The Basics of Watercolor Painting

Introductory Remarks about Watercolor Painting 

Watercolor painting has played a significant role in the history of art, especially in the so-called “oriental” world.  Ancient cave and rock painting was executed with a water-based paint, the results often resembling those of artists today who work in acrylics.  Egyptian scribes applied watercolor to rolls of papyrus.  The Chinese used rice paper.  Penmanship began to emerge and dominate watercolor media during the Renaissance… (read more)

What Does It Take To Become An Artist?

This is a difficult question to answer.  One reason I wrote all this information was to jot down some thoughts, shuffle them around in my mind, and see whether this might lead to some useful answers for beginner painters. This subject, of course, is a very personal matter.  Each artist will have a different answer.  But some discussion about it may help you come up with an appropriate response… (read more)

My Painting Methodology

I believe the critical element in painting for beginners, and creating good work, is getting into the right mindset… focusing one’s effort… involving yourself fully in the activity of creating something.  The best way to accomplish this, I firmly believe, is to periodically take a sabbatical from your normal daily routine.  This means going to some remote place where your cell-phone can’t operate…  where there’s no media (TV, the internet, etc.) to distract you… where the outside environment is exhilarating… someplace where you can focus ALL your efforts on painting… (read more)

Painting for Beginners: Things to Do

Let me also give you some suggestions about things to do, preparations that will put you in a position to do your best work. I’ll mention as many as come to mind, but there are bound to be others you yourself can identify, simply because they’re more pertinent to you… (read more)

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Douglas Stenhouse also wrote a book about watercolor painting.

“I decided to write about how I paint, not only to share my observations with others, but also, frankly, to do some self- examination. I wish I had done this earlier in my life! But then, how was I to know I’d benefit from doing so, certainly at a time when I had no aspirations of becoming a professional artist.” 

To learn more about Doug’s Watercolor Painting Book and/or purchase a signed copy, click here.

Douglas Simms Stenhouse, watercolor artist, transparent water color art, watercolor painter, painting with water colors