A subpainting is a small excerpt of the larger painting, used to solve a problem in isolation, make stylistic choices or try creative alternatives. Think “Crop, don’t shrink!” It’s also a great way to find a quick and easy postcard idea inside a more complex image.
Tips for planning a manageable painting/postcard and coping with a complex subject when sketching on location.
A simple dragonfly postcard, suitable for all experience levels.
A watercolor postcard of lighted Christmas trees at night on a snowy slope.
Paint a hummingbird using basic brushmarks.
Paint a dragonfly using basic brush marks.
Paint a bumblebee on a coneflower using basic brushstrokes.
Painting a cloudy winter sunrise scene in watercolor . Shows how to suggest different cloud layers in the sky by layering (glazing) in your painting.
A simple still life of a glass bowl and lemons in watercolor. In this project you’ll practice laying a multi-colored wash connecting several “objects” into one large shape, and then defining the individual objects with smaller washes along their shared edges.
How to paint a kayaker paddling near a cliff in watercolor. Another simple monochrome “silhouette” painting using the skills learned in the Project 4 section of Watercolor Jumpstart.
Fun and easy halloween postcard with a sense of glowing light.
An introduction to painting glass in watercolor, and a bit more practice with negative painting and soft-edged shadows to show “white” objects.