Painting on the Point! Paint a coastal Maine scene with me!

Hi friends! Just a quick bit of housekeeping, if you are a student in any of my classes at Teachable I am having issues seeing and responding to comments and questions in my admin. I have Teachable tech support helping me with this issue and I will approve and reply to any comments as soon as I have access. You are very important and I am upset that I can’t get to your questions in a timely manner and I do apologize. thank you for your patience as we fix the back end tech issues. You should be able to access any classes without issue though. It will just take me a while to approve comments. thank you!

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Last weekend we went to Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor Maine. The weather was lovely and the crowds were small! I was able to do a bit of sketching on location and took lots of photos as well.

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Today we will paint this coastal scene in a vibrant, expressionistic way. I will show you some fun techniques and show you how to bring order to a “hot mess” chaotic landscape! Watched the video, relax and paint along! Feel free to speed up, slow down or pause the video if you need to. Enjoy the painting process!

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If you want to learn more about painting in watercolor check out my course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting and use the coupon code TRYME to save 20%! Happy crafting!

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Expressive, Bold & Bright Bouquet!

Hi, friends! This week I was inspired by some lovely flower arrangements at a funky restaurant. I snapped a photo of one before I left because I wanted to paint it. Here is the photo I took:

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And here is the painting we will paint today!

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You can follow along and do what I do or you can use the photo and paint it differently. Watch the video for the real-time lesson and paint along! I recommend sketching on scrap paper and then transferring it on your good watercolor paper so you don’t have to be worried about erasing and marring the good stuff plus if you don’t like your painting you have the sketch already done and you can try again!

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*Want more flower painting lessons? Check out my Watercolor Flower Workshop and save 20% with coupon code TRYME OR learn the basics in this course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting. If you want more pastel training (not just for highlights) check out my course Soft Pastel for Beginners. The 20% off TRYME coupon will work on any course to learn something new and save some money today!

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If you have any friends who would enjoy learning to paint please share this blog with them! I hope you enjoyed this supersized lesson and til next time happy crafting!

Confused about How Much Water To Use when Painting? I’ll show you!

Hi friends! I have had a few questions from readers lately wondering about how much water I am using. Specifically when I rinse my brush; do I blot it, tap of the excess or what and how much water am I mixing in my paint and adding to the paper.  Because my usually water bucket is large and unsightly I keep it off camera. I want to show the painting and palette as large as possible so you can see it better and I fear the camera might focus on the ridge of the bucket rather than on the artwork. But today, I found some smaller jars to put my water in so I can show you how much water I am working with. I hope you find it helpful as we paint this sweet scene together.

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Gather your supplies and join me for a paint-along as you learn about water control!

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  • Windsor & Newton Watercolors (24 half pan in professional series) Colors used: Burnt sienna, Prussian blue, Ultramarine, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green
    On Amazon USA or way cheaper at Jackson’s Art (Worldwide shipping/low prices) On sale for $63
  • Watercolor brushes: #12 round, 3/4″ flat (you can use 1/2″-1″ flat), #2 round or liner
  • Paper: I used 8″x8″ Fluid Cold Press (I used Cellulose in this demo but I prefer cotton) Jacksons carries the 8″x8″ in both materials. Cellulose and CottonAmazon has the 8″x8″ cold pressed in cotton only.
  • Other: 2 water buckets, a rag, paper towel and a cut up credit card

If you are new to watercolor and would like more training on the medium you might enjoy my online class Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting. Use the coupon code TRYME for 20% off, learn more here.

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Daffodils from 2 Directions! Paint with Me!

Hi friends! I am so ready for spring! How about you? The weather is not cooperating with us here in Maine but at least we can have our preference when we paint!

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This is a beginner friendly project that would also be nice for seasoned painters as a warm up and since I painted on watercolor greeting cards it’s perfect to mail off to a friend in need of some springtime cheer, wouldn’t you say? Watch the video and see how it’s done!

If this tutorial made you interested in painting buckets of beautiful blooms check out my Watercolor Flower Workshop! You will learn the basics of painting many types of flowers in a loose brush stroke style and how to combine them effortlessly into new fresh paintings!

