Mary Ann's Message
It has been a very busy spring, and I am just now finishing the third e-book,
and have one more half finished.
The first one was
Painting on Watercolor Canvas. (now $14.95) It has been
available since January 2008 on my “tips” site. I discovered the special canvas
and was quite taken with the look of the finished product, as I could paint “aqueously”
or heavy (which gives the work more of an acrylic look). It is VERY forgiving,
and changes can be made easily during the painting process. My beginner students
love it! It also has the capability of being sealed with a UV spray and framed
The next E-book is
Painting Flowers in Watercolor. ($27)
has 10 chapters of
step-by-step illustrations. This book deals with numerous ways to approach
flower painting. White flowers, colored flowers, and flowers with or without a
Most of the paintings in this e-book are done on Rtistx Board,
another surface that I love. The washes flow together and become smooth, glowing
phrases across the page. It is a PVC product with a special granular surface on
one side that accepts the watercolor, and the colors end up very saturated and
brilliant. I love color, so this is one of my favorite surfaces now. It also can
be sealed and framed without glass. Remember, No Glass, No Glare! I also still
paint on 100% rag paper, but really prefer not to have to mat and frame with
The third book, which is available now, is
Learning the Basics in Watercolor.
It is less expensive ($10) because it is more of a guide to the “tips” site, and
leads to short videos in many cases of how to use the brush. Sometimes these
videos are difficult to find on the tips site, as there is so much information
there. There are several chapters of step-by-step illustrations dealing with
landscape, still life, a sunset, and florals. It has a guide to the kind of
brushes needed and how to use them; the kind of surfaces that the beginner can
work on; creating a color wheel; how to learn about your colors, and more. It
will help the beginning painter access more information from the web and
especially on my painting tips site.
The book still in progress is Painting Landscapes in Watercolor. From
monochromatic tones of a sunset, creating prospective in unusual settings,
rushing water, water reflections, clouds and skies, background trees, shadows,
rocks and types of trees, this book will help you know why or why not to paint
certain things in detail. In these chapters, design is at the forefront so that
the eye of the viewer moves into and around the painting. Hard and soft edges
are important elements of each composition, and I deal with how to achieve these
effects. Keep in touch. You will be hearing about its completion soon.
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like to write about painting, which is why I started this website.
need to know what you want me to write about!
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for the ones you like. That will help me select future topics to write
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I realize we're
in tough economic times, so I'm reducing the price of my e-book, Painting on
Watercolor Canvas, to $14.95. That's a 40% discount from
the original price To learn more,
Share Your Tips and Paintings
Watercolor Painting Tips can only get better if you
your tips as well. I know there are some very talented
artists out their that have great tips to share.
Maybe the best tip you can share is by sharing a watercolor you've painted. I've
got just the place.
Just click here to let us see what you've been up to!
Feb 12, 2009,
- This watercolour was painted from Life in the royal Art Society group. The
model was feeling sick so she only sat for half an hour. I felt I had not
Jun 17, 2009,
Penny digs! - These are two of my granddaughters watching Penny dig
Jun 17, 2009,
Tiger by Sreejesh Koonery - its simple
Jun 17, 2009,
California girl California beach -Are you just about ready to jump
ship and go with oil paint? I know I am getting really close. I hate the
footprints but lightening them makes them
Jun 9, 2009,
Cheaper masking fluid - Instead of the more expensive masking
fluids, I tried Jiffy Sew which is a rubber based fabric glue. It is a
little thicker but it worked just fine -
Jun 3, 2009,
Share photos? - Would it be possible to have a page where we could
share photographs that subscribers could use without copyright? Some of
us have no access to