All posts filed under Watercolor

Getting Better at Watercolor Painting

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Watercolor painting has been a huge challenge for me. And the bigger the challenge the more stubborn I become. I tend to lose interest in things that are easy. Just today I ran into an article titled “Are we making things too hard?” I do. Always. But it’s not that I want things to be difficult, I just want things to be well made, with the best …

One watercolor galaxy at a time

Deep blue scarg

Recently we went to see the Aurorae documentary at the Montreal planetarium. We didn’t know there was a double feature and the first one was an extraordinary overview of  the universe titled Dark Universe. Who isn’t fascinated by the sky, the stars, planets etc? Movies like Gravity, The Martian and Interstellar have taken a deeper look at what it means for us to be floating …

When to Paint?

I have been listening to a few podcasts about focusing or getting rid of distractions. Usually this topic comes up again and again at the same time each year, same with articles and podcast episodes about social media sabbaticals and reducing time online. It’s an inevitable cycle. The strangest feeling is when you actually disconnect for a few days and then you come back to …

Desire is sparked by what we see

About three years ago, I was trying to set up a web design business. I had a full time job but it wasn’t very fulfilling. I was working on my website and I thought I had the look all worked out, I wanted an illustration-based design for my site. I didn’t want to use my picture, I wanted a drawing of me at the computer. …

From sketch to watercolor to digital

I bought a Canson watercolor pad for 7 dollars. In my paper stash there is a Fabriano pad that cost me about 30. I’ve used one sheet of paper from that one. I was attempting to do Katie Rodger’s class on painting a story.I took this class around September 2014. I pulled out the painting last week and as I see it… the drawing isn’t bad, …

From Watercolor to Pattern

I’ve mentioned before how afraid I was of good materials or that I am sort of a purist when it comes to learning something. I heard recently in a podcast that being anal when it comes to following the “good technique” is a by-product of having pursued higher education. I agree. Every time I’ve wanted to learn something, I want the instructor to tell me “exactly” …

Watercolor textures – free download

Yup, watercolors are popular but for good reason, they are beautiful, fun, colorful. They give the web a delicious texture and feeling. I’m having a blast with them. I’m not exceptionally good with them but you can see a couple of my pieces here. Here are a few quick watercolor textures that you can use for your blog, for a logo, as simple textures or whatever …