Making a watercolor is easy.
You need to make a plan, make every part of the picture have a purpose—no dead or muddled zones, create a variety of shapes and don’t repeat yourself, watch the values, try for exciting brushwork, work out the color harmonies, reserve the whites, keep the colors fresh, be careful about perspective, work out the timing, and be aware of the wetness of the paper and thickness of the paint at all times.
That’s all there is to it!
Alex has a BA from American University in Washington, DC with a major in printmaking. After starting a family she ran a business producing custom-drawn silkscreened wall clocks. Her clients included the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center in NYC, the National Wildlife Federation, the NY Botanical Gardens, and the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco. She then designed fundraising graphics for the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA and for six years was the graphic designer for the Stockton Symphony. She worked for the National Park Service for five years designing informational outdoor exhibits for parks all over the US. After retiring in 2014, she rediscovered watercolor painting in 2018, and fell in love with the quirky medium.