Watercolor Painting

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Mastering the fundamentals and various approaches to watercolor art is challenging and rewarding. You’ll learn about watercolor painting techniques for landscapes and portraits and more, in online galleries, step-by-step tutorials and creative challenges. Enjoy learning how to paint with watercolors!

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Have you been following along with our weekly Drawing Together series on YouTube? This week we focused on details and subtle edges of a still life drawing. Join artist Scott Maier, every Wednesday at 3PM EST. This series is designed to provide useful drawing tips for beginners and artists of all levels to learn how to draw in charcoal, graphite, chalk, and more!

Pitcher This! | Still Life Drawing

Have you been following along with our weekly Drawing Together series on YouTube? This week we focused on details and subtle edges of a still life drawing. Join artist Scott Maier, every Wednesday at 3PM EST. This series is designed to provide useful drawing tips for beginners and artists of all levels to learn how to draw in charcoal, graphite, chalk, and more!

TRUE or FALSE? In watercolor, the power of what’s NOT painted is at least as important as the power of what is. -- Join us as Thomas Schaller walks us through how he creates a path of light in this new blog post. Watercolor Paintings, Watercolor Painting Techniques, Watercolour Tutorials, Watercolor Artists, Medium Art, Abandoned, Paths, Cabin, Basic Shapes

Creating a Path of Light with Thomas W. Schaller: A Demo

TRUE or FALSE? In watercolor, the power of what’s NOT painted is at least as important as the power of what is. -- Join us as Thomas Schaller walks us through how he creates a path of light in this new blog post.

What an incredible example of the ordinary becoming extraordinary! David Morrison's meticulously rendered colored pencil drawings isolates small pieces of the natural world against fields of pristine white space - the combination is perfection. Let us know, what do you think? Don't miss the conversation with Drawing magazine and Morrison as he shares insights on selecting subjects, incorporating photography into his process, and working in colored pencil. Drawing Skills, Drawing Techniques, Drawing Tips, Drawing Drawing, Drawing Tutorials, Drawing Ideas, Branch Drawing, Colored Pencil Techniques, Coloured Pencils

Nests and Branches: Drawing Nature's Details

What an incredible example of the ordinary becoming extraordinary! David Morrison's meticulously rendered colored pencil drawings isolates small pieces of the natural world against fields of pristine white space - the combination is perfection. Let us know, what do you think? Don't miss the conversation with Drawing magazine and Morrison as he shares insights on selecting subjects, incorporating photography into his process, and working in colored pencil.

“Any time I open up a sketchbook, it takes me right back to where I was when I was sketching,” he says. “It sparks memories and the feeling of where I was and what I was doing.” With on-site sketches and reference photos as his foundation, Jerry Smith works from his studio to create an authentic sense of being there. Dive into Jerry's sketchbook and take a step-by-step demo in this blog post. Zen Painting, Abstract Painting Techniques, Abstract Art, Painting Tips, Watercolor Artists, Watercolor Landscape, Watercolor Paintings, Face Proportions, Drawing Heads

Journey Far, Paint in the Studio: A Demo

“Any time I open up a sketchbook, it takes me right back to where I was when I was sketching,” he says. “It sparks memories and the feeling of where I was and what I was doing.” With on-site sketches and reference photos as his foundation, Jerry Smith works from his studio to create an authentic sense of being there. Dive into Jerry's sketchbook and take a step-by-step demo in this blog post.

One glance at a hazy cityscape painted by Nadine Charlsen, and you might instantly imagine the feel of mist on your face. Here, you’ll learn about her rule-breaking techniques and her step-by-step process for painting dark to light in watercolor. Watercolor Painting Techniques, Watercolor Paintings, Watercolors, White Gouache, Urban Landscape, Online Gallery, Art Techniques

Watercolor Painting Dark to Light: A Demo

One glance at a hazy cityscape painted by Nadine Charlsen, and you might instantly imagine the feel of mist on your face. Here, you’ll learn about her rule-breaking techniques and her step-by-step process for painting dark to light in watercolor.

