web analytics
Blog Archives

Barn in winter watercolour

NorthCalBarnSnowSml

This watercolour is another tutorial from Terry Harrison.  I didn’t do very well with the wet-in-wet especially on the barn but I enjoyed painting it.  In fact I made quite a few mistakes but hey ho.

Posted in art, watercolour, watercolour painting

Rusty Dodge

RustyDodgeSml

Here is my latest painting from Terry Harrison’s tutorials.  This one is of a 1952 Dodge that he spotted on his travels.  In real life (his photo) it doesn’t look as rusty as this but he shoes how to get a rusty looking effect.

Posted in art, watercolour, watercolour painting

The open gate watercolour

theOpenGateJEsml

This is another Terry Harrison tutorial but I managed to make a rather strange shaped house on this one.  I had sketched it out first and somehow thought the line I had sketched in for the tree was the line for the back of the house.  I was going to try and lift the colour out but ended up just leaving it as it is.

Posted in art, watercolour, watercolour painting

Riverside cottage watercolour

riversideCottageJEsml

This is from one of Terry Harrison’s tutorials.  There are a few wonky bits on it but hey ho.

Posted in art, watercolour, watercolour painting

Polperro – (more or less) watercolour

polperroJEsml

A watercolour painting from a Terry Harrison tutorial.  I didn’t quite get the colour right in the sky at the left hand side so I tried to make it into a bank of trees across from the harbour.

Posted in art, watercolour, watercolour painting

After the storm watercolour

afterTheStormJEsml

I like paintings with little boats in them and I am trying to practice sky and sea painting with varying success.  This one is from a Terry Harrison tutorial.

Posted in art, watercolour, watercolour painting

Breaking wave watercolour

breakingWaveJEsml

I have been learning to paint by reading books and doing a few tutorial and this painting is from one of Terry Harrison’s online tutorials. They are good tutorials for beginners as he shows how he mixes his colours and takes you through each step so you can learn different techniques.  It still takes practice though to get the techniques right.

Posted in art, watercolour, watercolour painting

Coast watercolour painting

CoastWaterColourSml

Here is my latest attempts at a watercolour painting.  I was working through Paul Taggart’s lessons and although I did learn a lot I haven’t really done them justice.  I am still a bit heavy handed with the paint and my colour mixing needs more practice.  There is so much I don’t like about this painting but in doing it I did learn quite a bit and after all I do need the practice.  I used bamboo paper just because it was handy and in a gummed block but next time I do watercolour I will use watercolour paper and maybe even stretch it myself as I haven’t tried that yet.  Thanks for the lessons Paul.

Posted in art, landscape, painting, watercolour, watercolour painting

Dragon fly card

dragonflyBirthdaySml

I was finding it difficult to come up with new ideas for some cards and even after flicking through some old magazines and books I still couldn’t come up with any thing.  But I then started to look back at some previous cards I have made I got an idea from 2 previous designs that I joined together.  This is made using the watercolour technique and stamps where you ink up your stamp and spritz the stamp with water before stamping onto water colour paper.

Inks:  Adirondack Wild plum, Red pepper, Terra cotta, Stream, Lettuce, and Oregano

Card:  water colour paper, old olive card, ivory card

Stamps:  Clarity stamps Dandelion heads, Satampin up Pocket silhouettes, unknown dragonfly stamp, Papertrey ink Out on a limb sentiments

Other:  Stampin up hardware, Tiny mosaic Cranberry, East of India ribbon

Posted in card, dragonflies, dragonfly, watercolour

Old cottage watercolour on news print

oldCottageWatercolourNewsSm

This was a fun exercise I did last November.  You tear a piece of newspaper and glue it to your board or in my case watercolour pad.  Then do your watercolour (or any other medium) to paint or draw your image.  You can choose how much newsprint to show through.   I found the whole process quite fun as I didn’t feel that it mattered if I made mistakes.  I was using water colour and I just slapped the paint on a went with it quite carelessly.  It didn’t matter if the lines were not straight or if I couldn’t get the shade on the house right. (the inspiration is from an image found on the web while doing a search for ‘thatched cottage’ or ‘English cottage’ or something like that but I have forgotten where.)

Posted in art, art class, cottage, painting, watercolour, watercolour painting

Previous Posts