Are you looking to improve your
watercolour painting techniques and skills, If so let me recommend a number of
ways in which you could go about doing just that.
There a quite a number of
watercolour painting books,
video's and CD's available in libraries these days that offer the same benefits
and instructional level as attending a professional art academy or other similar training institution.
The watercolour painting books I've come across have simple step-by-step instructions
and projects which you work on at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.
The main aim of these books is to provide you with quality self-study techniques
in which ever medium you choose to study in, whether it be oil painting techniques, watercolour painting, and/or acrylic painting.
Some of the courses and/or projects
done through a college at the same level would cost a small fortune doing them
using the above means could be done at a fraction of the cost, all it needs is
some level of dedication on your part.
Another option available to most people
now "if they are computer literate" is the online services. if you have access
to the internet the world is your oyster. All the guidance and instructional
projects you need are at your fingertips and at no other cost than the price of
your broadband or other internet service.
I taught my self how to draw and paint
many years ago but I learned much more by reading books and following
instructional painting programmes. I like everyone, will never know all there is
to know, there is always something new out there.
To paint a landscape or seascape in
watercolour is both relaxing and rewarding. If you can let your imagination
flow you should find painting in watercolour a great hobby. Something continues
to draw me to watercolour over that of other mediums like acrylic or oil I think
its because of the varied ways you can apply it. When watercolour painting I myself love to use the
wet-in-wet technique, I love to watch the colours flow and merge in to varying
degrees of colour.
I think by starting out by painting
simple land and seascapes helps to get you used to distance and perspective and
uses the different techniques of applying watercolour.
You can learn to paint a landscape or seascape on the many hot, cold or rough
pressed watercolour papers that are available today to see the various finishes
that can be achieved. If you are just starting watercolour painting I always suggest practicing your techniques first on an inexpensive
watercolour paper and move on to finer quality hand made papers as you improve.
By practicing first on the side
of the paper allows you to test the colour strength then if you are happy apply it to the finished piece.
As you become more confident you may be satisfied without practicing. Remember
to keep your watercolour paintings simple at first and keep a reduced pallet, too many colour
will just confuse a novice. And remember painting is about relaxation and what makes you feel good,
Here are some of my examples of simple
land and seascapes using only a limited pallet. I hope they inspire you to have
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