✨ In this demo, learn how Olga Litvinenko balances lights and darks, looseness and detail to paint glowing cityscapes in watercolor that express her love of urban life. Pictured here: "Lights of St. Petersburg" (watercolor on paper, 16×24) by Olga Litvinenko #Watercolor #WatercolorArtist #WatercolorPainting #Cityscapes #WatercolorCityscapes #ArtistsOnInstagram #ArtistsOfInstagram #ArtistsNetwork #ArtistsAtHeart #ArtIsLife #ArtLovers Zen Painting, Abstract Painting Techniques, Watercolor Paintings For Beginners, Acrylic Painting Tips, Watercolor Artists, Large Painting, Artist Painting, Watercolor Tips, Abstract Art

Painting Cityscapes That Glow: A Demo

✨ In this demo, learn how Olga Litvinenko balances lights and darks, looseness and detail to paint glowing cityscapes in watercolor that express her love of urban life. Pictured here: "Lights of St. Petersburg" (watercolor on paper, 16×24) by Olga Litvinenko #Watercolor #WatercolorArtist #WatercolorPainting #Cityscapes #WatercolorCityscapes #ArtistsOnInstagram #ArtistsOfInstagram #ArtistsNetwork #ArtistsAtHeart #ArtIsLife #ArtLovers

✨ Artist and gender equality advocate Sandy Delehanty shares life-changing advice, as well as her paint-pouring technique for glowing transparent colors. Pictured here: "17 Mile Drive View" (watercolor on paper, 18×24) by Sandy Delehanty Values Education, Pastel Colour Palette, Drawing For Beginners, Winter Landscape, Learn To Paint, Landscape Paintings, Tree Paintings, Medium Art, Painting Techniques

Learn How This Artist Pours Herself — and Watercolors — Into Her Work

✨ Artist and gender equality advocate Sandy Delehanty shares life-changing advice, as well as her paint-pouring technique for glowing transparent colors. Pictured here: "17 Mile Drive View" (watercolor on paper, 18×24) by Sandy Delehanty

🎨 Looking for a way to break out of an artistic rut or explore your creativity to the fullest? Try a self-imposed, short-term art challenge! Pictured here: "Jack" (watercolor on paper, 7×5) by Kris Parins Easy Watercolor, Watercolor Animals, Watercolor Flowers, Watercolor Paintings, Watercolors, Oil Pastel Techniques, Art Techniques, Small Paintings, Large Painting

Art Challenge: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

🎨 Looking for a way to break out of an artistic rut or explore your creativity to the fullest? Try a self-imposed, short-term art challenge! Pictured here: "Jack" (watercolor on paper, 7×5) by Kris Parins

✨ Imagine a place where watercolor artists sketch on nearly every street corner, and all the buildings display works in watercolor from around the world. Well, it's a real thing. ✨ Learn more about this international meeting place for watercolor lovers around the world. Pictured here: "Still Standing – Havana" by Thomas W Schaller Landscape Drawings, Watercolor Landscape, Landscape Paintings, Watercolor Paintings, Watercolors, Watercolor Artists, Pastel Paintings, Watercolor Sketch, Landscapes

A World of Watercolor in One Town

✨ Imagine a place where watercolor artists sketch on nearly every street corner, and all the buildings display works in watercolor from around the world. Well, it's a real thing. ✨ Learn more about this international meeting place for watercolor lovers around the world. Pictured here: "Still Standing – Havana" by Thomas W Schaller

✨ In this helpful guide, Mario A. Robinson shares tried-and-true color combinations for painting skin tones on a monochromatic underpainting. Pictured here: "Torkwasé" (watercolor on paper, 18×24) by Mario A. Robinson Landscape Drawing Tutorial, Landscape Drawings, Landscapes, Watercolor Painting Techniques, Painting Process, Watercolour Painting, Watercolors, Pencil Shading Techniques, Art Techniques

Painting Light, Middle, and Dark Skin Tones: A Demo

✨ In this helpful guide, Mario A. Robinson shares tried-and-true color combinations for painting skin tones on a monochromatic underpainting. Pictured here: "Torkwasé" (watercolor on paper, 18×24) by Mario A. Robinson

✨ Take a look at the winning artists in this year's Watermedia Showcase competition! Pictured here: "Song of Hope, Faces of Dallas: (watercolor on paper, 60×48) by Watermedia Showcase Best of Show award winner Stephen Zhang. See his winning painting here. Watercolor Painting Techniques, Watercolor Artists, Watercolor Portraits, Watercolor Paintings, Art Competitions, Award Winner, Online Gallery, Figure Painting, Medium Art

8 Award-Winning Watercolor Artists

✨ Take a look at the winning artists in this year's Watermedia Showcase competition! Pictured here: "Song of Hope, Faces of Dallas: (watercolor on paper, 60×48) by Watermedia Showcase Best of Show award winner Stephen Zhang. See his winning painting here.

