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06-24-2017, 02:38 PM
I have started watercolour’s classes 3 weeks ago. I have had my third lessonyesterday.

With the watercolour classes, I am learning the notion of values, composition.
I have a depth perception trouble, ergo perspective is a laborious, and difficult thing to me. I tend to "neglect" proportions, as well.

Anyhow, this is my Beginnings Journal / Follow-up, whatever you prefer to name it. I try to make something everyday. Sometimes my pains will not allow me do it, sometimes my will is not there. But I try.

I consider all of these sketches, watercolours, doodlings, and so to be just watchable. I am a perfectionist who is aware that perfection will never be achievable. Nevertheless, I can only see what is not well, in all I have done,so far. I will certainly learn, at some point, to pay attention to what I didwell, too.

My aim, with this thread is to learn from your comments. Thank you very much for taking the time.

My first watercolour – Holbein Watercolour painting – Boesner (french shop brand) watercolour paper

Two variations on Lokhta paper (Tibet. Not an easy paper), and Holbein watercolour painting


Sketches of Oporto, and Doha. Moleskine Watercolour Paper – Windsor & Newton watercolour painting.



All the following exercises were made on Khadi paper (cotton ragindianmade paper. Does not like to be too wet), using Holbein, Windsor & Newton, and Daler Rowney watercolour painting.



From yesterday’s class – ClairefontaineCold Pressed paper, and Rembrandt watercolour paintings.


06-24-2017, 04:12 PM
Hi Maria!!!! my very first advice to you would be to use the same paper for all of your trials and paintings because each paper acts differently to water and paint and it will be very hard for you to learn the proper ratio of water to paint since some papers let the water sit on top and some soak it right in.

I don't know if you can get Arches 140 cold pressed paper there, if not use Winsor Newton 140 cold pressed, both very reliable papers.

My second advice would be to get yourself a mat to place in front of the painting when you stop to see what how you are doing. You'll be amazed how much better a painting looks with it.

Yes, perspective is hard:)

Considering you have only painted such a short time you have made big strides already. Good job on the forest, water and reflections.

Love your village and city scapes.

The paint seems a bit thick on the first two fruit paintings and when you put a cast shadow you need to bring some of the fruit colour into the gray, especially near the fruit.

Love your last fruit painting!!

Well done and keep going!!!


06-24-2017, 04:23 PM
Thank you so much for all your advices, Uschi.

What is a mat? Do you mean a kind of a grid square? Or a view catcher?

The Clairefontaine paper, and the Boesner are the one I use for classes. They are A4 size.

The others are my watercolour books - B5 and A6, and I like using them. Also they helpe for proportion, and reducing a scene. But will try to use them less.

I don't have Arches. But have Galatea, and another one (I have to see what it is). I shall try to use these for my exercises.

06-24-2017, 04:42 PM
A great start Maria! Especially like the lemon, and the small one of Oporto, you got some of the shadows on the shaded sides of the buildings. As Uschi said, a little colour of the object, in this case yellow, with the grey of the shadow is good. I do agree that using the same paper will help you to learn faster. All of us have some learning to do when we switch papers, even when experienced.

Keep them coming!

06-25-2017, 02:58 AM
A mat is a cardboard mount with an aperture for the painting. Putting a mat around the painting isolates it and usually improves the look tremendously. Try taping a border around your paper before painting to leave a white border. You could even get a larger piece of watercolour paper and divide it into painting areas with tape before you start.

I find the river scenes a bit disconcerting when they haven't got a level surface in the distance.


06-25-2017, 04:35 AM
An excellent start. Since you have problems with perspective and depth, you might want to skip those type of paintings and deal with the flowers, fruit, still life - which you've shown you do so well. As your painting skills improve, you can tackle the more difficult paintings.

The small sketch of the yellow buildings is my favorite here.

06-25-2017, 08:07 AM
The boat and the trees are gorgeous! I love the one with the buildings that looks unfinished, it is really a neat sketch! Love the juicy lemons. I think a different color background like green or blue would have enhanced the beautiful flowers.

06-25-2017, 09:06 AM
Thank you all for your comments, and advices.

Linda, I hate that orange colour for the background of the flowers. I think it takes away some of the flower's fragility. The teacher made us all use orange - she is somewhat authoritarian, and does not let much to liberty of expression. She also has these stopped truths, which belong only to her: animal fur brushes (I refuse to use them) are the only ones she thinks can do correct watercolours. I use Escoda Ultimo, synthetic travel set. They are extremely well done, and perfomant. She never tried this quality of synthetic brushes, but says synthetics are not good!!!
I am trying to find a colour that would really please me more, and will change the background.

One detail I forgot: all was done using a waterbrush.
Only the landscape (first watercolour), and the flowers we made using Escoda Ultimo #12, 10 and 4.

06-25-2017, 10:12 AM
Hi Maria! You're certainly off to a great start! Your sketches on the moleskin are excellent. Like the others, I do feel as though you'd benefit from working on a single type of paper. Arches is a good choice because it has a very nice *hard* surface due to the good quality of its sizing.

Unfortunately, your Teacher doesn't seem to be teaching, but leading you down her own path. Take from her what works in your own process and the chock up the rest to what you know isn't right for your work. It's a shame...

