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Category: watercolour painting

Barn in winter watercolour

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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.

Rusty Dodge

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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.

The open gate watercolour

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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.

Riverside cottage watercolour

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

Polperro – (more or less) watercolour

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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.

After the storm watercolour

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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.

Breaking wave watercolour

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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.

Coast watercolour painting

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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.

Old cottage watercolour on news print

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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.)

Straw bales watercolour

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Today I have decided to rake out some of the projects I started last year but never quite had the time or inclination to finish them.  This is a watercolour painting that I started last November.  The inspiration for this painting is from a photo that Harry took one beautiful sunny day – not that you could tell that from my painting as my sky looks more like a storm is approaching!  Not to worry it is all good practice.  I also learned while painting this not to hold one paint brush in your teeth while painting with another brush because you forget it is there.  You then move or turn and all of a sudden you have inadvertently painted  a line across your painting.   Hey ho!

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