View Full Version : Playing Around with Watercolour - Duelling Watercolours with Hypotaxis

07-29-2013, 03:52 PM
Another fun quickie, just messing around. I didn't get the canvas texture cranked up enough....


07-29-2013, 04:17 PM
I really like the quick watercolour sketches Robyn. Great!


07-29-2013, 05:04 PM
Thanks Brett! Here's another one. The view from our front yard on a misty morning. Just trying to get some textures going, the trees being in the centre of the canvas is a bit annoying.


07-29-2013, 08:06 PM
Again, really good, Robyn. Pity you didn't pick somewhere beautiful to live :-)


07-29-2013, 08:44 PM
We're very lucky ... perched on top of a hill, with 360 views for miles. Gets windy though! :)

07-29-2013, 10:16 PM
I love watercolors and Yours are so nice!

07-29-2013, 11:41 PM
These are both terrific and I cannot make up my mind which one I like best as they are so good. well done:)

07-30-2013, 10:04 AM
Robin, these are great watercolors

Mairzie Dotes
07-30-2013, 11:18 AM
The kitten is absolutely precious and the landscape seems air spun
with a forever view. Lovely watercolors! :D

07-30-2013, 11:40 AM
Thank you Caesar, Pat, Katie and Mairzie Dotes! We're having fun. This is this morning's, based loosely on a photo I took at Inverloch beach. 45 minutes. Click on it to enlarge a bit. :)


07-30-2013, 11:52 AM
Wonderful Robyn! I will make a reply in this watercolour "conversation" later. I am making vegetable stock for mushroom soup at the moment.


07-30-2013, 02:51 PM
Great watercolours, Robyn :):):)

07-30-2013, 03:10 PM
Didn't have much time today :-)



07-30-2013, 03:44 PM
That's a ripper Brett! I love your rough lines. :)

I'm waiting for a phone call, so this is a really quick one! I quite like it! The last one lacked colour and was a bit dreary, so I thought I would splash some around.

Not all watercolour, mostly a bit of blended pencil with a wash over and under it, but still has that feel.

I just love our eucalyptus blossoms. This one is from near our letter box.


07-30-2013, 04:20 PM
hypotaxis and Robyn looks like your having fun and they all look great, I'll be peaking in :)

07-30-2013, 06:54 PM
I guess You use more than just one layer. Anyway Your watercolors look so credible and Your artistic sensitivity and mastery are top class! Love them!:D:D:D:D:D
About our duelling invitation I would attach what I stated on Brett's thread too " I'm a watercolors lover, but I would never dare duelling with two champs like You; I would feel like a cub between two majestic lions!":eek::o

07-30-2013, 09:03 PM
C'mon Caesar, you can do it! We're just kitty cats really! Just get in there and splash it around! :D :D :D

Re: layers.... yes, I use lots of layers, merge down, blend, more layers, and more again.

07-30-2013, 09:20 PM
Robyn, these are gorgeous! Now I am in the mood to do watercolors! I've been in a slump really after my last drawing. These are beautiful and inspirational.

07-30-2013, 09:31 PM
Yes! C'mon Caesar. We're just sweet little kitties. Miou! Seriously join us it would be very cool!

Use as many layers as you like no rules.


07-30-2013, 09:39 PM
Excellent Alexandra! It's got me moving too! Look forward to seeing one of yours! xx

07-30-2013, 10:47 PM
This is done with inkpen and stickers. Not too much watercolour except the background :-)



07-30-2013, 11:50 PM
Brilliant! Really strong design and gorgeous colours! I'm off to bed for a well earned sleep....... I'll have another crack in the morning. zzzzz


07-31-2013, 01:57 AM
I followed Your invitation and, as told You, I'm evidently a clumsy rookie with ArtRage watercolors ... here's the confirmation alas.
Mouse made, single layer.

07-31-2013, 07:34 AM
I think that's wonderful, Caesar! It's soft moodiness is just my style and it really gives the feel of being in a huge empty resonant building.

Let's have more!!


Marilyn Anne
07-31-2013, 08:00 AM
I love watercolors and each one of these paintings tell a wonderful story of great immediacy and muted colors. How fresh and alive they all are. Good for you.

