Having Fun Playing with Paints

Painting exercise

After having been away from watercoloring on a regular basis for most of the past 30-years, I’m slowly getting back into the rhythm of painting again, though it’s not without some fits and starts. The biggest issue for me is setting aside a regular block of time to do so, and sticking with it — as I have many other things to do during the course of the day.

One way to ease back into painting is to find course books — or how-to volumes — on watercoloring and to follow along with them. The above painting is one of those, an exercise that I’m doing along with the text that I’ve been reading — “The Ultimate Watercolor Course: Simple Techniques to Paint Like the Pros” published by Reader’s Digest. I discovered this impressive hardbound course book at the local library by pure accident, and was so impressed with the contents that I bought a used copy for myself from off of Amazon for less than $20US, which you can find here.

What did I find so useful about this book? Well, it’s one of the very few that I’ve ever found that takes the aspiring watercolorist from the absolute beginner-level to advanced techniques within just one volume, as if the reader were attending an actual class on watercoloring. Also, it doesn’t contain a lot of fluff; each two-page spread is a concise new lesson, with printed examples and exercises. The book is large, lavishly illustrated on slick paper, and contains roughly 140 lessons.

Having never had any formal training in watercolor, I’ve found this book to be invaluable for helping me further my skills, so I highly recommend it to others.

Image info:
Painting exercise
February 2021
Schmincke Horadam watercolors
Indian 100% cotton rag 300 lb paper — 4” x 6”

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