My advice to my Students is that the background is just that... back.ground. Using colours that draw attention changes the nature of the depth of field, flattening it out.

I also feel that focusing on those subjects you love and practicing them will begin to strengthen you skills in all techniques.

Mostly... have fun!

06-25-2017, 10:45 AM
Unfortunately, your Teacher doesn't seem to be teaching, but leading you down her own path. Take from her what works in your own process and the chock up the rest to what you know isn't right for your work. It's a shame...

I absolutely agree with you, Char.
The thing is, she is determined that at the end of the class (1h30), every one of us will leave with a finished painting.
We are 4, which should allow us to have an excellent teaching. Well, it is not the case.
I am quite frustated because I don't mind if I end the class with an unfinished painting, as long as I have understood the technics, what I am doing, and that the ensemble meets my aesthetical criteria (which is not the case for the flowers).But I am the sole leave in the tree. They all know eachother, and what they want is to spend a moment, not alone, and doing somehing pleasant. Which is fine by me, but I believe a teacher has to meat, more or less, the students expectations - some have more, others have less. The ones compensate for the others.
Bt, I don't want to make waves, neither, otherwise there will be a confrontational atmosphere, and that is not good to anyone.

You must know that where I live,it is a very prized region, and extremely, extremely expensive. All is expensive. To show you the degree of it:
Some years ago a group of artists made tiny hermetically closed cans. They were labeled LUBERON'S AIR, and they sold them at 20€ (expensive, of course);:lol:

My financial possibilities do not allow me to offer myself another teacher (and there are not many, where I live), for the moment. I shall take all I can of what she can give me, that I don't know, will put aside what I don't agree with (I shall never allow for her to chose a colour that has nothing to do with me), and when I will need to have an upgraded teaching, I will ponder about it, when the time comes.

Edit -In the meantime, I am extremely grateful to all of you, members of the WC, who encourage me, correct me, advise me, and thus helping me growing as a futur watercolourist.

Re-edit:Today, just did 2 small sketches.


Que Sera
06-26-2017, 07:10 PM
Your sketches are lovely!

06-27-2017, 03:34 AM
Thank you, Que Sera. You are too kind.

Garden Maker
06-28-2017, 01:06 PM
I think you have a great attitude about your less-than-helpful teacher - take what you can and ignore the rest. Like the orange background - you might not like the color but you learned how to do it. Next time, pick your own colors! :)

I like your latest sketches very much. The building on the hill where the colors made the ink bleed a little is wonderful!

06-29-2017, 02:03 AM
Thank you, Sharie:)

06-29-2017, 11:20 AM
Yesterday I went to Arles, to see Annie Leibovitz's exhibit, for the second time.
The event takes place at the Luma Foundation. The building was designed by Franck Gehry, and is still Under contruction (and for a good moment still, I think).
I have made some photos with my photo, and have no idea where the cord is. I had to make photos I my photos:lol: Sketching is complicated:lol: I still have trouble with perspective, and angles, but little by little, I will get over it.:)





06-29-2017, 11:32 AM
Nice sketch but the building looks very industrial.


06-29-2017, 12:16 PM
Thank you, Doug.

Yes, it is quite industrial - it is a Gehry.
Here is what it will be like, once finished (as you can see, they have only started).

06-29-2017, 01:06 PM
Maria you are so brave! I would never have the nerve to try to sketch either of these subjects! Great job!

06-29-2017, 02:02 PM
Linda, you are too kind.

I am ceertain you would be able to do very well.

06-30-2017, 04:54 AM
Gosh you are choosing difficult subjects Maria, and doing very well too.

06-30-2017, 08:10 AM
Gosh you are choosing difficult subjects Maria, and doing very well too.

I agree with what Lulu said!!

06-30-2017, 02:11 PM
Thank you Lulu, thank you Uschi.:)

You have more loving eyes than I do:lol: .

06-30-2017, 11:09 PM
WowieZowie, Maria! Your sketches are filling your book up quickly and beautifully! I love the garlic and oil. And your building really is a brave sketch!

07-01-2017, 12:03 AM
Great sketches Maria. I agree with others that it is brave of you to attempt to sketch this building.

07-01-2017, 02:50 AM
Thank you, Char and Sandra. You are kind:) .

07-01-2017, 12:49 PM
My first human figure (it took me a lot of erasing to achieve it).
Skater at Cavaillon, next to a very modern building (yes, I like that:wink2: ).


07-01-2017, 12:58 PM
Very imaginative subject Maria.


07-01-2017, 01:21 PM
Thank you, Doug.
I stayed a long moment, observing them, not like those who can sketch this kind of scene in 10 minutes, or less. I am not there, yet.:)

07-02-2017, 09:59 AM
Today's sketch. I felt like travelling:wink2:

Reference photo.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jul-2017/2010201-DSCF4044.JPG Today's sketch. I felt like travelling.


07-02-2017, 11:04 AM
Super sketch Maria, I love your choice of subjects.


07-02-2017, 03:12 PM
Wow Maria! Your sketch of the oriental market is outstanding! I love the subject, it is wonderful in every way!