07-31-2013, 08:06 AM
Good work Caesar! Great perspective and a variety of soft colours gives a simple subject a quiet impact. It is difficult to get watercolours to do what you want, especially digitally, but that also makes it quite exciting. :cool:

07-31-2013, 08:52 AM
The irises are just starting to bloom in our garden. Spring is just around the corner. Now if we can only get the ground to hold still!

This is the only one I'll have time for today. This one really is watercolours :-)



07-31-2013, 10:21 AM
Irises are so elegant and inspiring, as your painting is Brett. These quickies are great fun!

I have the dentist this morning, so will come home and relax and have a play. :) :)

07-31-2013, 06:10 PM
I'm not too sure about this one, but there are sections I quite like.


07-31-2013, 10:24 PM
So many wonderful watercolours and so varied. Thought I would have a go but watercolours and me dont seem to work.
Just thought you would like to see how inept I am with a watercolour brush lol:)

08-01-2013, 01:18 AM
Thank You dear Brett and Robyn for Your encouraging words. Congratulations also for the new artpieces! I'm glad that Katie too dived into this thread boldly and bravely led by the two initial challengers-masters.

08-01-2013, 08:35 AM
Katie, I think that's a really good effort! The sky is soft and entirely convincing, and the sloping hills are very good. Keep going! :)


I decided my Fuchsias in their entirety was a bit 'yawn', especially on a small screen, so I have cropped a lot out.


08-02-2013, 01:40 AM
I want in! I couldn't paint anything for a while, was completely buried under work. I set aside some time yesterday though and had a go at watercolour birds. Effects below. I need more practice, I've got an image in my head how it should look, but can't quite make it happen yet. I also realised just now how poor the composition of the one with the 3 birds is, I was focusing on the birds and didn't center it correctly.


EDIT: Taking the three little birds down, will try to get a more centered version up soonish.

08-02-2013, 08:32 AM
I love your little birds Mirithiar! You can recenter them if you like, or crop a smidge of the side. Either way, you're getting in and having a go. I really like the first one. Waiting for your next painting! :) :)

08-02-2013, 08:58 AM
Hey this thread is really cool. If you let me I'd really like to join :rolleyes:

08-02-2013, 09:35 AM
You don't have to ask! :)

08-02-2013, 09:45 AM
Ok than I am in. ;):D Just have to start first.

08-02-2013, 01:06 PM
OK, another one. Trying to get back to the original premise. I've just had a huge tooth out and my head is beginning to spin, so I'll stop this one before I wreck it.


08-02-2013, 01:09 PM
So here's my one, funny tool....

08-02-2013, 01:19 PM
Wonderful painting Robyn. Love its palette.

08-02-2013, 01:32 PM
That's a beauty Belvrog. It's amazing how everyone gets something different out of a particular medium style. :cool:

08-02-2013, 04:54 PM
Wow Robyn! That is wonderful. so simple and touching (silly word, but the best I can do!).

Sorry about the tooth, I had two wisdom teeth out at the beginning of the year. Not good.

I like the painting Belvrog! Like motion and the palette and the watery maiden.

I haven't forgotten you guys, I'm running flat out at the moment. Eight people for dinner tomorrow (I do all the cooking at our house, which I love!) and some psych work has come up and some design work. So it's busy. I thought I was retired :-)

I'll post after the weekend, I hope, but next week doesn't look much quieter. Choir gig coming up at the beginning of next month and then a week off and onto Schubert's mass in G. Yes!!


08-02-2013, 05:47 PM
It sounds like your life is full of all things inspiring Brett! Gosh, it would be nice to have someone else do the cooking for a change.

Soft foods for me tonight! The shock of the anesthetic wearing off took its toll for a time, but there is now light at the end of the 'Tunnel of Pain'!

08-02-2013, 07:45 PM
What a delightful thread indeed!
Congratulations to Mirithiar, Belvrog and, once more, to Robyn-Copespeak for their absolutely lovable recent artpieces!

08-02-2013, 07:57 PM
I want in! I couldn't paint anything for a while, was completely buried under work. I set aside some time yesterday though and had a go at watercolour birds. Effects below. I need more practice, I've got an image in my head how it should look, but can't quite make it happen yet. I also realised just now how poor the composition of the one with the 3 birds is, I was focusing on the birds and didn't center it correctly.

These are great. I really like the first one too.


