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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...

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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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50 Shades of GREEN

Color Mixing & Celebrating Spring Happy St. Patrick’s Day! By all means, sip up the green beer, have green eggs and ham (blegh!), wear green (or, sometimes, orange), and pinch away at everyone who doesn’t play along, but for us artists this holiday means indulging the opportunity to celebrate the earthy, greedy, jealous, fertile,...

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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...

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Practicing Watercolor Buildings in the Idyllic English Countryside

Watercolor is perfectly suited to painting the soft, organic shapes in landscapes…but what about the hard lines of architecture? If you find yourself avoiding adding watercolor buildings to your art, this video is for you! Artist Geoff Kersey takes you to the Peak District to practice this essential skill, from sketching on location to...

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Watercolor Wonder: White Stitched Circles

A Guest Post by Cassia Cogger Deep dives into mixed media give an artist freedom to experiment with materials; to combine mediums one might not automatically consider related; to wonder what would happen if . . . ? Embroidery thread stitched over paper or canvas excites many, seems to be a growing trend in...

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Brushwork Techniques for Expressive Watercolor with Sterling Edwards

Ever stood in the brush aisle at the art store and felt intimidated by the variety on offer? Flat brushes, round brushes, big brushes, little brushes, bristle brushes, synthetic brushes, skinny brushes, fat brushes… where to begin? And how to take advantage of watercolor brushwork in your paintings? Sterling Edwards has some answers for you. Since...

Watercolor Challenge: Bluebonnets with Jean Haines | ArtistsNetwork.tv

Watercolor Challenge: Bluebonnets

Love Jean Haines’ loose, lovely painting style? Try it yourself with this simple watercolor challenge! Follow along with Jean as she demonstrates painting bluebonnets in just a few minutes. It’s a great way to practice, warm up, and put spare scraps of watercolor paper to good use. For this watercolor challenge, you will need: Your favorite watercolor...

Painting Cascading Water in Watercolor by Julie Gilbert Pollard

The Anatomy of Cascading Water

Everyone loves the whimsy of water in a bubbling brook as it runs over rocks and cascades into little waterfalls of frothy foam. Artist and author, Julie Gilbert Pollard is no different; painting water moves her artistic soul and is one of her favorite subjects to paint in watercolor, oil, or acrylic. To capture...