resisted the urge to fix things.
Stepping back I could see an unexpected cityscape with buildings and trees. What a happy surprise. Things didn’t go as initially planned but that’s ok. I learned a lot from this exercise and in the end I love the cityscape painting that resulted.
Lesson learned: Watercolor sometimes delivers a happy surprise.
I plan on keeping this painting near my desk as a reminder of these important lessons. 🙂
I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.
A little landscape practice with an exercise from Zoltan Szabo’s book, 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques.
Happy Sunday! 🙂
Beyond the Meadow – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper
The flowering tree in this landscape caught my eye. It looked like a good exercise to practice painting trees using the wet on wet technique so I decided to give it a try.
While painting the distant trees I reminded myself to leave enough white space for the flowering tree in the foreground. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth that I was able to achieve with this landscape and how quickly it all came together.
It feels calm and peaceful, I love that. 🙂
I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.
I’ve been working on a few simple landscape paintings. I used similar color combinations for my distant trees in each painting and have 3 very different results to share with you today. Oh, and lots of blue. 🙂
My first step on any landscape painting is thinking about where I want the horizon to be. Once I decide how much space I want to reserve for the sky, I lightly draw a line for the horizon using a pencil and ruler. With the horizon line in place, it is easier for me to visualize the big shapes in the painting.
Using the wet on wet technique, I tried to indicate some distant trees. When the wet paint hits the damp paper, it creates color blooms on the paper. It is so much fun to watch this happen!
I tried to keep things simple and not overwork my landscape paintings. I had to remind myself before starting each one, no fussing allowed. Hopefully that will get easier with more practice.
Indigo worked well in this painting. I am very pleased with the addition of the foreground here, it seemed to balance things out. Although I like the other paintings below, this one is probably my favorite because I’m pulled in and feel something.
I really like the varied tree shapes in this one. The bits of white paper beneath the trees in the center area worked well. I need to remember that for future landscape paintings.
This abstract landscape is very different from my usual style of painting. I love the blooms of color in this painting. ❤ The granulating effect of the French Ultramarine Blue is quite interesting.
I hope you enjoyed this simple landscape series.
Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, create some art and do something you love. Hope your week is awesome. 🙂