08-02-2013, 08:48 PM
Thanks for the kind words to those who commented on my little birds :)

I really love paintings in this thread, Belvrog, the one you added (the, hm, lady) has such great textures! I need to work on that and the flow and bleed of the paint. This thread provides motivation, like many others on the forum.

copespeak, hope the tooth (or rather lack of it) is not bothering you too much. They can be annoying little buggers even when they are not there anymore.

08-02-2013, 09:17 PM
Thanks Caesar for coming in and warming up the thread with your generosity and lovely comments. You are such an asset to the forum.

Mirithiar, I didn't really want to lose this tooth, but an grateful for the remainder! At least it's down at the back and won't spoil my smile! :D:D :D

The flow and bleed of paint throws up continual challenges, and you have to weigh up trying to emulate natural media or just getting in and messing around. Sometimes it works and sometimes it bombs.

08-02-2013, 10:58 PM
Your watercolors are fantastic. Good work!

08-03-2013, 02:42 AM
Love you're playing with watercolors...

08-03-2013, 01:10 PM
Just time to squeeze in thirty minute quickie!




08-03-2013, 01:19 PM
To get you in the mood for your 8 dinner guests tonight Brett? Lovely rich colours and textures. :cool:

08-03-2013, 01:37 PM
I have fully enjoyed so many beautiful watercolor painting in this thread. I never can manage well on that tool. Seeing these made me want to do some. Smiles.

I especially like Robyn's misty landscape, Brett's Japanese dream, beautiful color palette, and that awesome portrait that blue/green, my favorite, Belvrog, feel the mood on her facial expression. Smiles. :)

08-03-2013, 04:23 PM
Thanks for popping in Pai. Maybe do one too? I'd love to see you apply your unique style to WC! :)

08-03-2013, 04:51 PM
Great wc effect in your lovely paintings Robyn, Brett, Caesar, Mirithair and Belvrog

Here's my effort , not to watery looking but I'll keep trying :D


08-03-2013, 05:26 PM
IMHO that's very watercolourey Jean! Lovely mountains and sky! :cool:

08-04-2013, 02:13 AM
My two favourite are belvrogs and copespeaks blossoms ,

that said , all are very nice.

08-04-2013, 02:26 AM
Wow guys and gals. A lot of wonderful work in this tread. What a treat.

08-04-2013, 07:30 AM
Jean, I like your clouds, they are delicate, yet not shapeless.

Another bird from me - I played with canvas textures lots in this one to see what effects I can get.

Orange-bellied parrot:


08-04-2013, 08:03 AM
Thanks, Robyn

Mirithiar , thanks and love your parrot

08-04-2013, 08:31 AM
Great effort with your parrot Mirithiar! It's quite fascinating the effects you can achieve with canvas adjustments.

I found this link on my Facebook this morning, and am going to have a try to emulate this washing away of colour.


08-05-2013, 09:16 PM
Terrific ones, dear Jean and Mirithiar!
I would humbly add this little mess of mine You'd better look at from some distance to see the landscape a little better. All on one layer and watercolors only, that's probably why it didn't really work.

08-05-2013, 10:18 PM
Wow Caesar! That is great. The watercolour effect is good and the composition is excellent!


08-06-2013, 12:02 AM
Just lovely Caesar! There are areas where you've crisped it up and they work really well. Maybe put a layer in and tighten up a few more lines via that, then merge down and blend. :cool:

08-06-2013, 02:29 AM
Thank You, dear Brett! I shall surrender to the fact that You need some shape framing the areas and one or two more layers to get a better effect out of AR watercolors, although this would mean a more controlled and patient brushwork.

I'm glad it may look almost as a credible watercolor painting, dear Robyn, although I should plan a little to improve the effect and use some learned trick and layer to get a little more texture, transparencies etc. Thank You also for Your helpful suggestion. A pity there isn't also a square WC brush too among the settings.

08-06-2013, 10:18 AM
One of my favourite native birds - The Pukeko. Clumsy and awkward creatures that live in swamps. but they have great beauty and elegance too. (Drawn from a reference photo.)



08-06-2013, 11:19 AM
A beautiful painting Brett! So well done, and some great watercolour effects. Yum!

It's like our Swamp Hen, and I'm so fond of them with their impossibly long toes.

