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Watercolor Artists - How to Keep Up When You Are Away From Home

By Ellene Breedlove Davis

Recently my husband and I traveled to one of our favorite places - Loblolly Cove - and I didn't want to get behind with my artist work or my internet marketing work, so I worked out a plan to accomplish the tasks I needed to do.

As always, the pileated woodpecker greets us, it sits in a pine across the pond. It's always there and always greets us. Other wildlife that we see frequently are the black fox squirrel, the red head woodpecker as well as the water birds that come to the pond.

The point I want to make is that Loblolly Cove is down a long dirt road through the pines, finally coming to the pond and our place. Here there is no super-speed internet for the laptop, but since I don't want to get behind, I've brought the air card. If I am in a place where I have phone service, I can have the internet. So, this works wonderfully! I sit by my kitchen window and paint or write and watch the wildlife and movement in the water.

On this trip, I've included my watercolor painting supplies. It's easy to stretch the paper on gator board before I leave home, and pack the paints, brushes and other supplies in a small box that fits nicely in the van. I actually remembered to include the charts that I've made of the colors that I intend to use in the painting I want to get done.

Yesterday, I painted my landscape painting as the light is good, comes through the kitchen window and faces south, it's a good clear light, especially in the morning.

At night I was able to keep up with the internet marketing classes I'm taking.

Thanks to a little planning beforehand, I was able to paint a watercolor painting, keep up my assignments and really enjoy visiting with my artist friend who lives nearby.

Watercolor Paints - How to Be a Good Mixer

By Vanissa James Davis

To discover what colors you can make by mixing two or more watercolor paints you will need to experiment and record your results. There is no one best way. Whatever your method, you will learn how to obtain numerous colors from your limited palette of a dozen or so watercolor paints.

Here is a simple, systematic way to be a good mixer...

On a sheet of watercolor paper, squeeze out a tiny amount of a color and two or three inches below it squeeze out a like amount of any second color.
Then, using a brush and a minimum amount of water (so as not to over-dilute them), brush one of the colors to the half-way point between the two colors.
Wash out your brush.
Brush the opposite color to the half-way point and into the first color to obtain a mixture of the two in the center.
To extend your experiment further, dip your brush into some water (do not wash the brush out), and on one side of the center mixture lay one brush stroke, pick up more water again and gradually extend the mixture to create a series of tints approaching pure water (white).
Next squeeze out a bit of black and on the opposite side of the center mixture, gradually extend the mixture to create a series of darker and darker shades until approaching near black.

The image you will end up with resembles the shape of an X. Another words, you will have four sides. One side is one pure color extended to the center forming a mixture with the other pure color. And on either side of the center of this line, you will have one side with a series of tints diluting the mixture at the center with water. And the other side will be a series of shades by adding black to the center mixture.

You will not only see what the two colors through mixing will yield in the way of a third color, but you will discover how this third color will appear in a full range of values ranging from light tints to dark shades.

Repeat this exercise with pairs of the remaining watercolor paints in your palette.

Be sure to save the results and make a notation of the name of the colors that were used. It will serve as a reference to help you select the right watercolor paints to make a mixture of the color you wish to represent in your painting of a subject. That way you will know precisely how to mix them yourself.

Mixing watercolor paints can be as entertaining as it is informative. By a sort of magic you can create from a limited number of original hues a large number of new colors.

Watercolor Painting Techniques

By Ambrose Kildare

Watercolor painting can be scary and discouraging. But like anything else, it becomes easy once you know the proper techniques. In this article I will cover several techniques to make you more comfortable and more confident while watercolor painting.


The first technique is flat wash. This is the most basic watercolor technique. This is achieved by painting overlapping horizontal bands of pigment from top to bottom. A variation of the flat brush is the graded wash. This is done by diluting the paint a little for each band. This way the wash fades out gradually and evenly.


A similar technique to washes is glazing. The difference is that glazing uses thin, transparent paints. These are applies over the dried washes. The reason for this is to adjust the tone and color of the exiting washes. Just make sure that each layer is dry before applying the next layer.

Wet in Wet

This is just the process of applying paint to wet paper. Depending on how wet the surface is, the results will vary from soft, undefined shapes to slightly blurred shapes. This watercolor painting technique can be used over washes as long as they are completely dry. Just use a large brush to wet the paper then paint onto the dampness.

Dry Brush

Dry brush is a watercolor painting technique that is almost of the wet in wet technique. In this technique the brush is loaded with paint and not too much water. It is then dragged across the dry paper. This will produce sharp, crisp marks that will seem to come forward in your painting. Therefore, it is better to use this technique around your center of interest.

Lifting Off

This watercolor painting technique is simple- you just wet the area you want to remove with a brush and clean water. Then, blot the paint away with a paper towel. Try using strips of paper to mask off areas of paint, this will produce interesting hard lines and shapes.

Dropping Color

This is a very simple technique. It is simply the process of applying paint to the wet area and allowing it to bleed, feather and blend without interruption. The results can be unpredictable, but it produces vibrant and interesting colors that you can not achieve on your palette.

How to Watercolor Paint - Get the Basics

By Ambrose Kildare

Some people think that watercolor painting is one of the most difficult painting techniques to learn and master. However, like anything else, if you have the right tools and know the proper techniques, it becomes easier. First let's go over what you will need to get started.

You are going to need:

- Paint
- Paper
- Water
- Brushes
- Creativity

However, the most important thing you need is to know about watercolor painting techniques. The paint, paper, water and brushes are easy to obtain. The techniques you will have to learn and practice. So let's get started.

The first and most basic technique is flat wash. For this technique you'll need to wet the paper, and then apply the paint in horizontal bands which slightly overlap. When you're finished just let the wash dry, it will even itself out. The graded wash is a variation of this technique. For this technique, dilute the paint slightly with water for each horizontal band. The results will be bands that fade from dark to light.

Glazing is another technique that is similar to a wash. This technique uses a thinner, transparent paint that is applied over the dry wash. Just make certain that each layer is dry before applying the next layer.

The technique of wet in wet is basically the process of putting paint on wet paper. This results in soft, undefined shapes and marks, depending on how much water is on the paper. These soft shapes and marks are perfect for backgrounds.

The opposite of the wet in wet technique is the dry brush. In this technique you load the brush with paint and very little water, then drag the brush across completely dry paper. This forms crisp, hard edged shapes and marks, making this technique perfect to apply to your center of interest.

After it's dry, most watercolor paints can be dissolved and lifted. This brings us to the technique of "lifting off". This is very simple to do. Just wet the area you want to remove with clean water and a brush, then blot away with a paper towel.

The last technique is dropping the color. This is the process of simply dropping paint on a wet area and letting it bleed, feather and blend on its own. So, get the right tools, master these watercolor painting techniques and you'll be amazing you friends with your new found talent.


No architect troubled to design houses that suited people who were to live in them, because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses. It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical.
Michael Ende

Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.
Rem Koolhaas

Nothing requires the architect's care more than the due proportions of buildings.
Marcus V. Pollio

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty. They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been literally hewn out between the columns.
Arne Jacobsen

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.
Richard Meier

Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.
Arthur Erickson

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history.
Russell Lynes

The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams.
Robert A. M. Stern

The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines.
Saul Steinberg

The higher the building the lower the morals.
Noel Coward

The interior of the house personifies the private world; the exterior of it is part of the outside world.
Stephen Gardiner

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
Thomas Kempis

The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.
Harry Seidler

The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present.
Adolf Loos

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.
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