Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Watercolour demonstration by Paul Talbot-Greaves

Watercolor, Paul Talbot-Greaves
The Farsley and District Art Club in the UK shares some step-by-step photos of a watercolor demonstration by artist-author-instructor  Paul Talbot-Greaves .  Subject of painting is the tree-shaded lane shown above.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Poured Watercolor with Stephen Blackburn

Watercolor by Stephen Blackburn
Stephen Blackburn has received international recognition for his watercolor paintings.  He concentrates on close-focus subjects such as florals and still lifes.   The artist says that "pouring pigments is a great way to keep colors pure, although it does take some planning to achieve the right effect."   Blackburn explains his technique for poured watercolors in this article titled "Liquid Watercolors",  reprinted from "The Artists" magazine (in PDF format).

Sunday, October 9, 2011

How to Add Contrast to a Painting With a Dark Glaze

Pinecones by Linda Baker
If your watercolor paintings lack contrast, the solution may be simpler than you'd think. Watch as Linda Baker demonstrates a quick, dark glaze, that pushes distracting elements into the background.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Manhattan Watercolor Demonstration

Mixed Emotions, James Toogood, watercolor

In the spring 2008 issue of  Watercolor magazine, James Toogood discussed how painting with watercolor requires an understanding of not only the paints themselves but also their application. Click here for his demonstration of "Mixed Emotions". The scene is 50th Street and Broadway in midtown Manhattan, a location that is usually a frenzy of activity. Toogood eliminated the people from the composition so he could focus on the cacophony of color, light, shape, and texture of the buildings.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Watercolor Batik

Tuscan Window by Kathie George
Learn how to energize your paintings by combining the techniques of batik and watercolor. A step-by-step demo by Kathie George.

With batik, wax is used as a resist—and if you’ve ever used masking fluid on watercolor paper, you understand how a resist works. The wax blocks the areas that
aren’t intended to receive paint. The materials Kathie uses are rice paper, watercolor and melted paraffin wax. This process isn’t an exact science, so be prepared for mistakes such as unintentional drips of wax and oozing color. Believe it or not, these accidents actually add to the look of the piece.   View batik tutorial here.

Kathie George and this painting were featured in Splash 11 - New Directions: The Best of Watercolor  which showcases the finest watercolor paintings being created today.