My offering this morning is a rooster from a pic I took at my crazy animal rescue friend's place. He has so many animals and birds my head spins when I visit, but a rich source for paintings. Over the years I have sold lots and lots of rooster/hen paintings, and I love them. I would like to have some here, but my dogs would kill them, so I have to be content with fresh eggs delivered weekly from a neighbour.


08-06-2013, 11:39 AM
Oh Robyn! You are so good at this. The wonderful animation, the lose expressive brush strokes. you can hear him crowing! i admire this enormously.

By comparison mine looks very static and obsessive. It's interesting that the more I begin to understand what painting might be about the stronger the urge grows to go back and lear watercolours on real paper and with real paints. A friend of of mine said the other day "Painting is an enquiry into the nature of things." I think he is, in one way anyway, exactly right.


08-06-2013, 11:50 AM
These are beautiful. I can't wait to try one.

08-06-2013, 12:18 PM
There is something magical about natural watercolours, when the water spreads the pigment and interacts with the paper. It almost as if there's another hand in there doing what it likes and we are just spectators.

I have decided I am going to get out to the studio later this week, crank the heater up, get some paper and paints out.

Of course, doing it digitally seems to work better if I don't think about it too much and just get in there and throw it around. The wonderful thing about digital is that you have an undo button!

08-06-2013, 09:11 PM
Such great painting and Robyn thats fantastic:)

08-06-2013, 09:47 PM
Ohhh, I really like both birds!

I'm working on letting it go with watercolours, I always want to correct stuff and something is lost because of that. Tendency to overdo it when sometimes less is more. Having said all that, now I discovered masking with watercolours... OCD kicking in!

08-07-2013, 10:03 AM
Becoming fond of this thread. Great additions Mirithiar, Caesar, Jean , Brett and Robyn. :cool::cool::cool::cool:
I love that rooster Robyn, so well done !!!

08-08-2013, 10:45 AM
The rooster is fantastic, Robyn :D

08-08-2013, 10:54 AM
That's so beautiful that rooster. Awesome work Robyn.

ok, I will join for a play in watercolor for fun too. All watercolor, an abstract sky reflection ? View it far away, maybe :)


08-08-2013, 11:08 AM
Pai, that's truly beautiful. Your paintings are always very mystical and atmospheric. :cool:

JustJean, thank you! :) :)

08-08-2013, 11:54 AM
LOVE IT, Pai :):)

08-08-2013, 10:27 PM
I love this pai!, the depth is just amazing.

Marilyn Anne
08-09-2013, 01:15 AM
He has so much personality and yet so simply done! ThinkI am also a little lost in the multiple posts. Beautiful stormy sky as well.

08-09-2013, 06:03 AM
HI Well I've kicked and cursed but to now avail the water brush sits in the corner like a gremlin just waiting for me to try and when I do try he laughs like a Drain

untill I feel as if its a obstacle Race Im in with hobnailed Boots on But they tell me St George said fight on my boys ( and who the hell is he ??)

faint heart never won fair Lady :D ok is it a Rose Or a Cabbage that is the queston :D:D:D:D:D:D SLAINTE

08-09-2013, 09:10 AM
ok another try but on the IPad this time :D still don't look like a water colour to me even thou i've used w/c paper and the brush :( by the way I put the sun in

coss Bob Ross always said if you want a sun in just bung one in :D :D :D :D :D :D SLAINTE

08-09-2013, 09:21 AM
Your rose is just delightful Eighty! And your landscape has lots of watercolour effects in there. Bung a sun in .... why not!

Well done! :cool:

08-10-2013, 04:01 PM
Wonderful watercolours everyone! It's great to see them.

Some flowers from Brett!


08-10-2013, 06:03 PM
Boy Brett, you are making me work, as I hope we are enthusing others to have a play as well.

Love the colours in your flowers, and your rough edges? Really good! :) :)

My girlfriend came up yesterday and we both did one from separate pics of her kitten I took a while ago. She's just learning on her Ipad, but left her stylus at home, so she used my HP Notepad/tablet. I won't show you hers as she's not finished yet, but she's got some lovely bits happening. She loves AR!

This is mine.


08-12-2013, 07:23 AM
Robyn, you make it look so easy when it isn't :), love the kitten painting

Brett, some very nice textures in your flowers :)

08-12-2013, 10:55 PM
Love the kitten painting, well done:)