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Beach Kids by Bernice Kendrick

by Bernice
(Chino, Ca)

I would appreciate any comments to help improve my skills, this painting was done using very little water...I have not tried any of the creative techniques like some of the other artists.

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Trees by Amby

by Amby
(India)

Trees

Trees

Using the technique of painting fast and loose and employing the negative space

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Abiquiu

by Betsi Caprara
(Blue Bell, PA USA)

Watercolor and Gesso

Watercolor and Gesso

I painted this watercolor, from a photo, during the first of many visits to Abiquiu, New Mexico. I used a gel medium as a base which I applied with a putty knife. Then I painted an underpainting before the actual image.

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Eclipse by Melanie

by Melanie
(North Carolina USA)

wet on wet ,splatter and moving the canvas to let the colors flow

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Paradise Lost

by Tracee Murphy
(Corpus Christi, Texas, USA)

Image Size: 26 x 20 inches
Matted & Framed Size: 36.25 x 28.75 inches
Watercolor on Yupo Paper

I painted this for a show earlier this year. It was my first show and it was accepted in, however, it didn't win any awards. Nevertheless, I was extremely happy just to have been juried in. It is now hanging at a local restaurant and the restaurant is located in our local art center.

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TWO PAGODAS FROM A VILLAGE

by Than Tun Oo
(Yangon , Myanmar )

Dear All,

I've used wet on wet method on the sky and cloud and the left are used dry technique . I've practiced and drawn from a religious journal's cover and I used one watercolor ( Ultramarine Blue ).

Thanks and Best Regards

Than Tun Oo

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Huntspoint

by Joanne
(Ottawa,Canada)

I have always loved the east coast and the small fishing communities, I wanted to capture the feel of the water and the shore and to let the viewers mind imagine.

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The Tower in the Sky by David Randall

by David Randall
(Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin)

The Tower in the Sky

The Tower in the Sky

This is a painting done from an old instruction book I had laying around but this is my own creation. I varied from the instruction some, though, and put my own spin on it to make it more my style.

I really love the way the colors in the sky and the tower came out and the sea came out much better than I had hoped. I usually struggle with water and for some reason just found the right strokes for this one. I think it was because I didn't "over-work" it too much like I tend to do.

Would love any feedback!

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The neighbor's house

by Lynne
(Canada)

The neighbor's house

The neighbor's house

Our good neighbors are moving away and I wanted to give them a memento of 30 years in this house. I used masking fluid for the first time and although it was slow going, I was able to do more wet on wet work than ever before. I don't like the way I did the window but too late to fix it now. In any case I think this painting is an improvement over The Scuba Diver which I submitted a couple of weeks ago.

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Old town - Cyprus

by Dr.Y.El Sanjak
(Egypt)

Window and bicycle in old town – Cyprus , quite and safe every where.

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Clearing skies

by Lynne
(Canada)

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 the book "Postcards From The Sea." Profit goes to Pacific Parkinson's Research Facility at U.B.C. Vancouver.

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Lone Snag - Watercolor

by Ted DeMarce
(Wenatchee,WA.)

Lone Snag

Lone Snag

Taken from a picture in the Cascade Mountains. I did add some mountains and the lone snag.I have just started to paint for fun.

So far its really been fun. I really do not know what I am doing, never had a lesson, just what I saw on TV.

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Mt Christie

by Dennis Pollard
(Poulsbo, Washington)

Mt Christie

Mt Christie

I painted this picture from a photograph i took on a hike to low divide in Olympic National Park. It was juried into the 2008 Paint The Parks Top 100. www.paintamerica.com.

More of my work can be seen at www.dennispollardwatercolors.com

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Fall at Farnsworth

by Gerri
(Perrysburg, Ohio)

Fall at Farnsworth

Fall at Farnsworth

This is a painting of some fall leaves that were lying on the stone steps of a Metro Park near my home. I cropped the picture to put the emphasis on the leaves. Leaves are one of my favorite subjects to paint.

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Snowy Hill

by Jim King
(Winston Salem, NC, USA)

This was done with a light sketch and dark contrast next to snow to make it look brighter.

300lb paper

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Red Sails Bribie Island

by Shirley Roma Charlton
(Brisbane Australia)

Red Sails Bribie Island Sunshine Coast.

Red Sails Bribie Island Sunshine Coast.

I went for the day to Bribie Island Sunshine coast- and the was a sailing race on, the red sail boats were from Brisbane it just made a wonderful subject. Painted on Cold Press Arches paper Half Sheet. I have had it framed to Match. A hard subject -

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Fantasy swans

by Linda Crisostomo
(Hercules, CA)

I'm a beginner and learning to use big color washes. I need to work on painting water lily pads. I enjoy watercolor painting and hope to learn more.

