Saturday, September 13, 2008

I'm having more fun now



I finally have time (because I gave up cleaning house and doing laundry) to play around with my watercolors and its getting to be fun - thank you Capt Elaine for the link to How to Draw and Paint

http://www.how-to-draw-and-paint.com

I've been watching the watercolor lessons and they are very helpful - trees and distant hills etc. I watched my favorite PBS show this morning "Landscapes Through Time" with David Dunlop-- he talked about soft focus distant hills & lights and dark - he does oils but the basic principles are the same regardless of medium - so I did a couple of soft focus hills with skyline -in the handmade 3.75" x 5.5" accordion fold sketch book - - but then I saw the tree tutorial and put the tree in front of the hills - I'm having fun and learning lots -

I really needed to see someone actually painting with watercolors - how wet is the paper how drippy are the brushes what size brushes etc. you just can't get all of that from books - the videos are very helpful - wish there were workshops close by-

13 comments:

Ann said...

These are so nicely done that I immediately went to the tutorial link to see what it has. Thanks for sharing the info and your lovely results!

Glitz Ink said...

these are beautiful!!! thanks for sharing the link...i'll check that out later when i take a break from working on my paintings for class!

Sandy said...

Lovely watery landscapes, your greens are perfect (something I always struggle with!)

Shirley said...

Love them. You're going to inspire me to try trees!

Capt Elaine Magliacane said...

Kathleen these are FABULOUS!!!!! You've really done well... I still struggle but I'm getting better I think. You are definitely getting better... and we're BOTH having fun aren't we.

kazumiwannabe said...

They are beautiful! The soft, watery effect works wonderfully. My favourite is the second with the hills in the background, it's perfect!

Douglas said...

Great trees. Maybe I need to use yours as a go-by. My trees never look right. Keep at it.

Starr said...

Ok now I feel lazy. LOL!! Maybe I'll give up cleaning and doing laundry for a day:-)! I'm going to visit that website next because I'm majorly in need of some help! I've been wanting to paint the mountain landscape I look at every day, but don't know where to start! I'm so glad you are having fun and learning. It definitely shows!!! Wonderful work!

Deb said...

These are beautiful, Kathleen! You've done a wonderful job!

painting fun! said...

fun!

mariposa said...

Wow, those are beautiful :) That's really cool you play the hammered dulcimer - one of my close friends does also.

Tracey Latorelli said...

Trees!! One of my favorite subjects....

These are really good. It's never ceased to amaze me; how does one lay watercolor over watercolor and come out with a project that isn't a mud puddle.

Kathleen...very nicely done. You're right; give up the housework!

Tracey

PS. The slideshow is a nice touch, too... :o)

Speck said...

I really needed to see someone actually painting with watercolors...

I just wrote this same paragraph to a friend of mine. Watercolors are a tough medium when you try to tackle them all on your own. My attempts = failure.

I'll check in often to see what all you've figured out! Good luck!