Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Focus on Watercolor Practice


This blog was started shortly after I decided to learn to draw. Though I've been able to do simple line drawings since I was a child, I avoided anything complicated. To me that included shading an object or more than one object at a time. While at it, I started playing with watercolor.

Now that I'm more comfortable with drawing, it's time to focus on watercolor. This past year I've learned the names of the colors. Vermilion is the red one and viridian is the green one. I've also become familiar with some of the characteristics of the watercolors and how to mix them. The ratio of paint and water and handling my brushes and paper is a major obstacle, but I'm improving. Understanding and showing good values is next.

The few books I have on watercolor seemed overwhelming, though slowly the technical advice from the books and from the internet began to sink in. Last week I obtained Getting Started, a book by John Lovett, and suddenly the demos didn't seem beyond my reach.

The above practice does not match his demo, but it's a decent start. I'm looking forward to trying more of his demos, and I'll come back to this one for another try later.

I also obtained Painting Watercolors by Cathy Johnson, and I'm looking forward to working my way through her examples.

4 comments:

Teri C said...

This is a lovely piece and I'm sure you will enjoy your watercolors and know that they are addicting. I speak from experieince when I say, 'don't expect every painting to be great'. When one of mine doesn't work out, I call it practice.

josé louro said...

Good luck with the watercolor.

caseytoussaint said...

It looks to me like you're off to a really good start.

Planet Janet said...

I like John Lovett too. I have a couple of his DVD's, one is 10 minutes and the other is 30, and I paint along with him as he explains how to do it.

I too have a suggestion: don't get too sidetracked by too many books. I would have been better off just sticking with one good teacher (like Lovett) and practicing a lot with him. I got so overwhelmed with approaches and advice that I was intimidated.

Good luck! You're a very good watercolor painter already.