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The Art of Watercolor Painting

"After a thousand watercolors you will find you have fallen in love with paper and paint." Rex Brandt

I am intrigued by watercolor−it's the paint used in middle school art classes because it tends to make the least amount of mess but it's also the paint that can produce stunning and rich landscapes and skylines. In The Art of Watercolor Painting, the fundamental materials and techniques used in watercolor are explained before the book breaks into instruction on painting seascapes & sunsets, landscapes, animals, and chinese brush. 

Here's a sample instruction from the portion on "Rendering the Coastline."


Artist Thomas Needham describes his approach for the following painting.

"I improved the mood of the day by using warmer colors and changed the color of the swimwear to add contrast and interest to the painting. I painted wave by wave, layer by layer, section by section. As such, this painting requires lots of masking and patience."

Images excerpted from The Art of Watercolor Painting

Which scene would you paint with watercolor?

Olivia Bartz

Olivia is the Marketing Intern for Quarto Publishing Group USA and is excited to graduate from UC Irvine this June with a B.A. in English. She is happiest when reading a good book or writing about her adventures abroad, and continues to be inspired by all things outdoors. Olivia loves to try out new art mediums and techniques but has yet to be disappointed by a pencil and sketchpad.   

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