7 Keys to Create Successful Watercolor Paintings
By: Ellene Breedlove Davis
Seven keys that every successful artist must do is a lesson in creativity, because it's so hard to break down what an artist does in a step by step outline. But, actually using creativity to define what you do brings clarity.
You're probably wondering exactly what it is that you need to do to assure yourself of creative success as well as how to create successful watercolor paintings. You do need certain tools and skills to accomplish these tasks.
Some expertise is essential for success. Learn to nurture the process of creativity and when to let it rest in your mind until it's ready to fly free. Then not only will you be stating your feelings, expressing your creativity and simply contributing to the world of art, but showing the world your creative confidence.
Here are 7 keys to help you create successful watercolor paintings.
- Buy quality supplies - you must have caliber paints, brushes, paper, etc. as these have a positive or negative effect on how your painting looks. A new watercolor brush is inspiring as it makes your watercolors go on smoother. My rule of thumb for students is to buy the best materials that you can afford. It really does make a difference in how your paint is laid down and the paper makes a big difference in how it absorbs the water and pigment.
- Practice - And I capitalize this because of its importance. Just as with any other endeavor, we must practice. This means painting different scenes with the light coming from different directions, blending paints to create different colors as in glazing, and using different brush strokes and watercolor techniques.
- Read art books, many of them, and take classes with an artist you admire.
- Attend a watercolor workshops, workshops typically are more hours than classes. For instance a class could last 3 hours and a workshop about 5 hours, or more than 1 day.
- Educate your hand as well as your mind. Do this by teaching your hand to execute brushstrokes for the different texture that is given. Educate your hand to exert a light, firm and hard pressure on the brush to make different brush strokes.
- Learn more about watercolor painting in general, visiting a museum is a good way to get watercolor inspiration. You can accelerate creating successful watercolor paintings by studying another artist's work, up close. Pay attention to how the brush strokes, color, composition and texture are used. These can help you find your creative expression.
- If you are stuck on a specific problem, seek out a reputable mentor, a resource to teach you how to create successful watercolor paintings. Just never, never, never, give up on your dream of being a watercolor artist.
About the Author:
Ellene Breedlove Davis wrote forYellowCreekArt.com, a website that is not online at this time.
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