Watercolours 2 & 3

I’d painted the background of these on Sunday after I’d finished my first painting, included again as taken in better light.

Watercolour no. 1

For this one I was experimenting with getting a colour gradient going dark to light from the top of the paper. Many of the exercises in the book involve light and shade, including this vase. I’m not sure my shadow is quite right but I like the shaded effect on the vase itself.

Watercolour no. 2


The background of this was an attempt to mix purple from red and blue paints. The author of the book, Matthew Palmer states that purple is one of the colours he buys and I now understand why.

Sticking with light and shade but working against a dark background I attempted a fairly basic tree silhouette with darker accents to indicate more shaded areas.

Watercolour no. 3

Today I’m going to re-read the first chapters and work out which colours and brushes I need. I highly recommend this book, it makes understanding the technical aspects of painting so easy.

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of blueskydays365.com which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

7 thoughts on “Watercolours 2 & 3

  1. It looks a good book! I thought I had it on my bookshelf, but no. I have Brush with Watercolour by Terry HArrison. It’s gives step by step instruction on painting landscapes. I recently joined an art group and finished my first watercolour, so it will be interesting to follow your progress. 🙂

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    1. ooh fab! Have you posted a photo on your site? There’s a local art centre near where I live I’m popping in today to ask if they do beginners groups. We can follow each other’s progress. Thanks for getting in touch x

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