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Learning watercolor: apples and leaves

Doing some paintings or artistic projects doesn’t take much: 2 hours a week and a small investment in art materials. This small investment is never wasted, and it gives back lots of pleasure. Some people start to realize they have this other artistic side which they never knew about before. Discoveries, amazing ideas and new skills are the added bonuses. It’s also the wonderful atmosphere in the classroom which really helps make this all happen.

Some tips for those who are starting out on their own:

The worst habit is to simply brush around like painting a wall. Application of paint moving it back and force works neither with watercolor, nor acrylic.

Put the color you want where you want it and leave it alone. Brushing the paint around mixes it up with paint on other wet spots and the result is evenly muddy color all over the paper or canvas. There are no more darks or lights, and the drawing or outline gets lost.

Stop painting when you want to say: I don’t know what I’m doing! Step back, have a look at what you have done so far and make a decision where you would like to go from there.

Do not try to create the final details with the first brushstrokes. Imagine the scene or object you are working on as something consisting of multiple layers. Cover one layer at a time moving from back to front.

When starting to work on a new painting, drawing or sketch, relax, empty and clean up your mind and allow the work happen instead of pushing and tightening up yourself. It is your artwork and you are the only one who decides where and how it will be developed. The last thing one needs is to be worried about possible mistakes. If mistake happens, correct it which is almost always possible. If it cannot be corrected, start a new image, sketch or drawing. It’s not a big deal, and it allows to treat any artwork with freedom.

I accidentally deleted some images of teens watercolor class paintings because we already moved to the blue house painting, but I still have some of late fall scenery views.

Fall scene: watercolor painting by teen class

Autumn stream

Teen class watercolor paintings; fall

Flowing water and autumnal trees

Fall scene: watercolor class for teens

The adult watercolor group is busy with apples and leaves. We are learning how to allow paint and water do half of the job.

Learning watercolor: apples and leaves

Apples are great for practicing watercolor washes, so are leaves.

Learning to paint with watercolor: apples and leaves

Wonderful colors

Acrylic painting: teen group hibiscus bloom

Some of Thursday class were still working on hibiscus blooms.

Acrylic paintings of hibiscus blooms done by our teen girls

We are moving to winter scenery next week.

Wednesday acrylic painting class for adults: winter scene

The first part of painting looks good

Amazing group with huge devotion to art

The most stable group is the Wednesday group at the moment. They don’t look for excuses, but get the job done. This is still just the first part of painting, but it looks amazing already. We were practicing coniferous trees. It is easy, it is fun, and everybody gets great results following some simple steps. I can bet these are going to be extremely nice paintings, worth giving somebody as a gift.

I hope some more people join us for the last classes of this year as we do poinsettia and winter scenes.

18 Comments Post a comment
  1. I had planned on visiting and you beat me to it. =)

    You make it sound so easy ha ha. Those rocks in the third piece are amazing, the fullness of contour. Painting looks 3D. Thank you so much for the lovely support. I appreciate your time. Diana

    November 23, 2013
    • Thanks Diana! It is not difficult, indeed! We sometimes tend to think that anything is associated with challenges and problems and so on. I am trying to convince any potential artist that the most natural creative state is the relaxed one. I cannot recall which was the 3rd, but that probably was the demo. Thanks for stopping by!

      November 23, 2013
      • “the most natural creative state is the relaxed one.”

        I like that. Makes sense. Night!

        November 23, 2013
      • Thanks! I think it does. Good night!

        November 23, 2013
  2. Lovely and your words are so encouraging. Thank you!

    November 23, 2013
    • Thanks Debby! I’m trying to promote involvement in arts as much as I can. I’m happy some people have turned to doing art just because they were seeing on this blog what others had created.

      November 23, 2013
  3. Inese, that is a supper post and no doubt will encourage many to paint… Love the freshness of the colours as you said we don’t paint a wall… I also learnt a lesson from the calm approach you recommend here after all we only paint a nice picture. Like the concept you clarify when to stop which is so common problem many ask about and suffer with.

    November 23, 2013
    • Thanks! I am giving these tips based on my observations during classes. Painting is an instant decision making, and we obviously won’t be getting any results when we don’t know what we are doing. I’m also advising to think about this: what’s the worst to happen if you paint some stuff wrong? You may need more paint, more time, more paper or another canvas. That’s all. Nothing really scary. We also shouldn’t expect any exercise painting to turn into a masterwork of the century. If we don’t expect that, that actually might sometimes happen. The most important thing is to do, to try and not to give up because of small issues. Good luck with your art!

      November 23, 2013
      • Thanks i agree and I think it is the main fear of people to make something which is not as good, the fear of failure.. Failure of what? you can do it again you can do it diffrently you can even accept it as it is who said that others better… I think that appear in all life department and I think it should not. At least here if you practice and do it few times you even get better. Good to talk to you I think it is all about building people confidence.

        November 23, 2013
      • Exactly. So much agree with your opinion. Well, confidence is something one has to build. Fear of failure is probably stopping many people from doing some stuff, and they should learn from kids: just jump in. Especially with things like painting. Enjoy and keep trying. I am treating every painting more like an experiment: I am curious to see what I can do with some image, object, color, texture, value, composition, etc. Thanks for your great comments! I hope your exhibition is running smoothly!

        November 23, 2013
      • Thanks Inese sorry was away from the computer. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your messages too.

        November 27, 2013
      • Thanks! Canadian Thanksgiving was actually a while ago. It’s nice you dropped a line. Everything the best to you, too!

        November 27, 2013
  4. Your tips are spot on, and not just for those new to painting. I think they are things we all need to remember. I know that I rush to the detail far too quickly.

    November 24, 2013
    • Thanks Anne! I’m glad I reminded about some useful approaches. I think rushing into detail too quickly is driven by our natural desire to see the beauty of the art we are creating unfolding right away. This sometimes requires to undo parts which have been detailed out already in the first layers. It’s tricky with watercolor, and we have to return to the initial layers in acrylic. This simply means more work.

      November 24, 2013
      • Yes, I love to get to the details. But I think, for me, a part of the rush is to get on with the next thing. So much of life is done at a rush. I need to remember to take time with each step, and enjoy the creativity in each part.

        November 25, 2013
      • Well, Anne, you are not alone. I suppose, everybody who has ever been doing some painting could say at some paint they were rushing. It’s our human nature. However, I am recently really taking time with some steps, especially when there’s no deadline for that work.

        November 25, 2013
  5. For me the difficulty is in believing I need to find time to “treat” myself to these types of projects. Wish I could clone myself?

    November 25, 2013
    • These projects definitely take some time. It’s actually easy to cut out some time spending less of it on the Internet, phone and TV. We all are feeling that we’re missing out on something since we didn’t check out one or another thing, however, it’s simply making priorities.

      November 25, 2013

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