07-02-2017, 07:03 PM
Oh my what fun! You are working diligently, good job. I like the first piece you posted with the water and woods :)

07-03-2017, 04:08 AM
Thank you Doug, Linda and eyepaint, for your kind commets. It is nice to have them, and they help me to improve.:)

07-04-2017, 07:05 AM
I love the way you've made the Asian scene 'your own', Maria, really eye-catching. Worthy of a wall!


07-04-2017, 01:08 PM
Too exagerated, Belle:lol: . But I am glad you like it.:)

07-05-2017, 01:30 PM
Good evening.

I have been playing with Van Gogh's watercolour painting.
I have watered it quite a bit. The result is that on my Moleskine A6 watercolour book, the sketches looks as a comics page. :wink2:

Reference photo


Reference photo


I amquite ashamed of this wteercolour, and hesitated before posting it. I decided to post it, because that is how I can improve, thanks to your sincere coments.
I know some of the mistakes I made, namely with angles, nt playing with the whites, and the lack, or too much shadows, the thickness of my lines, etc.
Your turn, now.:wink2:


07-05-2017, 02:07 PM
There's no better way to learn, copying the masters is a long tradition.

Well done.

You might find gouache is a more suitable medium for copying oil paintings.


07-05-2017, 03:05 PM
Maria you are too hard in yourself! These look just as nice as a lot of other very enjoyable Urban sketches! I think by its very nature most such sketches look a bit cartoon like. Because they are never going to look exactly like a photo! The colored pencil artists slave away trying for the hyper-realistic look most of the time. The Urban sketchers are totally the opposite. I think they are all terrific, I would be proud of them, and you would love them if anyone else had done them too!

07-05-2017, 04:52 PM
Linda, the urban sketches I find funny. That is fine. It is the muffin's watercolour I am ashamed of. But I would, nevertheless, appreciate expert watercolourists to comment on my mistakes.

I am sorry, Doug, but I think you wanted to reply to another thread, no? But if it is to this one you intended to respond, I apologize but I do not understand.:o

07-05-2017, 04:54 PM
I appear to have misread your Van Gogh reference Maria :rolleyes:


07-05-2017, 04:57 PM
It is late, Doug.:lol:

I understand, now:wink2:

07-06-2017, 11:41 AM
Quick study, before trying to do the real watercolour.


07-06-2017, 11:25 PM
Beautiful sketches, Maria. I can definitely see improvement in your watercolor sketches. With Van Gogh watercolors, are you talking about paintings or Van Gogh watercolors?

07-07-2017, 03:10 AM
Thank you, Sandra, I appreciate.

I am talking about the Van Gogh watercolours set. I obviously made a language mistake, ergo Doug's confusion, too.

I have been playing with my watercolor's set. Vibrant coours. I think they are perfect for comic's, and children's illustrations. But I am having fun with.

07-10-2017, 04:42 AM
I haven't been much active concerning painting. I want to paint everyday, but the will is not there, sometimes, or the time lacks, for others. Anyhow, I have doe some drawings, that only wait for the colour to come to them.
I have achieved to finally do the study's flower, even if I find it looks very stif, and some doodling.

The final flower, in the A6 sketch book.


Playing with colours, and forms



07-10-2017, 08:17 AM
At the market


07-10-2017, 10:13 AM
Wheee! Love the colours :)

07-10-2017, 10:15 AM
Gorgeous stuff, Maria! I love those abstractions! Your iris is really pretty and the veggies look yummy in their bright colours.

07-10-2017, 12:23 PM
Thank you, eyepaint.:)

Thank you, Char, I really appreciate it.

It is the Van Gogh's painting set that has those bright colours. I am really having fun with.:wink2:

Munin Raven
07-10-2017, 01:30 PM
Lovely little sketches. You seem to be finding your groove with the watercolours. It's nice to hear you are having fun with them.

07-10-2017, 02:37 PM
Thank you, Munin Raven.

I have perused your sketch blog: respect!:thumbsup:

07-11-2017, 02:56 AM
Wet on Wet.

Maybe I shoud have made the green line thicker, no? And put a little yellow in the white line?


07-11-2017, 04:22 AM
Looks fine to me Maria.


Scene Chaser
07-11-2017, 05:57 AM
Wonderful iris painting, Maria.

07-11-2017, 06:03 AM
Love the fabulous colour in the market painting, it just sings!

The watermelon is making me sorry that our season has passed.
You could vary the line size if you wanted to, thicker lines come forward, finer recedes, but really depends on what you want.
Keep having fun. :heart:

07-11-2017, 07:23 AM
I haven't been here for a while and am amazed at the progress you are making Maria. Am really enjoying all the different subjects you are tackling.

Great stuff!!! and the Iris is lovely and well done!!


07-11-2017, 07:43 AM
What a very beautiful flower!

07-11-2017, 08:35 AM
Maria, watermelon is my Husband's favourite fruit! He can buy it in chunks, already cleaned, from our grocery store. I would like to see more green at the upper end of your watermelon half. Your washy red is perfect for the colour and the seeds are placed just as they should be.

07-11-2017, 09:12 AM
Very nicely done Maria, I like your colour sense. The iris is lovely and your washes in the watermelon exactly right! I agree, perhaps a little more green rind, but it is lovely as is.

