Hey there, fellow creators!
I'm easing back into my regular work routine after my trip to Canada and really wanted to make some time for a watercolor illustration I could have fun with. Of course, I went for food!
Whilst in Toronto, I took a few pictures of food items I ordered at restaurants and cafes. I thought this sandwich would be a good one to get back into the flow of painting after my break!
Today's blog post will be a short one, but stay tuned for next Friday's post/YouTube video, because a meatier article related to how I stayed creative during my trip is in the works! I'll be sharing specific tips to make traveling both enjoyable AND productive as an artist!
Watercolor Painting Process
This is the original picture I took at the restaurant.
Before starting with the painting process, I sketched an outline drawing lightly, making sure to take advantage of my space on the large sheet of watercolor paper I set out to use. I wanted to challenge myself to create a larger illustration and went for a large 50 x 50 cms. of Canson Montval watercolor paper (185 g/m²).
I wanted to enjoy myself with this illustration, but I also wanted to push myself and make it a bit more on the realistic side. Due to this, I knew I was going to have to work in layers and be patient until I arrived at the desired effect. The whole illustration took me about four hours to create, counting drying times in between layers.
I had a great time painting this sandwich and this piece will be a wonderful reminder of my trip to Toronto.
Thanks so much for dropping by today!
Watercolor Landscape by Eddi Reid
One of the most amazing parts of having a blog is the opportunity to connect with people from all over the world with whom you share passions and interests with.
Today, I have the honor of sharing this amazing painting created by Eddi Reid, a participant in the current series I published- Watercolor Landscapes for Beginners. I've had the pleasure of getting to know Eddi through email and she is, undoubtedly, an incredibly creative, courageous, and kind artist that I can now say I'm fortunate of knowing.
Thank you SO much Eddi, for your participation and for sharing your work with us!
You're truly an inspiration and I'm looking forward to enjoying more of it!
Check out the Watercolor Landscapes for Beginners series here:
Ever wondered how to go about painting a watercolor landscape? Do you find complex, layered watercolor compositions too hard or intimidating to create? Are you curious about how to paint a unique landscape using a photograph as reference?
Painting a watercolor landscape can definitely be daunting when an artist is just starting out with this medium, especially due to its fluidity and transparency. We often hear that watercolors are "difficult to control" and "unforgiving", which may cause beginners to stay away from painting certain types of compositions. This, if you ask me, is a complete shame.
I'm here today to encourage you to give watercolor landscapes a try! If you have a basic understanding of this painting medium, as well as Art Fundamentals like perspective and proportion, it's not as difficult as you may think. In this post and the video included here, I will be taking you through my complete process, one-step-at-a-time. I will also be sharing some of my personal tips and tricks that allow me to manipulate watercolors to create the effects I'm looking to create.
I completely, 100% believe, that it is through experimentation and stepping out of our comfort zones that we learn faster, not only about the particular medium or technique at hand, but also about our own tastes, strengths and possible areas of improvement. I've personally been able to speed up my artistic growth by remaining open to mediums and techniques, challenging myself on a consistent basis, and by embracing mistakes as signs of exploration/growth.
Want to learn about one of my FAVORITE methods of exploration? Read my blog post titled How to Effectively Use Other Artists' Work as Inspiration and a Great Method to Start Developing Your Own Artistic Style!
Welcome to the fourth (and final) part of the Watercolor Landscapes for Beginners Series!
In this series, I have broken watercolor landscape compositions apart into commonly used elements and/or layers in order to help you gain a better understanding of the painting process. By making time to study individual elements before jumping into a complete composition, you gain confidence in your painting skills AND increase the chances of producing a finished piece you'll actually be proud of!
A landscape composition is usually made up of different layers (foreground, middleground, background), as well as a large variety of colors and textures. The artist has to have a good sense of compositional arrangement, depth and perspective. All of these items are HUGELY important when attempting to recreate any kind of believable scenery that transmits harmony.
In my blog you'll find information and resources to help you improve your art skills. I also share tips that will help you stay happy and productive as your journey progresses.
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Guide to Shading Techniques: Hatching, Cross-Hatching, Scribbling and Others
How to Effectively Use Other Artists' Work as Inspiration and a Great Method to Start Developing Your Own Artistic Style
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