🔑 Unlock the secret to sparkling watercolors with these five keys to painting with the white of your paper. Pictured here: "Chinatown Morning Shoppers" (watercolor on paper, 15×22) by Ng Woon Lam Oil Painting Lessons, Watercolor Painting Techniques, Acrylic Painting For Beginners, Watercolor Artists, Watercolor Landscape, Watercolor Flowers, Watercolor Paintings, Watercolors, Pencil Shading Techniques

How to Leave White Space in Watercolor

🔑 Unlock the secret to sparkling watercolors with these five keys to painting with the white of your paper. Pictured here: "Chinatown Morning Shoppers" (watercolor on paper, 15×22) by Ng Woon Lam

Paint the ever-elusive atmosphere in a way that truly expresses your personal connection to a place and time. Here are 5 tips from Oliver J. Pyle. Pictured here: "Corfe Castle and Beyond" (watercolor, 20×28.5) by Oliver J. Pyle Watercolor Painting Techniques, Watercolor Paintings Abstract, Watercolor Trees, Watercolor Artists, Watercolor Portraits, Watercolor Landscape, Landscape Paintings, Encaustic Painting, Watercolor Pencils

5 Secrets to Painting Atmosphere in Landscapes You Need to Know

Paint the ever-elusive atmosphere in a way that truly expresses your personal connection to a place and time. Here are 5 tips from Oliver J. Pyle. Pictured here: "Corfe Castle and Beyond" (watercolor, 20×28.5) by Oliver J. Pyle

Angus McEwan, who believes a painting should work both from a distance and up close, skillfully uses composition and texture to draw in viewers. Read on to learn how to add texture to watercolor paintings, and more. Pictured here: "Poster Girl (watercolor on paper, 15×22)" by Angus McEwan Watercolor Texture, Texture Painting, Watercolor Paintings, Watercolors, Watercolor Painting Techniques, Artist Painting, Warm And Cool Colors, Italian Artist, Learn To Paint

How to Add Texture to Watercolor Paintings

Angus McEwan, who believes a painting should work both from a distance and up close, skillfully uses composition and texture to draw in viewers. Read on to learn how to add texture to watercolor paintings, and more. Pictured here: "Poster Girl (watercolor on paper, 15×22)" by Angus McEwan

Art Pen Pals Through Social Media | Watercolor painters David Lobenberg and Ibe Ananaba share their stories of connecting through portraiture and online friendship. Pictured here: "Study of Ibe Ananaba" (watercolor on paper, 15×11) by David Lobenberg (left) and "Study of David Lobenberg" (watercolor on paper, 15×11) by Ibe Ananaba (right) Watercolor Painting Techniques, Watercolor Paintings, Watercolour, Collaborative Mural, Online Friendship, Artist Life, Portrait Inspiration, Pen Pals, Funny Memes

Art Pen Pals Through Social Media

Art Pen Pals Through Social Media | Watercolor painters David Lobenberg and Ibe Ananaba share their stories of connecting through portraiture and online friendship. Pictured here: "Study of Ibe Ananaba" (watercolor on paper, 15×11) by David Lobenberg (left) and "Study of David Lobenberg" (watercolor on paper, 15×11) by Ibe Ananaba (right)

15th-century paper-makers in this Italian town invented a process that has freed every artist since to work differently on paper. Learn more about the site of a watercolor paper revolution here. Pictured here: "Procida Fishermen" (watercolor on Fabriano Artistico Rough paper) by Keiko Tanabe Watercolor Painting Techniques, Watercolor Paper, Watercolor Paintings, Watercolors, Sennelier Watercolor, Japanese Modern, Nautical Art, Meet The Artist, Medium Art

The Site of a Watercolor Paper Revolution

15th-century paper-makers in this Italian town invented a process that has freed every artist since to work differently on paper. Learn more about the site of a watercolor paper revolution here. Pictured here: "Procida Fishermen" (watercolor on Fabriano Artistico Rough paper) by Keiko Tanabe