Along The Hiking Trail Watercolor Painting

Painting and hiking is Steamboat Springs I taught a watercolor workshop in Steamboat Springs, Colorado this past weekend, and scenes like this abound in the Yampa and Elk River Valley’s. The wildflowers are everywhere because the mountains have had a lot of rain this summer. Using white paper effectively is a trademark of watercolor painting because we usually don’t use white paint and the white flowers are an example of this. Painting in watercolor is like a chess game where you plan your moves ahead of time. I love the effect where white paper is surrounded by rich colors and they work together to create that wonderful transparency that watercolor is known for. We painted on ranches an

Denver Botanic Gardens Watercolor Painting

A gorgeous day painting in the gardens. On Sunday I spent the day painting in Botanic Gardens and the weather was perfect, not to hot and partly overcast. The gardens were full of people and some of them watched us paint but they were very polite and talking with them was fun. We were surrounded by flowers in full bloom and the colors and forms were intoxicating. Zeroing in on one small area and deciding which flowers to emphasize was a challenge and my viewer was very helpful. Size differences are important and the tiny blue flowers contrasted nicely with the bigger violet and red ones. Rich darks are always important to show off the main players in a composition and I used perylene

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