07-11-2017, 10:36 AM
Thank you all for coming here.:)

Thank you Doug, Bill, Linda, and Uschi.

Thank you Lynn, Char, and Lulu. I agree with you in what the green part is concerned. I wanted to have a little white around some of the seed, too. But this paper (Galathea), as Arches, tends to rapidly absorb the colour, so I could not retrieve some red.
Instead of spoiling this one (yes, yes), to correct the green, I will make another one. It is a good exercise.
Char, I love very very cold watermelon.:)

07-11-2017, 10:44 AM
PS - Thank yo for the iris.
I wanted more shades, but failed to do it, though.

07-13-2017, 01:40 PM
Linda, ith all the talking about rocks, reminded me what a great raining subject rocks are, and howw nice they can be. So, today a sketch on rocks.:wink2:


07-13-2017, 01:45 PM
Cool Maria! What sort of rocks were you painting? Where are these?

07-13-2017, 02:01 PM
Hi Linda. Thank you.

They are limestone rocks. They are next to the castle we restaure (the association), remember? I don't have a smartphone (only a small old one) so I couldn't make a reference photo. I hadn't previewed sketching, actually.

Edit - I should try and photograph the sketches from a bigger distance. The phot is too close:rolleyes:

07-14-2017, 04:17 AM
More rocks.
Thank you, Linda, it is really great fun. And it allow me to understand many a thing when using wet on wet.:)


07-14-2017, 04:31 AM
I wated to change the photo, on my previous post, because I change slightly the rock place at the bottom left of the page. Impossible to erase the other photo. So, here it is - the final page.


Monastic Bat
07-14-2017, 10:07 AM
Hello Maria, your rock sketched are interesting and well done. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

07-14-2017, 01:04 PM
Thank you, Greg. You are too kind.

Trying to understand shadowing (not sur I do:lol: ). It is a long path.:wink2:

07-16-2017, 05:36 AM
Watercolorable graphite




Vivien Maloney
07-18-2017, 04:04 PM
Maria - I see a huge improvement with your sketches, so well done with that!

Rocks have form like anything else you sketch. Look at the direction of the light hitting the subject. Where the highest part of your subject is, (the part thats nearest to the light) thats where the light hits it the most - the highlight. And the darkest part will be the part thats turned the furtherest from the light. So push your lights and darks (especially your darks) and that will give you the form of the rocks you want. Hope this helps.

07-18-2017, 04:20 PM
Nice rocks Maria! Also look closely for bedding planes, the direction, thickness, etc that the layers of rock are in (usually near horizontal for sedimentary rocks). Most artists seem to just notice the overall surface weathering and major fractures, at least the ones not just doing imaginary brown and black blobs like some of the famous TV artists!

07-19-2017, 06:08 AM
Thank you, Vivien for the precious advice.

Dear Linda, thank you, too for your geologist's insight. I will follow your advice when I will seriouly paint a rock landscape.
For now, I am still struggling with all the basics of drawing, and watercolouring. And for this precise exercise, shadowing (not easy, for me).

07-19-2017, 10:47 AM
Viv and Linda have good suggestions :)

07-19-2017, 10:58 AM
And I take them:wink2:

07-25-2017, 12:03 PM
Have been too busy, so no time to draw, or paint. And sometimes the mood is not there, to my despair.

Two sketches I did the other day, using a sort of chinese kraft paper. As you can see from the first sketch, this paper can only have one side of the sheet used - see the marks?:evil:



Scene Chaser
07-25-2017, 12:30 PM
Two very nice sketches, Maria. I'm a fan of architectural subjects.

07-26-2017, 09:54 AM
Thank you very much, Bill.

I love architecture.

07-27-2017, 01:05 AM
Love your rock studies Maria xx Your work is wonderful..

07-28-2017, 10:07 AM
Thank you, JJ. thank you fro coming by, too.:heart:

Just a little hibiscus flower. i am afraid I haven't been able to do much (and I don't seem to be able to include the image in the right position:rolleyes: ).

07-29-2017, 06:54 AM
Lovely flower painting! I am also really impressed by your handwriting, looks so elegant!

Monastic Bat
07-29-2017, 11:34 AM
Very nice Maria. I like this one a lot.

07-29-2017, 12:05 PM
So delicate :)

Scene Chaser
07-29-2017, 04:36 PM
it's lovely, Maria.

07-30-2017, 04:22 AM
Thank you so much, Otherworld, Greg, Eyepaint and Bill. It is very kind of you. :)

Yesterday I did some drawing, to be watercoloured later, and a small sketch.
The latter is important to me, because it is the first time I draw a person and that it doesn't look as if it was stiff, and lifeless.



07-30-2017, 05:00 AM
Love the floral sketches Maria.


07-30-2017, 07:48 AM
Your drawings are wonderful Maria :heart:

07-30-2017, 09:26 AM
Your sketches are terrific. I really like your floral with its flowing curves and curlicues! Your figure is not stiff and uninteresting... just the opposite. She's also well done.

Monastic Bat
07-30-2017, 09:29 AM
All are very nice. I think the figure is the better of the group.