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Backyard Waterfall2

by Donna
(PA)

Backyard Waterfall2

Backyard Waterfall2

I am a beginner and appreciate any helpful hints and critique. I painted this waterfall from a few photos in magazines and online.
thank you,
donna

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Flying Home

by Lynne
(Canada)

I painted this after masking the birds and sea foam. I splattered masking fluid for the sea spray. After removing the masking fluid, I softened the edges of the foam with a damp brush and retouched the foam. I could have done the painting without masking but I think it was easier to use it and keep my whites crisp.

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WAITING FOR THE GREAT SPIRIT

by BARBARA ANTHONY
(CARROLLTON, OH)

The scenery is reflective of Colorado-a photo from my brother. I decided to put a lone buffalo at the end of his life waiting for the Great Spirit to come. I used a little gesso after painting to include breath from his nostrils in the frigid Colorado air.

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Dawn Watch

by Shirley Roma Charlton
(Brisbane Australia)

Dawn Watch

Dawn Watch

Byron Bay I went down to the beach with my Dad on his first trip to Australia and it was the most beautiful morning in Byron Bay. It was only later that I mangaed to get a photo of the pelicans. As I had seen them on the beach. This Paitning is on artches cold press watercolour half sheet it is framed and for sale but can be posted anywhere in the world unframed see www.shirleycharlton.com all the proceeds goes to manyowe Villlage in Malawi we are still trying to get them living water.
For all the artists out there keep painting what you love.

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Looking West of Seattle

by Barbara Fenkner
(Bellevue, WA)

I was trying for a more loose technique here, since I usually paint more realistic.

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Seashore Morning

by Lynne
(Canada)

Dreaming of Summer on a Winter's night

Dreaming of Summer on a Winter's night

Painted from an old photograph, I used a lot of color in the sky, water and sand and feel that it brings the original photograph to life. Footprints in the sand are still a problem but improving. I wish I had left them out at this point.

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Morning on Deer River

by Fredericks
(Rural Ontario, east of Peterborough)

Hi Mary Anne. first of all, thank you for the effort and good will which you put into your newsletter. It is a joy to read and to learn ideas from.

This picture was the result of two previous paintings. I painted it plein air, and photographed it, worked on a values sketch...painted it a second time and by then I was comfortable with what was happening and did my final repainting.

This isn't unusual for me, for I find that many of my works evolve, and I am seldom completely happy with my first couple of efforts.

I did a retouch on this one...but it is now hanging in our local art cooperative gallery. I took a toothbrush and did a bit of rubbing out of paint around the whites and this gives it the look of light spray. And I softened some of the hard edges of the foam.

I enjoyed creating the lost edges in the pine tree on the upper right corner. This lets solid elements fade into air and contributes to an ethereal sense.

Best wishes and thanks for giving me the opportunity to post.

Fredericks.

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The Old Mill Stream

by Phil Hilton ,FWS
(Ft Myers, FL)

I referenced a photo, and was challenged by the large amount of green.

I mixed most of the greens with Payne's Gray and yellow, which provided a wide range of values. A little extra blue or brown, and a little yellow ocher added the variety necessary to keep the overall interesting while still being "green."

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Into the Mist

by Lynne
(Canada)

I painted a wet in wet sky and a more structured foreground capturing the mood I was after.

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California girl California beach

by Lynne
(Canada)

California beach California girl

California beach California girl

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 look worse - pasty and muddy. I will have to learn to use lighter colors and darken only if needed.

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Egret at Indian Rocks Beach

by Kathleen Smolinski
(Hartland, Michigan)

Egret at Indian Rocks Beach

Egret at Indian Rocks Beach

Painted on the beach from a photo that I took earlier.

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The Potting Shed

by Lynne
(Canada)

Painting from your imagination

Painting from your imagination

This 8 x 10 watercolor was painted as the cover for our next book "Postcards From The Garden" which will be published next Summer. I had to leave an area in the sky for the title. The little shed is part of the story and painted from my imagination. As with "Postcards From the Sea" all profit from the sale of this book will go to Parkinson's Research. The first book has been printed and will be available shortly.

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Kentucky Memory

by Christi Bunn
(Birmingham, AL)

9 x 12 on 140 lb. Arches cold press

9 x 12 on 140 lb. Arches cold press

I tend to love doing any type of architecture. This is from a picture that a photographer friend took in the mountains of Kentucky. I would love to hear any feedback.

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Fall Color Landscapes

by ketan
(Mumbai, India)

Fall colors

Fall colors

Drawing is my hobby. I have just started working on watercolors. The beauty and freshness of water colors is amazing, but definitely requires totally different techniques from oil or poster colors. I have tried to express my feelings through my paintings. Sharing one of the paintings here.

