Ted Nuttall on How to Paint a Successful Painting—and Bonus Watercolor Portrait Gallery

A frequent juror of watercolor shows, figurative artist Ted Nuttall shares behind-the-scenes watercolor tips that might help you make your next painting an across-the-board winner: “When I’m jurying shows, quite often I will see a painting that on first glance looks really nice. Certain areas look beautiful and perfect and then it becomes obvious that others didn’t receive as much attention; therefore, the painting doesn’t look strong all the way across. I discovered that I was doing that to a certain degree in my own work. Now I try to pay more attention to completing the painting with as much energy at the end as I introduced in the beginning.”

Enjoy this gallery of Nuttall’s lively watercolor portraits and figures, and learn more about the artist in the February 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist.


Alyssa | watercolor portrait

Alyssa (watercolor on paper, 19×13) by Ted Nuttall



Blue Solitude | watercolor figure painting

Blue Solitude (watercolor on paper, 17¼ x 22¼) by Ted Nuttall



Shine | watercolor portrait

Shine (watercolor on paper, 11½x12¼) by Ted Nuttall



The Last Dance of Minor Todd | watercolor portrait

The Last Dance of Minor Todd (watercolor on paper, 14¼x19) by Ted Nuttall



Read more about Ted Nuttall’s colorful watercolor portraits in the February 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist.




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