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Watercolor Painting Tips -- I've been busy writing e-books
July 07, 2009

Mary Ann's Message

I am absolutely thrilled that so many of you are uploading your paintings to the site for critique and/or to share your technique.

There are so many ways to paint in watercolor and I hope that you can share the way you approach your subject matter. Your suggestions can start with :

  1. How do you come up with an idea ?

  2. How do you name your paintings?

  3. What did you paint first in the scene or still life?

  4. Did you draw the image in detail, or do you paint without drawing?

  5. What colors did you use?

  6. Do you use any tricky techniques like salt, plastic wrap, alcohol?

  7. What kind of brushes do you use?

  8. Do you have a favorite kind of paper or painting surface?

  9. Do you prefer abstract art or realism? If abstract, what is the technique you use?

Any or all of these make good copy under your painting. I try to comment on every painting that is uploaded to the site, but I notice that others are doing the same. We can all learn from each other.

Please remember that this is an educational site, and not designed to be anyone's personal website for just uploading paintings without comment. In the future, paintings will not be published without technique comments or the request for a critique from me or other visitors to the site.

Thanks and let's make this a great place to teach and learn.

What Would You Like Me To Write About?

Art is my passion and I love to paint. I also like to write about painting, which is why I started this website. But I need to know what you want me to write about!

You can do that by clicking this link and submitting your idea. And for those of you who don't submitted an idea, please check here for new ideas and vote for the ones you like. That will help me select future topics to write about.


This doesn't have to be just my news. Let me know if you have some news you would like to share. I will include appropriate news in the next newsletter. You can also submit news on the site by clicking here.

  1. 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, click here.

Share Your Tips and Paintings

Watercolor Painting Tips can only get better if you share 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!

Recently Published

Jun 27, 2009, Savannah River Street painting -This is a very popular painting I completed that now sells on River Street in Artsy's of Savannah. I started the work from a photograph I took on

Jun 22, 2009, Bill Lester Plein Air - Last week end in the park, what do you

Jun 21, 2009, more red flowers - This was one of the fastest paintings I've done, I didn't go back and over work anything, just left it after about 45

Jun 21, 2009, Clearing skies - I had to stand to paint this sky. I hope you can feel the violence of the passing storm and the promise of calm tomorrow. This will be included in





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