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Watercolors

September 11, 2012 - 11:23 am 2 Comments

A couple of years ago I decided to learn to paint. Can I just say – learning new things is a blast! I started out with watercolor painting. I picked up some supplies on my own and then took a community class for beginners. It was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed learning basic techniques.

Anyway, I’ve decided to share some of my pictures. I have no illusions that I’m any good, but I have really enjoyed exploring my creative side. It’s so relaxing and invigorating.

This picture is the first one we did in class. One of my weaknesses in art is definitely composition. Just coming up with an idea of what to paint and where to put it on the page is a big step. In the class I took, she had us try a few stock pictures just to get comfortable with painting. Watercolors are a tricky medium to work with in my opinion. It’s hard to get used to how much or little water to use and how to blend the colors. In this painting I used a wet-on-wet technique for the sky. It’s where you get the paper wet first with a few brush strokes of water, and then with a wet brush you start adding color to the sky. I don’t think I did a very good job of blending the sky colors, but I did learn a lot about how colors look next to each other. For a sunset picture, putting the yellow, then the red or pink and then the blue (in that order) leads to a more realistic color scheme. Going straight from blue to yellow can lead to green when the colors mix on the paper. And green is definitely not a realistic sky color!

The rest of the pictures are just a collection of some of the paintings I’ve tried with watercolor and some things I learned while doing them.  You can click on the pictures and scroll through to see descriptions.  I hope this post encourages people to go out and try new things!  Art is so much fun! Go paint!!