Supplies: *Use what you have, if you need supplies affiliate links have been used at no additional cost to you but your purchase helps keep the free videos coming! Thanks:)

  • Watercolors: Lemon yellow, Gamboge, Sap Green, Phthalo Blue, Rose  *I used this Holbien set but it has nearly tripled in price since I bought it. This Shinhan set is very similar and affordable at $26 for 30 colors.
  • Watercolor Greeting Cards: I get these in bulk because they are so handy for quick sketches and the come with envelopes for 31 cents a piece!
  • Brushes: I used this set by Zen *Be sure to click the $5 off coupon to get the set of 6 for $20
  • Reference book: *I love all of the books in this series, keep your eyes open on amazon for when these used books show up, I waited and paid between $5-$25 for each book in this series. Worth every penny!

I had such a fun and relaxing time painting with you today, There is something so graceful and beautiful about daffodils, not to mention cheerful. I hope you paint them too! Happy crafting!

Easy Goldfinch and Cosmos in Watercolor Tutorial

Hi friends, here is a bright and cheerful painting you can paint!

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Clearly I am ready for spring and I love watching these sweet birds on the thistle feeder out my back window. To tide us (in the North) over until warm weather returns you can paint this sweet painting. Watch the video to see how!

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If you liked this tutorial and want more in-depth instructions for painting birds you may enjoy my class Technique Toolbox: Feather’s and Foul. That class explores painting birds and feathers in detail should you want more:) Thanks for painting with me today and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Sunset Cityscape LIVE 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! I hope you can paint with me today at 12:30pm ET! We are going to paint this lovely cityscape, Liberty Bridge in Budapest Hungary, and it’s very easy!

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The only drawing you need to draw is the bridge and we will do that in the tutorial today. It’s just a couple of lines so please don’t worry about it:) You could also leave the bridge out if you want. You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on YouTube at 12:30pm ET!

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If you enjoyed this free live stream lesson you might also enjoy one of my online art classes. My latest class Watercolor flower Workshop is on sale for 50% off through the end of the month. Use coupon code FLOWERPOWER if the discount doesn’t automatically show up. *FLOWERPOWER Discount code is only good on the Watercolor Flower Workshop class through 6/30/18.

 

I hope to see you today at 12:30 for a fun painting tutorial, til then happy crafting!

Easy Sunset Painting Tutorial, Limited palette, DIY Gouache!

Howdy friends! One year ago I was sitting on a tropical beach sipping a Mai-Tai (Facebook reminded me) and today I am sitting in my living room, near the fireplace watching the snow fall outside. I’m not saying one is better than the other but I sure would love to feel the sun on my face and the warm sand between my toes! Hence the inspiration for today’s beginner painting tutorial.

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Today’s post is about making the best of our situation and appreciating what we have. Do you have some inexpensive watercolor paints from when you first started out? How about a tube of Chinese white paint that came in a watercolor set that you just never knew what to do with. Today we are going to use inexpensive watercolors mixed with chinese white watercolor to make our own gouache and paint a beautiful sunset. You can also paint this with acrylics if you prefer, heck you can use oils too just swap out the watercolor paper for a canvas panel. If you have never picked up a brush before this is the perfect project to try, it’s a no fail recipe:) So, let’s forget it’s winter for a bit and step into this lovely tropical beach scene!

Reasons you should try this technique:
1. You are using the paint more thickly and will less water so lower quality paper can be used and still look nice.
2. It is a great way to use up those tubes of white and some economy paints if you have upgraded your watercolors recently.
3. It is a nice “bridge” technique if you are going from watercolor to acrylics or oils.
4. It allows you to capture pastel colors without watering down your paints which can be problematic on low-grade paper.
5. It’s fun!

Supplies:

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I hope this inspired you to paint and it gives you a new idea on a different way to put your watercolors to use. As for me I think I’ll put on some steel drum music, make a pitcher of lemonade and dream of summer. Happy crafting!

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