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Monday, 28 May 2012

Watercolour in a loose style

I have a technique to share with you  - this post having come about from an idea I had and comments I have received on my Flickr Photostream when I added this painting of apricots.

But the first thing I do is to mix colours ready in my palette giving myself various options for tone from lights to darks:  and for this post I am going to paint an Apple:   

 using a good amount of prepared paint....

Permanent Rose - Alizarin - Cadmium Red

Cadmium Yellow - Aureolin -  Quinacridone Gold

Ultramarine Blue - Sap Green

The thing is, if you have plenty of paint prepared it takes the pressure off and means you can dip into these colours randomly and spontaneously as you feel like it.  You don't have to use them all either, if at the time you just want to keep to a couple of colours then do so, it's your painting.

On this occasion the brush I used was a pointed golden synthetic mop from Rosemary & Co.   - I find it holds the paint well and the point is perfect for detail.  The paper is NOT 140lb 300gsm.

 Wet on dry technique (wet paint on dry paper) and I hope will show how simple and quick these paintings are to do

You will notice that there are hard edges - okay you may want them - but

you can get softer edges

and let me apologise for the shaking camera (I was trying to hold it whilst painting)!


What I didn't add on the video is that you can soften other edges with

clear water before it all dries -

after all that

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I went about this particular watercolour painting


  1. Nice to see your painting process, Ann! The way you paint them make the fruits so juicy!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I like to watch:).

  3. Belo trabalho.... Espectacular....

  4. Hello Ann; nice to hear your voice and see you in action. It can be fun to have a go at making the paint work like this; thanks for showing us your work in action.

  5. Nice Ann and like the paint box.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Hi Ann, nice to see you in action, simple and effective demonstration of watercolor painting. Ciao!

  7. Great tutorial! You make it look so easy (and I KNOW it's not!) The sign of a true artist. Lovely little apple!

  8. I enjoyed watching the videos and picking up some pointers. Thank you.

  9. WOW! Thank You ALL for such great feedback!...You wouldn't believe how nervous I get doing

  10. Excellent tutorial, thanks for sharing, I love learning new techniques,. I like how you make it super easy .I like you painting process.

  11. Ciao Ann, fa sempre piacere avere dei suggerimenti e ti ringrazio.
    Ciao, ciao, Floriana

  12. So glad this post has been enjoyed. :)

  13. That was fun to watch! It's nice to be able to see how different people paint.

  14. Thanks for posting these videos! For self-taught folks like myself it's always fun to get a free lesson! I love the look of these paintings with no pen outlines. I tend to outline everything, but this will be a refreshing change to try!

    1. It always helps to see how others work Lisa. I find by not outlining, that it loosens up my work more.

  15. Love those apricots , they look so fresh, and thanks for showing your technic , always like to see my blogger fiends in action :-) xx

  16. can't wait to come back and watch the video, already late for work!!! the peach is sooooooooooooo beautiful.
    cheers, dana


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