I painted this watercolor on a gray day in Sausalito, California. We look out over Richardson bay, which leads into San Fracisco bay. I love the neutral tones of the sky and land on days like this. As you can see, I took a lot of artistic license to make the watercolor more appealing. I wanted to show what one can do with a little imagination. I used only two colors, French ultramarine and quanacridone burnt orange. I did add a little white gouache for texture in the dark landscape area. The inspiration was from this photo below taken from my deck.
I'm always on a quest to find unique ways to create textures in my paintings and techniques that help to create abstract landscapes in watercolors. After some experimentation, here is a short Youtube video on my experiments in using nature's templates to create interesting textures in watercolors. Explore ways to use these templates to create abstract watercolor landscapes. I hope you find this useful and would love to hear your comments.
I created this Youtube video on how to paint a simple sunset. I thought by simplifying the composition it would help watercolorist at the beginner level to paint along with me and learn how to mix colors to create a glowing effect. Hope you enjoy it.
I just published my sixth watercolor course. This one was by far the most popular with more than fifty signups the first day. I hit on a niche that seems to be popular - Abstract Landscapes In Watercolor. I have an introductory 25% off for this week if anyone is interested in doing the course - just click on the title in the text.
My latest YouTube video covers using neutrals in watercolor and painting abstracts. I was surprised at the number of visits it received. Made me realize I need to create a course in abstract painting. I also shared my latest brush purchases. I painted this particular abstract using very watered down mixtures of Payne's grey, and indigo mixed with burnt sienna.I used a little salt in the bottom left area and the darks were made by using black indian ink, which always creates an interesting result when the watercolor repels the ink. It flares out in all directions. For the fine white lines I used a white fine jelly roll pen.
Spending my time off this week painting. Thought I would try something different and see if I can create a decent abstract. Much more difficult than painting an object or scene. I used watercolor, india ink, watercolor pencil and gold goauch pigment. Size 11" x 15".
I love experimenting with textures. Have some old netting that I bought for this purpose. It worked out quite well in this piece. Also added a few scrapes with a sharp knife to create more texture.
Using just Payne's grey and an acrylic ink I experimented with color and texture in an attempt to create an abstract landscape. I was pleased with the end result. My first painting of 2017.
I haven't painted in a while because I was too busy creating how-to courses. Decided today was time to paint again. It was great getting back in the painting groove and doing something really loose and semi-abstract. I am working on being more abstract with my landscapes. I always admire the work of artists who paint interesting abstract landscapes - something I wish I was better at. Well, it makes life interesting when you make your craft a continual learning experience.
My latest Youtube video on how to paint reflections on water. I do a different demonstration every two weeks, so if anyone is interested, please subscribe to my Youtube channel to be notified when new videos are uploaded. I had fun doing this. I used my favorite Saunders Waterford cold pressed paper and just three colors, raw sienna, burnt sienna and Paynes grey.