Rough Water Exercise 2: #1

Dang it I just typed up a whole comment on this and fell asleep before I hit send, and it got erased.  Lessons learned here: 1) I don’t like paintings of sunsets. 2) I think my pigments retain their color more as they dry than the pigments Ron uses – I should ease off a […]

Rough Water Exercise 1: #1

I didn’t quite understand how to paint the waves according to the instructions in Ron Hazell’s book for this one. After painting the waves I found a video of him demonstrating his technique and I think I understand it better now. There were two mistakes I made at the outset that I can fix on […]

Rippled Water Exercise 2: #3

This one is a little better. The water is a bit over worked, and the cracks are darker than I like. The trees… mmmm not sure. I do like the clump of grass in the lower right though. I think I unlocked a bit of understanding on the rippled water. I was afraid of painting […]

Rippled Water Exercise 2: #2

Welp, strike 2. This one is far better than the previous attempt, but it isn’t what I intended. I started getting really REALLY muddy on the left, and called it. For a few reasons I am struggling with this exercise.  1) I am not planning enough. I’m trying to capture the spontaneity I see in […]

Rippled Water Exercise 2: #1

I hear often, I learn the most from my failures. I wonder if that’s true. I did learn a lot on this painting, maybe I learned more than I have learned on successful paintings if we just count “number of things learned.” But, the quality of the lessons I learn on a failed painting are outweighed […]

Rippled Water Exercise: #1

I am not a fan of this painting at all, mostly because I don’t like the subject. It’s a beautiful scene, it’s just not my taste. Still, I am learning a lot as I go through this book. The main goal of this exercise is to get the ripples water right. I actually think I did […]

Calm Water Exercise: #2

Tonight I tried to paint the same thing and incorporate some of the lessons I learned last time. This is my second attempt at the exercise in the third chapter of Ron Hazell’s book The Artist’s Guide to Painting Water in Watercolor. As usual there are a lot of things I would do differently on […]