My First Dive into Watercolors

Cat - Watercolor Pencils - Jan 7, 2014
Cat – Watercolor Pencils – Jan 7, 2014

I never really liked the look of watercolor paintings when I was young. Oil painting was where it was at for me. I preferred the opaqueness and richness of oils to the wispy, transparent look of watercolor. Then I was up around 3 AM the other night and watched one of those TV art teachers painting a watercolor landscape, and suddenly I wanted to do it.

 

I guess it’s like hating broccoli your whole life, and suddenly when you turn 40 you like it. So I rushed out and bought a set of watercolor pencils, a beginners watercolor tube paint set, and some watercolor paper. It sat on my shelf for a few months, before I finally decided to do some practice paintings while sitting comfortably in my bed watching TV at night.

 

Skull - Watercolor Pencils - Jan 8, 2014
Skull – Watercolor Pencils – Jan 8, 2014

All three paintings were done with watercolor pencils and a small brush. I used a sponge for the tree. Each painting is probably less than an hour of work. I didn’t really time myself. Watercolor is still not my favorite medium, but I am starting to like it more. In fact, I’ll probably do a new painting tonight.

 

Tree - Watercolor Pencils - Jan 9, 2014
Tree – Watercolor Pencils – Jan 9, 2014

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