07-30-2017, 11:02 AM
I like the pre-colour iris and the figure :)

07-30-2017, 11:23 AM
you've made a good start :) and now it's just practice practice practice :) plus classes and feedback from your tutor, looking at artists work etc

07-31-2017, 04:49 AM
Thank you a lot to all your kind coments. It means a lot to me. And helps me to improve, by keep doing it. :)

Vhere I don't have a tutor. The person who teaches watercolour does not deserve that title. I will, however, one day, find a tutor.

Scene Chaser
07-31-2017, 05:59 AM
A nice figure painting, Maria, and the drawings are teasing me. I'm looking forward to the completed paintings.

08-02-2017, 03:23 AM
Thank you, Bill.:)

I did some doodling, and drawing, and a little sketch.





Scene Chaser
08-02-2017, 06:33 AM
Nice drawings, Maria. Love the Iris and parrots.

08-02-2017, 08:27 AM
Maria, I love your little quilt! Some 40+ years ago, my dearest Grandmother knitted little squares using up her bits of yarn. When she accumulated enough of them, she edged them together and then attached them to a lined flannelette backing. This little knitted quilt became the pram cover for all my children. I still have it.

08-02-2017, 09:54 AM
Wonderful sketches Maria! They all are very unique and lovely.

08-02-2017, 10:32 AM
Some 40+ years ago, my dearest Grandmother knitted little squares using up her bits of yarn. When she accumulated enough of them, she edged them together and then attached them to a lined flannelette backing. This little knitted quilt became the pram cover for all my children.


08-03-2017, 04:57 PM
Thank you Bill and Darla.
Thank you Char.
I am glad I was able to remind you of your quilt, and that you were willing enough to share this sweet story with us.

08-05-2017, 01:31 PM
Today's sketching.

The are oranges, and greens I don't seem to achieve to appear in the photo.
It seems to me there is some shading missing.


Munin Raven
08-05-2017, 02:14 PM
Great additions. the parrots are looking very fine. Will we see a colour version soon? You have nice handwriting too. :)

Scene Chaser
08-05-2017, 08:37 PM
This is a nice sketch, Maria. The complimentary colour of orange is purple, so that would make a nice shadow for the melons.

08-05-2017, 08:44 PM
Love the birds, paint that one next! And the eggplants (aubergenes)....the melons are terrific, that would make a great poster!!!

08-06-2017, 10:31 AM
I love the eggplant painting! Think you captured the essence of the object well. The orange painting is very interesting, but the dark lines on the oranges seem too abrupt and make it harder to see that you are painting oranges.

08-06-2017, 10:42 AM
They are melons (the melons of Cavaillon are like that, and are quite known), otherwolder - I see I have a lot of progress to make.:lol:

What I meant by orange, is the orange hues I introduced in the yellow. We cannot see it in the photography, unfortunately.

08-06-2017, 11:45 AM
Thank you all for your comments. I appreciate it.:)

This is today's one.


Scene Chaser
08-06-2017, 04:28 PM
Beautiful shapes, Maria.

08-10-2017, 07:13 AM
Thank you, Bill.


Scene Chaser
08-10-2017, 07:40 AM
I like the various foliage, Maria. The sky shows a very warm day, which I would expect. Keep them coming.

08-11-2017, 08:03 PM
Love the iris flower! It's interesting that you used such muted colors.

Munin Raven
08-12-2017, 02:03 PM
I really like the latest one. it's like a cruise ship with a sci-fi dorsal fin and flippers attached. Still hoping for the parrots in colour. :)

08-19-2017, 10:52 AM
Thank you, Bill, Otherworlder and Munin. I truly appreciate your incentive words.:)

Otherworlder, The background of the iris is actually a dark green (but I cannot get to have the colours right on the photo!)

Munin, great imagination. I see my "Beurk" little ship otherwise.:lol:

Learning, or trying to.;)
Quick made landscapes, and still life



08-19-2017, 12:15 PM
I like the two very different moods of your quick landscapes: one bright and peaceful, the other one stormy and ominous!

08-21-2017, 04:04 AM
Thank you, Raindrop.
Ominous - that is really kind of you :)

Oriental doodling

At the mall. Out from the past

At the Ocher Quarries

From http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Aug-2017/2010201-DSCF4209.JPG the terrasse

08-21-2017, 04:13 AM
I see oriental figures in your doodles Maria, the ochre cliffs and terrace view are excellent.


08-22-2017, 02:17 PM
Thank you, Doug. Yes, that is why I called it oriental doodling.;)

Thumbnails to practice the amount of water, mainly, and my drawing hand.
The first thumbnail is repeated, but It is nicer to have the total sheet.

At the decoration shop, themed "decoration of the world"


08-22-2017, 03:26 PM
#1: I like the contrast between the first two panels (peaceful and cool) and the punaise!
#2 & #3: great colours!

Scene Chaser
08-22-2017, 08:27 PM
Maria, some wonderful sketches. Love the colors and subject.

Munin Raven
08-26-2017, 10:28 AM
Lovely sketches... particularly the landscape studies, and oriental quickies. :thumbsup:

08-27-2017, 05:42 AM
Thank yu so much, Bill, Raindrop and Munin.

I have been lazy nowadays. Nothing but some doodling, to make my hand steadier. :rolleyes:




Munin Raven
08-27-2017, 02:30 PM
I find doodling, or super quick sketches can often yield some understanding of a subject that I may not have arrived at, had I chosen to spend more time. I think it's to do with training your subconscious, or something.

