There’s something to it!


Some form of progress in my watercolour painting.

First of all; this painting is based on a turotial video by Tim Wilmot, just so it’s noted.

And, to be honest, I think this is the first watercolour painting I’ve made where I’ve really worked with different layers.


First of all; there’s a lot with this painting I’m not that pleased with.

The background wash could have had stronger colours. Especially for the water.

I think some of the boats are too dark, and some are too light.

The small shack to the left could have looked a bit more real.

The man could not have ended up transparent.

And so on….

BUT, let’s not dwell on that.

Because this is the first watercolour painting I’ve made that actually looks like a watercolour painting (or, at least, the kind of watercolour painting I want to make).

Since I know nothing about watercolour painting, and the terms used about the different techniques, let’s put it this way:

This is the first time I’ve added a background wash and used it actively in the second layer.

It’s the first time I’ve been able to paint more loosely, and not care too much about the details.

It’s the first time I’ve been able to paint a building that’s got a «watercolour style» to it.

And, not to forget, this is the first painting where I’ve managed to stop in time, and not overwork it.

Right after I finished it, I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not.

Then I left it and came back, and I was able to appreciate a lot of things in it.

Now I’m very excited about getting back to the watercolour paints, as I feel I made a small breakthrough.

Even though the good sessions often are followed by some really poor ones…

But let’s keep at it anyway!

Since I made this painting in the daytime, I also took the opportunity to make a little time-lapse video 🙂

Here it is:

10 kommentarer om “There’s something to it!

    1. No, I haven’t, but it sounds like fun ☺ I don’t know if I have the time to finish it, though. But maybe I’ll work faster then ☺ I’ll definitely check it out!

    1. Thank you, Phil ☺ I’m pleased with the colours, and that I got the water to blend together in that «watercolour way». Excited about taking on the next one ☺

  1. Hi, Kim, you’ve made great strides with this one! If you want a great learning experience, go back and paint this again, keeping in mind what you like and what you wish you had done differently. (It’s so hard to convince people to do this…!)

    1. Thank you, Ruth. I’m glad you think so as well 🙂 I bet that is a good learning experience, and I have to admit that doing it over again doesn’t sound very tempting 😉 I’m working on a couple more paintings right now, but I’ll keep it in mind and maybe pick it up again later on. There are some things I wished I would have done differently. For example using less shadowing for the boats 🙂

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