1. I’ve browsed your blog a bit, and I do love your style of painting. I’m definitely going to follow, and thank you, too, for following my blog! I am open to any advice you want to share.


      2. Thank you so much for following my blog, and I really appreciate that you like my painting style. I am glad I found your blog: Your posts are very interesting. Since I only paint with watercolors, I hope my advice will be helpful to you. Do you have a specific question?

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      3. I’m just open to any advice or suggestions that may come to your mind as you view my paintings, or any thoughts from personal experience you might want to share. Thank you again for being part of my art journey.

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      4. OK, I had to think about it for a while and here is what I came up with:

        Don’t paint when you’re angry, tired and/or hungry.

        Cut back on the number of paints in your palette. If you find you’re constantly dipping into the same color, try to ban it from your palette for a while. This helps you to get out of the color rut.

        Paint what you see. Don’t paint from memory (unless you are blessed with good spatial awareness).

        If you struggle with a certain subject, try to trick your mind into thinking it’s something else and not terribly important.

        Try to keep all your paintings and lay them out twice a year to see where you’ve made progress.

        Keep the “ugly” paintings: Write what you don’t like about them on the back. This helps you to be more aware of your actions.

        If you’re not happy with your painting, put it aside. Paint the same subject up to 5 times before moving on to another subject. Try not to beat yourself up if it doesn’t work out. Maybe it’s just not “you”. Example: I struggle with perspective drawings and spatial perception. So, I know I will never be an architectural painter, and I’ve made peace with my artistic shortcomings.

        If you notice that a painting goes wrong from the start, it’s better to start over instead of trying to fix it (watercolor is such an unforgiving medium).

        There is no shame in tracing certain subjects (from your own reference material, that is) that are otherwise too daunting to sketch freehand. Example: I read in one of your blog posts that you weren’t happy with a barn you’ve painted in one of your landscapes. Maybe tracing it would’ve solved the problem. Nevertheless, sketch as much as you can.

        Watch tutorials and read instruction books but never try to copy another artist. I love watching Graeme Stevenson’s Colour in Your Life YouTube series while painting. Some artists give great advice.

        Judith, I hope some of these general tips were somewhat helpful. Have fun with your next painting!


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      5. Thank you so much for all the tips. I especially like the idea of making notes on the back of a painting, and getting them out and reviewing them is something I do enjoy. It feels good when I can see progress. Thank you so much for taking time to share these valuable insights.

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