Tip of the Month:
“When using acrylics use a sealable palette with a thin layer of sponge. Then use a piece of butcher block paper for your paints. They will stay nice and wet ”
” Good Technique may be more important in watercolor than in any other medium.
Use plenty of water and paint. The purpose of painting is not paint conservation.”
“Use stainless steel push pins to hold w/c paper on gatorboard so you can paint to the deckle edge of your paper.”
“Look for an honest critique, not just a kind one”.
”Paint things you are passionate about! Your enthusiasm and passion will radiate on the canvas/papers.”
“If your paintings lack sparkle, try a limited palette of colors”.
“Let your painting dry between washes to avoid muddy colors (echoed by Eric Weigardt).
Watercolors are made of either small chunks of minerals or various natural or synthetic dyes floating in Gum Arabic, which is basically clear glue.You can build up many levels of colors each separated by the clear level of gum Arabic. The separation of various colors allows the light to bounce around and produce rich colors with a lot of depth compared to having all of the minerals and pigments stirred together to make flat browns and grays. Think of it as sparkling jewels floating above the reflective paper versus a pile of mud on the paper that blocks reflection.” – Jeremy Jones
“Make the corners (sides) of your painting smile.” – John Erwin
“My first art instructor told me early on that you can’t have lights unless you have darks.” – Jane Underhill