Watercolor Painting Tips:
You need to select a value pattern
for your watercolor painting. In the above
watercolor painting I use a large dark with
a smaller white form overlapping the larger
darker area. This is a value pattern I use a
lot. You only need two or three different
value patterns to do hundred's of watercolor
paintings. So pick one or two you like and
stick with them for a while. visit
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painting design information.
Sketch your pattern on your watercolor paper and wet both sides
completely until they are soaked. Either stretch the paper
beforehand or add clamps on the sides of your backboard to hold
the paper as it dries and shrinks. This will stretch the paper
as you paint. The paper will dry in 12 to 15 minutes. You
painting should be finished by the time the paper completely
Paint your sky using variation and gradation and start
adding foliage to your middle ground. Use fresh paint each time
you pick up paint from the pallet to keep the colors glowing as
they mix. Also
do your mixing on the paper. Put one color say yellow on
the wet paper and then add blue and watch the green colors
explode on the wet paper. This is a very exciting painting
Even though paintings are completed in less than 30 minutes, the
painting pace is very relaxed.
Change the color often to add variety in color. Doesn't
matter what color you use, just something
different from the last application.
Use symbols for trees, rocks, buildings, etc.
Never paint what you see, unless it's a landmark and needs to be
painted that way for recognition. Develop your own set of
symbols for things. This will make you unique as an artist.
Be sure to vary the size, color and value of your shapes or
symbols. The secret is utilizing correct design principles.
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designing your paintings.
now the paper is dry and all you need to do is add the
foreground water and you are finished. The water should be done
in the fewest number of brush strokes possible. Three to five
brush strokes for an ocean!
- This is not a rushed process. It's very
casual and relaxed method!
It's So Easy, Anyone Can Do
Artist's Comments On Roy
Fuller's Method Of
"Roy Fuller's watercolor
works exude a freshness born
of great speed. This
fleetness of touch can only
be made when the painter's
mark is sure and with a
conviction of the shape to
be made with a minimum of
- "Roy's work is very
nice...loose, fresh, and
"Your work is wonderful and
"refreshing". You capture
the true essence of the
- ".....Very impressive!"
- "Really like your
watercolors, the colors are
so pure and transparent."
“Good extemporaneous use of
color and wet technique…..”