I am often asked what websites to visit when learning how to paint. I would immediately reply, “Youtube!”
My watercolor art journey started two years ago and I have learned a lot since then. I still continue to learn. Albert Einstein said that once you stop learning, you start dying. So I chose to learn unceasingly (Well, with leisure on the side).
I often refer to Anna Mason’s tutorials when it comes to botanicals. I love to paint flowers. Here is her tutorial in painting a rose:
Two years ago, I came across a tutorial on how to draw a realistic eye.
I continue to practice. I think it is the best way to learn. Put on the 10,000 hours of work and eventually, I get better than the last time. Here are my recent original botanical paintings.
I also follow a lot of watercolor artists on Instagram. I am currently part of the @wgcollab on instagram, where different watercolor artists share their painting techniques every day. Follow us there to learn more techniques. Use #wgcollab16 hashtag to find the videos. The videos are also posted on Facebook via Watercolour Gallery’s page. Here is my painting video I made for this month.
Flower by Katrina“Here is my process: I try to draw my subject as detailed as possible so that I know where to put the darker tones and the lighter tones. I use a lot of water when I want lighter colors and lots of paint when I want darker colors. I paint starting with the lighter tones and I pile up my pigments as I go. I go from light to dark until I am satisfied with the outcome.This way, it is easy to correct mistakes. I usually paint with a picture as an inspiration. For this video, I had a photo of tulips in a flower garden I recently visited. ” by Katrina Karen made for #WGcollab16
Posted by Watercolour Gallery on Sunday, June 26, 2016
July is also the World Watercolor Month. Find inspiration using the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth on Facebook and Instagram.
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