The Ingredients to a Winning Watercolor

South Texas Watercolor Artist

Like the ingredients to a delicious pie, watercolor paintings require specific ingredients to make them pleasing to the eye. What makes a watercolor work and what doesn’t?

Typically, if the painting doesn’t work, it may be lacking in one or more of the ingredients that I perceive is crucial to painting watercolor.

I. Composition and Drawing

Crucial to good painting is what I would consider the ‘inspiration’ of any painting, which begins with an idea, composition and the visualization of the painting through a solid foundation – the drawing. This usually begins with selecting a subject and composing it in such as way that it creates interest. Selecting a focal point or a few focal points and ‘lead-ins’ to a painting provides interest. By drawing the eye through a painting, it creates interest and a story.

“What you convey in your sketch and composition should be the essence of what…

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