How I Compose a Watercolour Painting

There are times when I feel like painting a particular scene but I don’t have any reference to work from. Resources on the web allow me a great deal of material to built the scene I desire.

Find three subjects…

Find a suitable background

In this example, I wanted to paint 3 red-wing black birds.
I found them in various locations on Pinterest.

The next step is to close crop them to eliminate their backgrounds.
This way I can move them individually.

Combine the two together

Next I combined the 3 birds with the bull rushes. I moved them around to find

the right balance. I also enlarged reduced them to be sure they were a pretty good match.

Lighting was also important to get consistent. Any lighting issue

I encounter can be adjusted in the painting stage.

Apply masking fluid

Masking fluid, also referred to as liquid frisket, is a latex-based medium

used to block out small areas and fine lines where you want to prevent
pigment absorption on your watercolour paper. I
t allows you to paint right through the drawing without stopping.

As mentioned in the step above the masking fluid allows you to
apply your background without stopping. In this case is the birds and bullrushes.

Once the background dries you rub off the masking fluid with your finger
or special eraser. Now all you have to do is paint in the rest.

Come to a watercolour class as I’ll help you with all my tips and techniques.

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A Painting Zone a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Get your creative zone

As we age we take on numerous conditions that have a tendency to slow us down. Some are more debilitating than others. When I turned 30, at my yearly physical my doctor told me that 30 was the age that we start to fall apart. Funny at the time, is a reality today. Many of the people I know are dealing with numerous conditions big and small.

Myself, eGet your creative zonessential tremor is an irritant. Eye issues are also a grief to bear. Among my friends and peers, mental issues are a large weight to bare. Art therapy is a solution that can relieve much of the symptoms. I’ve noticed when I paint any trembling in my right hand ceases. Mental illnesses are a result of anxieties and stressors in life. Painting can be seen as a form of meditation. As my students put it, They are at peace when their mind is in the zone. Your zone is a result of the atmosphere you create to produce your art.

Your Zone is the Medicine you take to assist what ails you and the good news is that it’s addictive in the best of ways.

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