Watercolor Painting

Watercolor painting is the process of painting with pigments that are mixed with water. Watercolor art is all about thin washes and transparent color, but watercolors can be made opaque with the addition of Chinese white. Traditionally, watercolor artists work on paper, though the tooth of the surface can vary greatly. Watercolor is often used in tandem with pencil, charcoal, ink and others, and historically it has been used to color engravings and lithographs. Its fluidity can take time to master though “control” is thought of as a no-no, and the practice often revolves around balancing applications that are both purposeful and free.

Here you will find all things watercolor painting on Artist Daily, from technique blogs to inspirational work being done by the best contemporary painters practicing today. Explore this mercurial medium and enjoy!

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Granulation

Granulation in Watercolor Painting Watercolor can do things that other painting media cannot. Although I paint in oil, pastel and casein, I always return to watercolor painting whenever I want to really challenge myself as a painter. First, it requires complete and total focus – no phones, no breaks. To paint really well, one must…

Pigment Wonderland

Is color important in a work of art? Most would say a loud yes! However, look at the wonderful work of the great, late artist, Andrew Wyeth. His Dad, the famous illustrator N.C. Wyeth, was often telling Andrew that he needed to put more color in his paintings. However, Andrew continued with his low-color paintings…

Watercolor: Bold Colors and Broken Lines: The Freedom of Gouache

Painting gouache on Arches black cover stock opens up a wide array of creative possibilities. by Stephanie Kaplan Self-portrait2006, gouache, 20 x 15. All artwork this article collection the artist. Brenda Turner has a unique take on gouache technique. After working with transparent watercolor for years, Turner made the switch to using gouache once she…

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Watercolor: Back to Watercolor Basics

Connecticut artist John Falato primarily paints in oil, but he also enjoys introducing students to the nuts and bolts of watercolor in his exciting, fast-paced beginner classes. August Road1983, watercolor, 21 1/8 x 16. All artwork this article private collection unless otherwise indicated. by John A. Parks John Falato is a painter of breathtaking range…

Watercolor: National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

The 88th Annual Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society is on view through November 1 at the Riverside Art Museum, in Riverside, California. The opening reception and awards luncheon is scheduled for September 13. Among the award winners are Soon Y. Warren, winner of the society’s purchase prize for Feeding Time; Robbie Laird, who won…

Watercolor: A Bold Approach

When Chris Krupinski made the transition from oil to watercolor painting, she refused to sacrifice her love of detail and bold, rich color.     A Glass of Cherries2004, watercolor, 30 x 22. All artwork this article collection the artist. by Naomi Ekperigin Virginia artist Chris Krupinski didn’t plan on becoming a watercolorist. She had tried…

Ali Cavanaugh's "Doubtful"

In the fall 2008 issue of Watercolor magazine, we explored how Ali Cavanaugh discovered a clay-covered panel that accepts watermedia and helps her create figure paintings. We offer an example of her technique in this demonstration of Doubtful (1:30). Ali Cavanaugh Posted to Artist Daily by Karyn on October 08, 2009 Click to Play |…

Watercolor: St. George's Harbor by Ogden Pleissner

James Toogood comments on Ogden Pleissner’s watercolor painting St. George's Harbor. by James Toogood St. George's Harborby Ogden Pleissner, 1953, watercolor, 14 1/4 x 20 1/4. Collection Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Paget, Bermuda. Pleissner has placed us high on a hill, looking down at the harbor. This is reinforced by the view of the…

Watercolor: William Trost Richards' "A Rocky Coast"

James Toogood comments on William Trost Richards' watercolor painting A Rocky Coast. by James Toogood A Rocky Coastby William Trost Richards, 1877, watercolor and gouache on fibrous brown wove paper, 28? x 36¼. Collection The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York. First, note that Richards was working on carpet paper here. This allowed…

Watercolor: Judy Morris "Chinatown: San Francisco"

James Toogood comments on Judy Morris' watercolor painting Chinatown: San Francisco. by James Toogood Chinatown: San Franciscoby Judy Morris, watercolor, 34 x 28. This is a delightful piece, not overly serious but beautifully executed. It's a fairly simple palette; the colors seem to be cadmium red, perylene maroon, permanent alizarin, dioxazine violet, ultramarine blue, phthalocyanine…

Watercolor: Frederick Brosen's "Brooklyn Bridge"

James Toogood comments on Frederick Brosen's watercolor painting Brooklyn Bridge. by James Toogood Brooklyn Bridgeby Frederick Brosen, 2006, watercolor over graphite, 28¾ x 51¾. Courtesy Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, New York. The first thing that is noteworthy about this watercolor is its sheer size. While it is not unheard of for a watercolorist…