Nancy Boran - talks beautifully abaout the art of painting
Composition tip – paint every corner of the painting differently and you will probably have an interesting painting.
June 15th 2020
I discovered these titbits this morning !
Brenda Swenson. “It’s a dance between you, the paint and the surface moisture on the paper, stepping into or pulling back. Watercolor requires you to stay awake and respond to what’s happening on the surface. Never turn your back while the paper is wet. I once heard someone say, ”Oil is like a dog, it wants to obey. Watercolor is like a cat, it does as it pleases”. I couldn’t agree more!
Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.’
The painting on the right shows a stunning example of negative painting.
There’s More to Drawing Than Meets The Eye
by Jarvis Brookfield
those who think they aren’t creative or believe they can’t draw, sadly, often avoid it. The truth, however, is that drawing is awaiting anyone who can make a mark on a surface
“Think like a turtle, paint like a rabbit.” ~Sergei Bongart
Drawing is the artist’s most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his or her true personality.’
Thomas Schaller - Brilliant Video
Thomas has a fantastic style of painting-This is a ‘FREE’ plug/taster for his video ‘The Power Of Design’ in this video he gives an insight into many aspects of watercolour painting, from composition to colour to materials. At around 52 mins he shows you his palette of colours which he dascribes as sediment based pigments as opposed to staining.
Plein Air Podcasts
Eric Rhode’s magazine Outdoor Painter is fantastic , and weekly releases podcasts with enthusiastic artists and marketing .
This Podcast is with Daniel Sprick he paints oils but its the same principles.
This is a great video from the ‘color your life’ series, Brienne talks and shows how to make an initial loose wash over the whole painting, leaving just the whites.
Ultra Marine Blue
What’s the difference between ultarmarine blue and french ultramarine blue?
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Jacksons Article by Artist Tonya Lee
Wondeful article from a brilliant artist, that appeared in American Watercolor
Charles Reid – passed away on the 1st of June, one of my top three favourite inspirational artists, watercolour hero and tutour.
Keep Your Watercolors Fresh and Loose.
Nice interesting article,
Mick McAndrews explains how planning and experience make freedom possible.
Nice short article on Colour Studies from AWW
Heaven & Earth – Joseph explains his technique. in – American Watercolor Weekly
Joseph’s Podcast –
Phil Davies -Art Tutor
Phil Davies at Art Tutor says:
” With absolute certainty,
- No one is born with an amazing artistic ability.
- Anyone can develop an amazing artistic ability.
- Yes, it takes some practice.
- But not years’ worth. Not hundred of hours either.
- The only reason so many amateur artists go round and round in circles, never seeing much improvement in their artwork, is because they are doing the same things again & again and expecting different results.”
JZ - 7 tips
Hi everybody, I had forgotten how tricky watercolour painting is until i tried teaching it, hang in there we are making good progress , you begin to see nice bits among the not so nice bits and they will become more and more regular as you learn to control the paint and water consistencies, below are the links to Joseph Zbukvicz demonstration in 3 parts, quite long but very well filmed, you will hear him say its a 50 year apprenticeship! a slight exageration but i get his point. Look forward to seeing you all wednesday.