I like to simplify my paintings and nearly always work wet-in-wet. I like the soft look it creates. I live in the seaside town of Sausalito CA, and the surrounding landscapes are an endless inspiration for my watercolors. We have the bay on one side and the mountains on the other - not to mention the redwood forests and nearby marshes. I am inspired by all of this, but at the same time like to put my own interpretation on what I see, sometimes changing the colors and other times using materials to stretch the boundaries of my watercolors.
I paint most of my watercolors from imagination but I am influenced by the landscape around me. Every afternoon I take my dogs for a walk on the trail above where I live in Sausalito CA. Everything is already starting to turn brown even though we are not into Fall yet. I guess this is what I had in mind when painting this watercolor. Couldn't think up a better title so I'd love to hear some better suggestions.
I went out of my comfort zone to see if I could pull off painting a sunflower wet-in-wet. I probably chose one of the most difficult flowers to paint in this style. I filmed the process and have posted it on my Youtube channel for anyone who is interested. The colors I used were, winsor yellow, new gamboge, perylene green, perylen violet and a little transparent pyrrole orange - all Daniel Smith colors except for the winsor yellow. I enjoyed the experience and think I will continue practicing florals wet-in-wet.
Another wet-in-wet watercolor inspired by World Watercolor Month. I love to paint the marshes in different lights. I used only three colors for this watercolor, raw sienna, burnt sienna and neutral tint. I find the neutral tint mixed with burnt sienna makes a lovely rich dark.
Working on my wet-in-wet skills and trying to loosen up and create more of an abstract landscape. I quite liked the effect of this one. I actually used neutral tint and raw sienna for the sky and raw sienna, indigo and burnt umber for the land area. It's World Watercolor Month this month so I feel compelled to paint more watercolors to celebrate.
I'm doing a series on Youtube about color choices for beginners. Last week's video was about the reds I use. I did a demonstration on painting a sunset with a few different reds. It wasn't intended for it to be a finished painting, but I liked how it was going, so I finished it up off camera and posted it on my web site.
I am in the process of creating a new video course on how to paint dramatic skies. This is the painting that I am demonstrating. I am quite pleased with how it came out. I was going to add some distant trees on the right but decided against it at the last minute. Still not sure if that was the right decision. Would love some opinions on this.
Painted this quick demo as part of my latest Youtube video on watercolor choices for beginners. Anyone interested can find the video at at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeoS4QBSfWc
I've been doing a series of videos on Youtube on how to create textures in watercolor. This is #4 in the series. To watch the others go to my Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDD3LH45Pom4Ivx4OmugxTQ?view_as=subscriber and be sure to subscribe so you don't miss future how-to demonstrations. Enjoy!
I've created this free short video on my Teachable page for anyone who wants to learn how to paint mist in watercolors - even if you are a beginner. It's very easy to follow using a technique I learned many years ago. Signup and enjoy at http://watercolor-painting.teachable.com/courses/painting-mist-in-watercolors
Here is what one of my students, Michael Mitchel produced using the same colors I did but getting completely different results. I love how each artist has their own interpretation of a subject and how their own style shines through.