Keep up the very nice noodling! :thumbsup:

Scene Chaser
08-27-2017, 02:42 PM
Love the doodling, Maria. It is good practice.

08-27-2017, 03:54 PM
It's so pretty! The last one reminds me of the lovely traditional stitching on the edge of table cloth.

08-27-2017, 05:04 PM
I find doodling, or super quick sketches can often yield some understanding of a subject that I may not have arrived at, had I chosen to spend more time. I think it's to do with training your subconscious, or something.


(would be nice to get more understanding of things .... one day ... :) )

Monastic Bat
08-29-2017, 11:50 AM
Yes indeed, keep on doodling. These are all nice little sketches. I like the oriental doodles but I really like the last two Floral doodles. I like the colors and composition, well done. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

09-04-2017, 06:07 AM
Thank you very much for your so kind and enthusiastic words. :heart:

I haven't done anything lately, expect some thumbnails.
I like the one on the top right side, but all the others, especially the larger one, I am really not happy with. They are childish, and lack volume (?), life (?) :crying:


09-04-2017, 06:19 AM
For just 3 weeks of training, I think you have done really really well..my only feedback is that the edges of your painting could be much more sharper.

09-04-2017, 06:35 AM
A great idea Mari. If you tape off the sheet before starting it will give clean borders and you can frame the set.


09-12-2017, 02:05 AM
Beautiful paintings Maria.

09-12-2017, 03:34 AM
Oh, I missed that one! I like the thumbnails, it's such a great way to produce quick, varied studies. I'll second Doug's suggestion of masking the edges with tape.

Joan T
09-12-2017, 05:22 PM
Maria, you have some really lovely sketches. I went back quite a few pages to try to catch up. Love the one of the Chinese lanterns and the sketch of the crate of pumpkins. Nice work!

09-14-2017, 06:10 AM
Thank you a lot Asifshaik, Doug, Sandra, Raindrop and Joan.
I would not think one second to frame the thumbnails: they are not an achievement, just a study. And not a very good one.

Joan, the pumpkins are Cavaillon Melons (as written). They look like this, in reality: MELONS DE CAVAILLON (https://www.google.fr/search?q=melons+de+cavaillon&client=firefox-b-ab&dcr=0&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiEvrvEtqTWAhWIbFAKHfzxAGAQ_AUICigB&biw=1280&bih=583)
I have a lot of progress to make, I see that:lol: :lol:

A rocky landscape study, I did the other day. Pen and ink, and waterbrush.


Yesterday I achieved to do this, and am still astonished how it came out. I have never got to do a proper face!:eek:


09-14-2017, 07:44 AM
Honestly Maria, you need to get some decent paper, the paper wrinkles are ruining your paintings.


09-14-2017, 07:50 AM
:lol: :lol:
You are right, Doug.

I do have decent paper, but love the texture and softness of this japanese paper. Oddly enough it doesn't look so wrinkled in real, as in the photo (photos tend to let the bad side of things to appear best).
I will try to iron it;)Enregistrer

09-22-2017, 09:03 AM
I have done some landscape "comics" style. It will help me to "make" my hand, and work values.


Another portrait, using watercolour paper, this time, Doug;) :)
I find it a little "stif", compared to my previous one.:crying:
Doing and learning.


09-22-2017, 10:42 AM
Lovely colours, Maria!

Munin Raven
09-22-2017, 01:12 PM
Really enjoying the thumbnails and landscape work. :thumbsup:

09-22-2017, 01:35 PM
How was the experience working on good quality paper, Maria?


Joan T
09-22-2017, 06:17 PM
Your ink and wash portraits are really nice. I agree with Doug that you need to work on better paper so it showcases your work better. Your ink and watercolor landscapes look like they are on coasters. What did you use?

09-23-2017, 04:26 AM
Thank you all for your kind words.

Doug, I use watercolour paper often. All I do is not posted.

Joan, the little landscapes, as the bearded portrait, are made on Atelier du Papier's Val de Sorgue, watercolour paper. A lady I know gives me the "rests" of her cutted sheets, and gives them coaster shapes, because that is what suits them. But they are not coasters.

Please be aware this thread is a "learning follow-up", and not only concerning watercolour.
I try to improve my drawing skills (and I have a lot of work to do), and make my hand steadier.
I like to experiment, and that includes papers. Like I said before, when I start a sketch, I don't know what will come out of it, and if it is going to be a "watchable" sketch. Sometimes it is a good sketch, in a not so good paper, sometimes it is a bad sketch in a good paper.
Experimenting, and learning.;)

I thank you all for the nice, sincere, and really helpful comments you all provide me, and that, believe it, make me progress, too.:)Enregistrer

09-27-2017, 08:04 AM


My first cat (feline?) drawing:)


09-27-2017, 09:01 AM
Exploring a variety of subjects helps you to focus on where you really want to take your art. Your portraits are lovely and well done. The line work is interesting.

Joan T
09-27-2017, 10:23 PM
Nice portraits of the man and the cat! How great that someone saves their remaining wc pieces of paper for you. I usually turn mine into small paintings or ATC sized ones. I like the idea of the rounded edges.

