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A Sample of My Art Portfolio in Watercolors

Updated on March 16, 2020
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Later in life, I chose to take a group art lesson in Acrylic painting. I really had never had a lesson before, and decided to go for it!

Icy Look with very early morning sky in November

The Maroon Bells of Colorado in Watercolors: For this painting, I used a sponge brush and some other basic brushes, along with very basic watercolor paint on watercolor paper. It was painted from a photo, but I used artistic license to make it icy.
The Maroon Bells of Colorado in Watercolors: For this painting, I used a sponge brush and some other basic brushes, along with very basic watercolor paint on watercolor paper. It was painted from a photo, but I used artistic license to make it icy. | Source

Watercolors is my second fav type of paint

Over some time, I have learned to experiment with various techniques. One can make a sketch first on watercolor paper, and add values with lights and darks of various colors. Or, one can paint freely by using different types of watercolor brushes.

The work can be done paint on dry or wet paper, depending on the effect desired. One should always consider going from light values to later darker or darkest values, as once the paper has absorbed the color, and dried, it cannot so easily be changed.

[In this regard, working with oil paints is much more forgiving, as one can always paint over it once it has dried.]

I am still learning, and experimenting. I did take one group lesson, but some of the other students in the class being taught by a knowledgeable instructor, were working in oil paints; I being the only one present working in watercolors.

Working along with other artists is fun, but you can also learn a lot on You Tube, and by reading books. But, sooner or later, you have to jump in and get your feet wet, and try.

I find painting with watercolors rewarding, and I hope you do too, or at least learn to appreciate this type of art, and see the beauty and creativity of artists who enjoy this type of work.

Happy painting, or viewing, whichever you prefer!


A Modern Example of Watercolors

This one was done by using only a sponge brush, in almost a cubism style
This one was done by using only a sponge brush, in almost a cubism style | Source
This was done using watercolor like brushes
This was done using watercolor like brushes | Source
This was done in an impressionistic style using crayons.
This was done in an impressionistic style using crayons. | Source
This took numerous going over stages to finish - all done using brushes
This took numerous going over stages to finish - all done using brushes | Source
This took numerous going over stages to finish - all done using brushes
This took numerous going over stages to finish - all done using brushes | Source
This type of bird is very exotic Go on an image browser and type "Bird of Paradise"  You will be amazed!
This type of bird is very exotic Go on an image browser and type "Bird of Paradise" You will be amazed! | Source
This type of bird is very exotic. I fist saw it on the "Planet Earth" tv series. It is found in the jungles  of Papau New  Guinea. Check them out on Bing Images!
This type of bird is very exotic. I fist saw it on the "Planet Earth" tv series. It is found in the jungles of Papau New Guinea. Check them out on Bing Images! | Source

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