Watercolor Art: How to Techniques Painting & Landscapes

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, watercolor tutorials and creative challenges. Enjoy learning how to paint with watercolors!

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Splash 19 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 126 artists selected for North Light Books’ 2017 watercolor competition Splash 19: Illusion of Light! If you see your name below, please check your email for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject line “Splash 19 Winner Notification” no later than Friday, May 19th. SPLASH...

Watercolor painting tutorials: leaving white space. Art by Michael Reardon.

Painting Whites in Watercolor

Watercolor Painting Tutorials from the Pros — Leaving White Space Watercolor artist Michael Reardon loves “painting” passages of white in watercolor but as many of you likely realize, he doesn’t paint them at all. Reardon simply understands how to use the white of his surface to the best advantage. He discovered his own particular...

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Watercolor Wonder: Watercolor vs. Gouache

A Guest Post by Cassia Cogger “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating.” —Kofi Annan How does watercolor differ from gouache? What are their individual characteristics, and how might each best be applied to a mixed-media art practice? These very questions got me thinking, I wonder what would happen if I painted the exact same...

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San Diego Watercolors | Keiko Tanabe Gallery

Well-traveled watercolorist Keiko Tanabe finds inspiration in her own backyard. When she isn’t traveling the world, Tanabe is a passionate plein air painter on her home turf—San Diego, Calif.— where she has lived for almost 25 years. “I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere else,” she says. “Even growing up in Japan, I lived...

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Stig-Ove Sivertsen Watercolors Explore the Mutable Medium

Working in watercolors, Norwegian artist Stig-Ove Sivertsen recalls the Pablo Picasso print that hung in his childhood home—a reproduction portrait of Picasso’s muse, Sylvette David. The work shows her in full profile; while representational, it betrays a primitive abstract quality that recalls his earlier Cubist-inspired works. The work’s lasting impression on Sivertsen is telling. Picasso explored...

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Window Reflections Using Watercolor| Robin Erickson Cityscape Gallery

Robin Erickson finds the extraordinary in the ordinary by painting window reflections using watercolor. While others dash past cityscape windows to their destinations, she watches and waits with her camera. Through those windows, she sees everyday sights: racks of clothing on display, a pizza maker plying his trade, an empty café table ready for guests. Once she...

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Summer Inspiration | Watercolor Artist June 2017 Issue Preview

Get inspired just in time for summer! The June 2017 issue of Watercolor Artist features ways to express yourself—whether you’re a landscape, portrait, still life or animal painter. Highlights in this issue include: 14 surefire solutions to pesky painting problems Complex reflections made easy Tips for pouring a moody landscape Ideas for painting fresh...

Peony at Dawn by Soon Warren, watercolor painting, 15 x 22.

When You Have a Passion for Something…

Mingle Colors for Outstanding Flower Paintings in Watercolor …plunge yourself into it. That’s the advice artist and instructor Soon Warren gives. We have to jump in even if we don’t feel “ready” because our struggles will bring insight, and our mistakes are simply lessons learned. But that doesn’t mean you need to blindly attempt...

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Creating Mandalas for Personal Insights

The act of making mandala art is not only relaxing, it has the wonderful side effect of self-discovery. I had the joy of working on Cassia Cogger‘s band new book Creating Personal Mandalas and I finally got around to trying out two exercises in the book that have intrigued me. Another opportunity I’d been...