09-29-2017, 09:59 AM
Lovely ink and wash sketches! The cat has such a cool and smug expression lol.

09-29-2017, 12:33 PM
Good portraits, full of character :-)

Munin Raven
09-30-2017, 12:38 PM
Cool little sketches. They seem just the right size to have fun with.

10-06-2017, 04:49 AM
Thank you so much, Char, Joan, Otherworlder, Raindrop and Munin.:)

Quick doodling, and another "comics style" landscap




Started, and still to be finished, at yesterday's watercolour class


10-06-2017, 06:16 AM
You are taking great strides Maria, love how your leaves are coming on.

I never ink the clouds in my pen and ink sketches.


10-06-2017, 11:30 AM
Autumn is here, and its great colours have been captured in your sketchbook! :thumbsup:

10-12-2017, 09:55 AM
Thank you very much, Doug and Raindrop.

Yesterday's class. To be finished next wednesday.

Monastic Bat
10-12-2017, 01:25 PM
So far this is very, very nice. I look forward to seeing the finished piece

10-12-2017, 02:57 PM
I like the sense of depth / layers of leaves.

10-13-2017, 02:57 PM
Love the last leaf painting, it's so realistic and the colors are so gorgeous!

10-14-2017, 11:13 AM
Thank you very much, Gregg, Raindrop and Otherwolder.
I am quite satisfiedon how the leaves are going. I hope Iwill be as concentrated, next class, and continue working well on it.

Some watercolour studies I have been doing, during several weeks - some on plein air painting.
Quite childish, at moments. But well, I consider them as studies,not watercolours. They help me with the hand steadiness (not easy), angles, perspective, and mainly, trying to control wetness - I still have great difficulty with it).





10-14-2017, 11:25 AM
Practicing is never time wasted Maria. I think the first one is excellent.


Monastic Bat
10-14-2017, 02:37 PM
These are all nice studies and I agree with Doug, practice is never a waste of. time.

10-14-2017, 05:44 PM
Thank you very much, Doug and Raindrop.

Yesterday's class. To be finished next wednesday.

I enjoy all the colours and detail in these leaves! Wowee!

Joan T
10-23-2017, 05:05 PM
All that practice is paying off. Glad to see you are trying some plein air pieces too. Keep it up!

11-09-2017, 05:00 AM
Thank you so much for you tender eye, and criticism.:)

Finished leaves.



Beginning of another study


11-09-2017, 07:13 AM
You are doing great Maria.


11-13-2017, 11:09 AM
Love those leaves! Can't wait to see the acorn and oak leaves finished. :)

11-13-2017, 01:25 PM
Those leaves are super! Well done! :)

Scene Chaser
11-13-2017, 04:22 PM
Gorgeous leaves, Maria.

Joan T
11-13-2017, 08:51 PM
Maria, your leaves really came out great!

11-17-2017, 10:01 AM
Thank you, Doug, Otherworld, Eyepaint, Bill and Joan. I really appreciate you like it.

I have been lazy these days. Did a little peonia bud to try Two Rivers paper (mindblowing paper, love it! Thank you for the sample, Janine, it was very kind of you:heart: ).


11-17-2017, 04:09 PM
Maria, keep up the good work! I have enjoyed seeing your lovely ones.

11-17-2017, 04:37 PM
Gorgeous, Maria!

Monastic Bat
11-18-2017, 10:11 AM
Maria, I like your landscapes and I really like the peony bud. :thumbsup:


11-21-2017, 05:05 AM
Thank you very much, Kay, Eyepaint and Gregg.:)

Done without preliminary drawing. Poor bird's tail!!:eek:


Working on values (still not an evidence, to me.But, I am working on it.).


11-21-2017, 06:25 AM
Wonderful bird the Cardinal, yes it has a wonky tail.

You need to look at the sun direction on the steps.


11-23-2017, 01:08 PM
Good ones!

Joan T
11-28-2017, 08:30 PM
Nice flower bud and vibrant cardinal!

11-28-2017, 09:10 PM
Great cardinal

12-10-2017, 07:39 AM
Thank you all.

Doug, I don't understand what is wrong with the shadow on the stairs: the light comes from the left side of the photo.

Finished, at last :) :

12-10-2017, 07:40 AM
The light appears to come from the right and is shining on the door, casting a shadow from the wall on the door. The face of the top step is in sunlight but has a small triangular shadow and the face of the bottom step is in shadow. Both these should be in sunlight.

Nice leaf.


12-10-2017, 07:53 AM
The light area on the door is glass - yes, not that well made.
The narrow wall on the right - perpendicular to the door (maybe it is not too clear, in my watercolour) - casts some shadow to the beginning of the steps, and the door.

12-10-2017, 09:32 AM
Very nice work on the oak leaf and acorns. I am enjoyably turning the pages of your journal. Gary

12-10-2017, 10:03 AM
Thank you very much, Gary.:)

12-10-2017, 11:42 AM
Nice bright cardinal, and his tail looks disarranged but not bad. The values sketch has the shadow difficulties but the light seems to be coming from the right, not the left. Interesting. LOVE that oak leaf and acorn painting, that is spectacular. You did get a nice range of values in the blue doorway though.

