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New watercolour paintings

Curly Petals Iris, watercolour

After a long winter when it was too cold to paint, and I spent my days crocheting and teaching a friend crazy patchwork at her place, I am painting again. I have missed it.

Two new watercolour works are now ready to mount. I am hoping to have an exhibition in a local gallery and am painting flowers and streetscapes to see where I’ll concentrate my efforts.

Watercolour on paper

These two cottages have been recently renovated and are across the road from this house in Rylstone. (That picture has sold.)

Rylstone dabee street cottages watercolour

Irises Everywhere

Last year our friend gave us iris rhyzomes for the garden and how beautiful they look in full bloom at the front doorsteps.

Close up view of the very first one to bloom.

Iris watercolour closeup

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Yellow Rose Watercolour Painting

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One of the failed attempts at the vase of roses was a great candidate for recycling.

I overworked it a bit, but in the half light at night time, the rose glows.

I love it.

Yellow Rose Watercolour Painting
Yellow Rose
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Roses from a friend – painted

My friend gave me a bunch of gorgeous roses from her garden a couple of months ago, and I immediately took pictures so I could paint them.

Roses from Marsha's garden in a crystal vase
Roses from Marsha’s garden in a crystal vase

Watercolour paints and paper at the ready

Several failed attempts later I was happy with this one, painted freehand with the brush as my pencil.

watercolour painting roses in crystal

 

Hate the light pink rose, love the rest of the painting

 

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Recycle watercolour paintings – Top 10 ways

Don’t throw your ‘failed’ watercolour paintings in the bin — recycle them!

Jan T’s top 10 ways to recycle watercolour paintings

There are many ways to recycle a painting that you are dissatisfied with, including:

  1. Tear it into pieces for collage.
  2. Alternatively, find an area you do like and crop it into a smaller painting.
  3. Glue painted rice paper to mask the poorly executed areas.
    Note the ragged edged pieces of tan, and lilac rice paper in the background on this recycled watercolour painting.

    Recycle watercolour paintings Doodlescape Mountains detail
    Doodlescape Mountains detail
  4. Paint over some parts with gouache. Although John Lovett does not paint gouache on his paintings for this reason, I was inspired to fix one of mine this way with white opaque watercolour paint, and then it sold.
  5. Paint over some/all of it with opaque paints.
  6. Draw/write with watercolour pens on top of the painting. This painting was also successfully recycled this way.
    Recycle watercolour paintings - Octopus garden detail
    Octopus garden detail
  7. Cut into smaller ‘paintings’ to glue to greeting card blanks.
  8.  Another technique to try is to journal on top with markers and use the piece in your art journal.
  9. Use the back to start over.
  10. Stencil over the parts you dislike with very diluted acrylic paint.

New art from discarded paintings

As a result of rescuing your binned artwork, you will be surprised how much you like the recycled watercolour paintings, and your friends will love receiving art on the cards you send.

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Watercolour Painting Techniques Require Frequent Practice

doodlescape in mixed media

When studying watercolour painting techniques, I kept hearing "Practise, practise, practise!"

Any discipline, be it physical or mental, involves practising. A marathon runner needs daily practice, so do artists. In order to get better at art, you can start your day in the studio with warm-up exercises, such as colour mixes or trying different brushes to discover their potential strokes.

I have been exploring palettes, water, pigments, paper, brushes, and reading many digital books on the subject. As well, I have watched several videos, and completed many online video courses on watercolour painting techniques.

Review and revise 

On the opposite side of my studio from where I paint,  I place practice pieces, beside works in progress. The distance helps me see 'errors' and decide which painting technique will fix these.

Which technique?

Techniques for painting with watercolour are numerous and, depending on the instructor's ideas, can be different from one book or video to the next.

Playing with watercolour is both exciting and frustrating!

Cabinet in studio

Some of my pieces

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Octopus Garden
Wet in wet layer, wet on dry layer, doodles with watercolour pens
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Look Beneath
Glazing, layers A5
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Primula
Negative painting, drips, A5
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Close Focus Rose
Layers, glazing 8in x 8in
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Pink Roses
Blending, wet on dry, wet on wet, spattering
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Doodlescape
Doodlescape wet-in-wet watercolour technique, A4
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water colour balls
Wet-in-wet watercolour technique, A5
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Daffodils
Daffodils in loose watercolour technique, A5
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Watercolour Painting Sold: Cudgegong Afternoon

Cudgegong-afternoon watercolour painting

I made Cudgegong Afternoon to put in the show in town. Although it took me several weeks to finish as I painted it in layers of very diluted pigments, I really enjoyed the process,

The new owners of Cudgegong Waters Park were so delighted that I consented to let them buy it, because they absolutely loved it.

Please enjoy it.

Update: Veronica called in to show me the framed painting. It looks spectacular!

Watercolour Painting Sold

Cudgegong Afternoon

Arches™ cold pressed paper, A2, watercolour tube paints from Art Spectrum (an Aussie company).

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Roses are red, or apricot

rose-close-up

I painted a watercolour close focus picture of a beautiful rose from my friend’s garden, and presented it to her for Christmas.

Loved doing all the glazing in this one. 8in x 8in Fabiano cold pressed paper and Art Spectrum paints.

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More artwork

Look Beneath

Watercolour is my current obsession!
I am discovering the joys of using some delicious Australian watercolours. Made by Art Spectrum, they are so juicy and vibrant.
Primoses is on A4 Stonehenge watercolour paper

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Look Beneath is 15cm x 20cm approx, and on Arches 300gsm cold pressed paper.

Look Beneath
Look Beneath