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Practicing watercolor

5 Jun
All of these were done in a Moleskin watercolor book (21×13 cm), and are safely away from view.

 

I chose a YouTube video featuring a lovely Tuscany landscape and advertising it was very simple and ideal for beginners. The result isn’t entirely bad but it’s far from being good:
Following as best as I could the instructions in a “watercolor for beginners” manual, here is a winter field landscape, because I wanted to practice painting trees in particular and was intrigued by the splattering technique for the bluish snow (that you get by tapping your brush against your other hand close to where you want the projections to land):
From the same “watercolor for beginners” manual, I tried my hand on a woman doing laundry in the shade, interested by the technique of using a white pastel stick to draw the clothes lines. The only part I like is the foliage however.
Here are a goldfish that looks part grumpy, part menacing, and a couple of delicate magnolia flowers:
Lemon:

Goldfish triptych

5 Jun
The exercise consisted in using masking fluid to paint the blue backgrounds and save the white for the goldfish:
The masking fluid was painstakingly slow to peel off, left some residue and I ended up scraping paper a bit in places:

I filled the first goldfish with black ink from a Pentel Brushpen (which is awesome for very thin lines as well as large areas) after painting the fins, tail, eyes and mouth in bright orange watercolor:

The second and third goldfish were a mix of bright orange watercolor, black on some fins, eye and mouth, and to cover the masking fluid residue I applied a layer of white watercolor paint:

I framed those and painted the frame bright orange as well before adding a layer of varnish:

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