Take your watercolor painting skills to the next level. You will paint along with Jacqueline as she shows how she paints several paintings from start to finish.
Composition, glazing, edge control, layering, adding darks, and self-critique is some of the watercolor techniques she will cover in this step-by-step painting workshop.
Included will be how to paint loose and how to fix problem areas. Each painting will start with a short “warm-up” exercise. This is a great workshop for beginner and advanced painters that want to improve their watercolor painting skills.
This DVD is a great gift for your watercolor artist!
WATERCOLOR TOOLBOX is the perfect DVD for the absolute watercolor beginner: how to set up your palette, all about brushes, paper, paints, and more!
DVD Beginner Watercolor Artist by Jacqueline Newbold. Explore techniques to get you started on your artistic journey, you will learn the correct way to set up a palette and care for your watercolor art supplies as well as a variety of basic watercolor techniques.
All your examples can be put into a file or journal creating a toolbox for future reference. This workshop is the perfect introduction to watercolor painting!
Anyone heading to a tropical paradise this summer? Are you taking your paints and watercolor palette? Chances are you may want to paint a palm tree. I made this video about how to paint a palm tree with watercolors. I use my watercolor paints and a sea sponge. Even if you are not traveling to a tropical island, this is a fun exercise for a summer day!
An inspiration for painting can come at any moment. I always take my camera with me. I never know what beauty will show up and inspire me to get my watercolor supplies out and paint. Lately, I have been having fun painting nature: birds, feathers, foxes, bunnies… on a recent hike and morel hunting mission, I am inspired to paint mushrooms! Today!
Where do you find inspiration for painting?
“Nature” is what we see—
The Hill—the Afternoon—
Squirrel—Eclipse— the Bumble bee—
Nay—Nature is Heaven—
Nature is what we hear—
The Bobolink—the Sea—
Nay—Nature is Harmony—
Nature is what we know—
Yet have no art to say—
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.
A stroll along the water, the rocky shore, sea life washed ashore is all inspiration for new watercolor paintings.
A day at the beach refreshes the soul! The sights, the exploring, the fresh air….
Evening On Calais Beach – Poem by William Wordsworth
IT is a beauteous evening, calm and free,
The holy time is quiet as a Nun
Breathless with adoration; the broad sun
Is sinking down in its tranquillity;
The gentleness of heaven broods o’er the sea:
Listen! the mighty Being is awake,
And doth with his eternal motion make
A sound like thunder–everlastingly.
Dear Child! dear Girl! that walkest with me here,
If thou appear untouch’d by solemn thought,
Thy nature is not therefore less divine:
Thou liest in Abraham’s bosom all the year;
And worshipp’st at the Temple’s inner shrine,
God being with thee when we know it not.
Location: My private Bend, Oregon art studio.
Each class will focus on different watercolor skills. $30 per class. Tuesdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
June 5, 12, 19, 2018
July 10, 17, 24, 2018
Please email me if you would like to sign up for classes!
Registration is now open. If you book now you will receive an early-bird discount. Experience the magic of Provence: cypresses and olive groves, scents of wild thyme and lavender, medieval villages perched on hilltops, and a countryside rich with bright, crimson-red poppies – all a feast for your senses.
Whitespace is a thing of beauty. When I first started painting, I was told to cover every square inch of the paper with paint. Now I realize that was not the best advice. Not placing color on every square inch of your paper leaves some places for things to sparkle—just like the sunlight! Your white paper is your “white paint” so you always want to save some light!
Wherever the paper is wet you can bet things are going to spread. Color will travel when the paper is wet, even slightly damp. Use this to your advantage! And learn when to stop. There comes a time when the paper has started to be drier than your brush. This is when it is time to set your brush down and go make yourself some tea 🙂
Even when a paper appears dry, it may be damp enough for colors to not stay put which can cause color to feather out. Paper that feels “cool” to the top of your index finger still has moisture in it, so if you want that color to stay exactly in its place, let the paper dry until it feels the same temp as areas that have not been wetted at all before applying color.
“Am I done?” “How do I know if I am done?” These are good questions that we all ask ourselves. The answer is “Are you happy with your painting?” Take a break, close your journal. Later, take a fresh look at your painting. Does it need a little something else? Is it lacking a “je ne sais quoi?” This is when I enhance my paintings with pen and ink. This adds dimension and compliments the watercolor. There are several ways to go about adding pen and ink to a painting. The drawing can be drawn first with ink and then painted over with washes of color. I prefer to paint my watercolor painting first then add my ink lines.
Take a close look at this painting from my watercolor art journal. You will see how I added pen and ink to the little French hilltop village. Would you like to come paint with me in Provence, France? I am teaching a watercolor painting and mixed-media workshop May 10-17, 2019! Registration is now open and the workshop is limited to 12 people. For more information, visit French Escape
Here are more examples of how I add pen and ink to painting in my journals:
In my last post, Watercolor Journaling, Part 1, I wrote, “It is all about timing and developing a feel for how much water is in the paint, on the brush, and on the paper. The water on the paper is continually drying as you are painting unless you are adding more and more water. Don’t do that! Try to add less and less water as the paint dries. See what happens!” I am hoping that you practiced this and are beginning to see how the relationship between the paper drying, the amount of water in your brush, and the amount of water in your watercolor paint. It is all so fun to play and discover the subtleties of watercolors!
More tips for watercolor journaling:
1. Continue to build up layers and layers of watercolor paint, letting each layer dry before painting the next. Another word for this is glazing. Applying a glaze on top of the same color darkens the value. The more glazes you add, the darker the value will become.
2.You can also glaze with a different color than what you started with. Play with glazing the same colors over each other or choose a different color.
3.Continue painting with glazes until you are done.
Example of glazing colors on top of each other
Hint: Don’t spend a lot of time fussing over the part you are glazing. This will start to dissolve the dried layers underneath and will cause the layers to mix, creating mud, instead of laying on top of each other.