Watercolor My World

The Hermitage, Scotland

Although I majored in Art in College before I majored in Drama, Psychology, and finally English, I never learned to watercolor. Most of my training and experience is in acrylics, so I’ve taken it upon myself to learn how to watercolor.

Here are a few of my recent watercolor postcards. Much to my delight, I asked friends and followers on Facebook who would like to receive one, and I got lots of responses! Needless to say, I’ve been busy painting scenes and trying new techniques ever since (while binge-watching “The Good Wife“). All of these pictured are already in the mail. Leave a comment if you want to be put on the list to (eventually) get one, then email me your address (link in right sidebar).

My biggest challenge, other than learning techniques, is trying to put in too much detail and overworking the piece. You’ll see in these my attempts to find a balance. Each are from a photograph I took while hiking.

Tarn Hows, Cumbria

I’m particularly proud of how the clouds turned out on the above one as well as how I refrained from trying to paint every leaf on the trees.

Grasmere, Cumbria

I LOVE how the mountains look in this one. I’ve yet to be able to do this again, but I’ll keep trying. Also, the colors of the forest came out quite well, too.

Daffodils at St. Patrick’s in Ullswater

My beloved daffodils! Not too shabby for my first attempt. Still, too much detail on the church, methinks.

Below is my latest, finished about an hour ago. Here I utilized the masking liquid to keep some parts white for the snow and part of texture of the stones. I’m particularly proud of the clouds and stone texture.

Hope you enjoy them!

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Ullswater, Cumbria

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