Monday, December 09, 2013

No new paintings-just thoughts about old ones-and a little thank you!

One of my dear blogfriends, Tito gave me the adress to an artist that has great tutorials of how to paint beautyful sparkling water. I guess he had figured out (thank you Tito -and you were so right!) what I was striving to achieve in some of my water paintings. Joe Dowden is that artist if you would like to have a look.

I LOVE the light in watercolour paintings -I have told you so many times, haven´t I?      :D
And I also love a soft serene feeling in a seascape. I mean when the water and the sky melts together and the horizon is vanished, the colours are soft and not too much. And without harsh lines anywere. Somehow I want to regain the feeling I have when out in nature, looking at the water when the sunlight hits the surface, and I just feel so calm and comfortable and good inside. I want to get a bit of that feeling when looking at a painting, and even more when looking at my own painting. I would love to be able to achieve that! 
I think I gained a bit of that feeling with my painting Sailboats in a calm bay.

Thank you Renate for reminding me to go back to Joe Dowdens tutorials to learn some more    ;)  
Don´t you just LOVE your bloggfriends when they make you stay on the track to learn more stuff!
I have saved his link now amongst other tutorials, down to the right.

On my latest paintings I have tried to get som of the sparkling and light -effects on the water by using sandpaper, as I read about that earlier in another tutorial somewhere. So I have concentrated on sandpaper, and I have been a bit affraid of using masking liquid too much, because sometimes it doesn´t look so good as it tend to make big lumbs of white. But I guess I have to practise applying it in different ways, more according to Joe. And as he tought me; use large contrasts to make the light stand out. Darker colours beside the whites.

I want to thank all of my wonderful blogfriends for spending your precious time here in my blog. It means alot to me! I try to get around to all of your blogs too, leaving a line so you know I´ve had a look at your beautyful and inspiring art. If I happen to have missed a post I allways try to scroll down to have a look when I do get there! Love you my arty friends -thank you for being there!


  1. Catharina - I think you really did capture the light and the serene feeling in your painting. I guess though just as in life we can always learn something new and grow - now I will go see what Joe can teach me. Take care friend and have a great day.

  2. Thank you for your blogfriendship too, Catharina, I always enjoy visiting your blog and read about your watercolour adventures! Thank you for sharing the link to Joe Dowdens tutorials, his sparkling water is really amazing. Have a great day!

  3. I watched some Joe Dowden tutorials last year, he did explain things very well. Having blogging friends to share tips and places for advice is great and is what this friendship is all about

  4. I agree on the amazing support system we have through blogging. I am thankful for it too and enjoy visiting your blog! l will have a look at Tito's link suggestion. I am not familiar with Joe Dowden's work-thank you for sharing it!

  5. Thank you all for visiting my little space! :)


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