Back from tutorials

After what’s been a good watercolour period using tutorial videos, I decided it was time to do one all by myself again.

This time I had three specific tasks in mind:

  1. Choose a (quite) simple scene to paint
  2. Don’t spend too much time doing details
  3. Keep the painting loose

So I chose a photo we took in Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia a few years back, which looked like this:

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

In this scene the boats are pretty much the objects to focus on, with a nice contrast in the trees in the back.

So I set to work, doing a wash:

The wash

The colours I used may have been a little too bright, and the trees in the back got a bit more dominating than I intended.

Anyway, then I did the final layer:

Dinghies in Koh Rong Samloem

What bothers me about this painting is that after all those tutorials, learning to paint in a loose style, I still can’t do it.

Also, the shadows are non-existent, and the poor blend of colours make it look flat.

I’ve also added way too many details. Both the water, sand, boats and trees should have been more cohesive, blending together in a natural way.

I’ll need to challenge myself to be able to paint in a looser style.

So let’s hope I’ll do better in my next attempt 🙂

6 kommentarer om “Back from tutorials

  1. Hi Kim! I like your painting a lot. And I do think the foliage is already quite loose as in: you didn’t attempt to paint every single leaf. I think it takes years of practice to be able to paint loosely. It’s like in Karate Kid: you need to wash that car first😂

    1. Thanks, Laureen 🙂

      I guess you have a point there, it just looks so cartoonish…

      There’s such a difference between my paintings and the loose paintings of more skilled painters, but I just can’t put my finger on what it is that makes the difference most of the time.

      But I know practice is the only way to get there, so I’ll wash that car and paint the fence 😉

  2. I rather like it. Usually, if I paint five pictures, only two are worthy. Some of the masters threw seven out of ten away. You need to get used to the idea that watercolour is the most difficult, and not every picture will work out. The positive is in the attitude which you have. Cheers. P. S. Try starting with light wash and add layers. The ‘glaze’ techniques as professionals call it. If. Or try a different artist’s tutorial. Lots on YouTube. 👏👍😁

    1. Thank you, Anna 🙂

      Yes, there are certainly quite a few paintings in between the best ones 😀

      Watercolour is so unforgiving, so there’s usually lots of mistakes in every one of them.

      I have been using two layers on most of the paintings. One wash, which I try to keep light, and a second layer with the darker shades. I guess I could try doing some more layers, and see where it takes me 🙂

  3. Hey!
    A new wonderful picture! I like the colours and the scenery.

    A great effect you would get if you set the horizon not in the centric. Do you know the rule of thrids? Wikipedia:

    At the moment I’m at the same process with my pictures. Ok, I can’t paint such wonderful watercolor picture without lines like you…, but to see the design of a work, use the rules like “rules of thrids” it’s very hard for me.

    I hope I can help you a little bit. I like your pictures!

    Have a great week


    1. Thank you, Moony 🙂
      I really enjoyed our stay at the island, so it was nice to relive it again through the painting 🙂

      I know the rule of thirds from when I learned about photography, but I haven’t really used it in paintings. A brilliant tip! 🙂

      A great week to you, as well 🙂

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