Just add Water!

I’ve been playing around more with my water colors. I’m trying different looks to skies, ground and water. Just the basic things. Easier said than done.

We have not been able to get away during the summer, due to my injury and other factors. So I guess my summer getaway is painting. Images of places I would like to be. I’m reading watercolor books, and visiting watercolor blogs.

I tend to forget that I need the white of the paper left, at least some of it! So that is what I’ve been concentrating on.


This was painted with the wet on wet technique. I should have used thicker paper or taped it down to prevent the buckling when it dried.


I was playing around with trees and everything else was an afterthought.


A chickadee on thistles

Again, I think less would have been more, the background was added. I should have left it out. I was going for a blurry background, but……


Oops, overworked, I just kept going, I knew it was trash, ha


A water bird, working on shadows and the sky

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"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... it's about learning how to dance in the rain."


  1. Very nice, love the last one!

  2. I think you are doing great. Even if you make something you're not happy with... it's all practice... and practice is the key!

    A few things you might want to try:

    1. Masking fluid to save the white areas but allow you to paint over them instead of having to carefully paint around them.

    2. Add just a touch (tiny touch) of red or deep orange to your greens to take that "raw" look off. Red is the complement (opposite on the color wheel) of green so adding just a touch "grays" it down a little and gives you a more natural green color. Anytime you want to reduce a color's intensity, just add a touch of its complement.


  3. Your watercolors are so cool! I love the reflexion of the trees in the water

  4. I am impressed. You definitely have talent! I'm going to be working on my pencil sketches today (and daily, I hope). I'll get to painting eventually. I love the trees and water. Really good!


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