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GAURDIAN OF THE FLOCK

by Barbara Anthony
(Carrollton, OH)

This is from a photograph of my Great Pyrenese. They were bred to shephard sheep and protect them from wolves, so they were actually raised with the sheep and from that point on they would never leave their side.

This is watercolor on 300lb Arches, which I love to use as I don't have to tape or staple the edges.

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Leeward by Lynne

by Lynne
(Canada)

Leeward

Leeward

I painted this for the cover of a collaborative book "Postcards From The Sea" - a story told in postcards. It is 9" x 12" on 140 lb. acid free paper. The book is comprised of 12 of my original watercolors and 9 original photographs taken by the co author. The story and illustrations are sea themed. It will be published this Summer and the profit will go to research into Parkinson's Disease. I have been learning to paint so I could do this book.

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Snow sunset

by Jim King
(Winston Salem, NC, USA)

One of the characteristics of watercolor wish I love is the way the colors blend together and do their own thing, an in this sky. I painted it wet on wet and tilted the paper till I found the effect I wanted.

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Jim, please resend this image to mike at watercolorpaintingtips dot com

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Tahoe Sunset

by Carol Drummond
(Independence, Ohio)

Tahoe sunset

Tahoe sunset

Every 2 years we have a family reunion, since half of us are out west and half are in Northeast Ohio, the location of the reunion takes turns, and the last one was on the east bank of Lake Tahoe.

We had a beautiful, large mid-century modern house with a great patio and beach on the lake shore. Each night we'd watch the sunset over the lake and mountains beyond. I don't get to paint very often these days, with family, work and all. So I take lots of photos at each reunion and then paint one of them, and use it on the covers of thank you notes from the reunion, and other meaningful cards.

Since I don't paint often, my efforts are probably not very technically good, but it really makes me feel good. I used a canvas board (my friend gave me a stack of them she found in her mom's basement after she died), and watercolors I have stashed away from art school.

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Truckee River California

by Lee Fritch
(Vienna, WV)

Along the Truckee River

Along the Truckee River

In Sept. 2008 I flew with my wife and half-size French easel from my home in West Viginia to eastern California to paint plein air in several locations. The Truckee River is near Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley.

Along this beautiful river is a very active walking/jogging/bike path that makes it easy to find access to good painting spots. This watercolor quarter sheet was done one morning at that river.

I do not like to paint with the sun on my paper or pallet, and usually find a good tree to set up under. This is one of those paintings that fell together almost by itself.

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The Cottage In The Fall

by Lynne
(Canada)

The lake cottage is our family's favorite place to spend Summer holidays. This is an affectionate look at the old house in the Fall when all the other cottagers have gone back to the city. In the quiet, the only sound is the dip of our paddle and the only company are the ducks and loons.

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The Bay

by AnneMarie DeRenard
(LasVegas, NV.)

My Ocean View

My Ocean View

Not having a project ready in class one day, about a month after starting to take a painting class, the instructor handed me a post card and said lets see what u can do with this in an hour. I did my best to work out the scene to fit the small paper I was using, not even heavy watercolor paper so you can see the lines made from the watercolor used. I put this painting in a beautiful frame and it is hung in the entry of my home. I love it.

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House in the fall by Ginny

by Ginny
(Tennessee)

This is my 7th. watercolor painting and mostly I paint with oils, but I did like the watercolor paints and will do more.

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Leaves in a tree

by Amby
(India)

Leaves in a tree

Leaves in a tree

Using analogous colors of Yellow green, Green and Blue Green, this painting was done to bring out the many tints in the leaf mass. For darkening the tree bark and branches, the equivalent complementary colors were employed.

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Beach Walk 20 minute watercolour-Demonstration for Students.

by Shirley Roma Charlton
(Australia)

Beach Walk

Beach Walk

This watercolour took just 20 minutes in a demonstration. I find that if the painting is drawn up well you can paint fast and fresh. I have to admit I did not plan the background but just painted the sea beacase it was darker than the sand where the white clothing of the girl needed to show up.

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gulmarg, kashmir, india1

by Nalini Dilip Desai
(Vadodara, India)

gulmarg, kashmir

gulmarg, kashmir

I painted this painting from a picture taken during a family holiday in kashmir, in 2005. Its a beautiful place and i enjoyed painting the memories. I have done a set of three paintings.

I shall be grateful for your comments on my work, thanks.

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ABANDONED COTTAGE

by BARBARA ANTHONY
(CARROLLTON, OH)

I started out with a light scetch of a cottage and decided to put it on the bank of a lake and make it look abandonded. I just layered color over color until I got the desired affect "vacancy".

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