Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Learning to paint with watercolours

I recently got some watercolours for my birthday as wanted to learn how to paint with them. I always like to challenge myself to do something new so I have been watching a Frank Clarke DVD that I got from the library and have been aiming to paint a picture every night. Here are my first attempts:



this is a study of an autumnal tree that I completed tonight..quite like the tree trunk



this one is done using just burnt umber paint I love the way the rocks turned out



I like the tree on this one which was my 2nd attempt at a landscape.


These paintings take me less than an hour to do and I prefer painting to sitting down in front of the tv after a long day with my sons who are off school this week.


13 comments:

artistamyjo said...

Your a natural with the watercolors,lovely!
Hugs

Sandy said...

Wow Lorriane your watercolor work is amazing. Love them all.

Heavens2Betsy said...

WOW Lorraine. These are just amazing! Lovely to see your ventures into watercolouring - they are REALLY good. And it's hard. I know, I've tried! pen x

Diane said...

Ahh--these are wonderful--keep going!!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

No lesrnogn needed here Lorraine, these are brilliant! xox Corrine

Yvonne said...

Nice work!

Lynn said...

Well, if those are your first attempts I can't wait to see what you turn out with a bit of practice. They are great

Sam said...

Stunning for first attempts! You are obviously a natural! Love the burnt umber one it has a great atmosphere.

Sam said...

Hi Lorraine, thanks for your comments on my prints. Its taken a while for me to be confident enough to move forward with them! The mat cutter is a Logan compact cutter model 301-s. The best price I found and where I ordered it from (really fast delivery) was www.artsupplies.co.uk. It was originally £154 on sale for £95, free postage if you spend over £100 so I added a couple packs of blades to the order. It seems a lot of money but it took me 3 hrs to cut 3 mounts with the little bevel cutter I had and I messed them all up! I did all 18 mounts in two hrs with this one and all of them were perfect! Worth the money just for the time and stress saved! x

Itaya Art said...

Very beautiful paintings! Can't believe you haven't painted with watercolors before. Have you tried watercolor pencils? I got some Inktense ones for last year's Christmas and really love them. Might put some on your wish list to play with. :)

Bluebell Woods said...

watercolour is a challenge the paint and water do what they want. At some point we get to control it just a bit but the paint and water come up with some amazing things. You have done very well here, have you done watercolour before? I need to get back to it, I have probably forgotten all I learned and that wasn't much.........I will be back and looking forwards to seeing more.
Janice

Cath Wilson said...

Wow! Can't believe you're a novice - these are great :-) I love trees, so you've chosen subjects close to my heart. Lovely, lovely work x

Becca said...

What a talent! I love to use watercolor, but can't paint like this! enjoy!