12-10-2017, 11:44 AM
Oooh the stairs! The acorn and leaf! Wowee! :)

Joan T
12-10-2017, 08:28 PM
Nice job on the acorns and leaf!

Minerva C
01-25-2018, 03:58 AM
Thank you all.

Doug, I don't understand what is wrong with the shadow on the stairs: the light comes from the left side of the photo.

Finished, at last :) :

This is really nice. Beautyfully done!

04-28-2018, 12:30 PM
Thank you all so much for your compliments and advises.

Thank you, Minerva, for the compliment.

Personal reasons took me away from WC. I have, however, achieved to read you all, during this absence, and did some sketches, and watercolouring, too.
Here are some of them.

Thank you for looking.

Doodling, sketching and plen air - trying to simplify what I see (not easy, for me)










Work in progress

04-28-2018, 12:55 PM
Wonderful work Maria, wonderful pen and wash and fruit and vegetables.


04-28-2018, 02:08 PM
Thank you, Doug.:)

04-29-2018, 09:24 AM
Maria, I have only just come across your "Learning Journal" - it's amazing how you have progressed since your first post. I particularly like your botanical studies - such lovely variegated washes of colour. Your dedication to practice is really showing rewards. Keep up the good work.

04-29-2018, 11:53 AM
Thank you very much, Sonia. I really appreciate.

I love botanics, and would like to do some insectss too, later.

I am focusing on mixing the colours, trassparencies, and layer's learning. That is why there areno shadow, yet. I reserve that for later. I have some difficulties with it (isn't it, Doug?:lol: ), and will focus on it, afterwards.

The compliments, corrections, and advises I have here help me progress, too. Thank you all:)

05-13-2018, 04:35 AM
Doodling, experimenting, organising:






05-13-2018, 04:37 AM
Good practice Maria.


05-15-2018, 10:10 AM
Thank you, Doug.
I try, I try, but don't always keep the pace.

I am having a 4 day non-stop sketching with France's Urban Sketchers, beginning of June, for the national sketchcrawl. That is going to be great practice, and learning from others.:)

05-17-2018, 09:22 AM
Nostalgic eyes (or so I tried to).


05-17-2018, 01:42 PM
Back from a walk.


05-21-2018, 06:40 AM
At the museum- Musée Campredon - using my new Yarka watercolours (Russia).
So vibrant!


Quick sketch, with the Yarkas, to try Silberburg 170gr paper, used for Art printing.


05-21-2018, 12:41 PM
Love the juicy colours behind the figures!

05-26-2018, 12:39 PM
Thank you Eyepaint.

A sketch fromone side of the village where I live: Oppède-le-Vieux


05-26-2018, 03:07 PM
very nice Maria...

05-29-2018, 04:32 AM
Thank you, Pesto

Joan T
05-30-2018, 09:08 PM
Maria, you have some really nice sketches here! I love the one of the blue gate and the fact that you left the rest of the sketch without color.

05-30-2018, 10:46 PM
Maria, you have some really nice sketches here! I love the one of the blue gate and the fact that you left the rest of the sketch without color.

Oh my, yes! What Joan said :)

05-31-2018, 02:42 AM
Really enjoy your use of color and the studies of fruits and other small plants is impressive. Also, fantastic and expressive landscape works!

05-31-2018, 03:58 AM
Thank you Joan, Eyepaint and Delo, for your compliments, and encouragement.

I do appreciate, especially when it comes from such artists as you. :)

I am leaving for 4 days of urban sketching. It is the National France Urban Sketcher's gathering.
I hope I will be bring something nice to be shown;)

Joan T
05-31-2018, 04:02 PM
Have a good time at the Urban Sketchers gathering. Are you by any chance going to the Urban Sketching Symposium in Porto in July? I am going.

06-01-2018, 08:20 AM
The sketch of your village makes me want to visit. Well done.

06-07-2018, 08:47 AM
Thank yoou Joan, and Helen.

@Joan - No, unfortunatelly I will not be able to go to Porto.
Don't leave without going to Lello & Irmãos Livraria (bookshop) and to Casa Chinesa.;)

Are you going elsewhere in Europe,or are heading back home straight after?

Done yesterday.


07-06-2018, 06:22 AM
Last watercolour (and end of my watercolour classes. The teacher decided to stop doing it. I am back to watching videos and tutorials).


Some quick sketches




07-06-2018, 07:37 AM
You are doing great Maria, lots of variety.


07-06-2018, 04:47 PM
Delightful landscape Maria and I think your watercolour of the leaves is really beautiful - such lovely blending of colours.

Joan T
07-06-2018, 08:35 PM
Maria, these are really lovely, especially the landscape and the leaves. I am spending 10 days in Porto...a few before the symposium starts and then a few afterward. I hope to maybe get over to Lisbon or another town near Porto. We have a big group going from NY so I'm sure there will be others who want to go too. Then I am flying to Riga, Latvia for my nephew's wedding. I'll be there for 5 days before I come home.

07-07-2018, 01:49 AM
Thank you, Doug for being always here, and your gentle comments.

Thank you, Joan for your lovely advices.

Thank you Sonia for your nice appreciation.

@Joan, I do hope you have a chance to go to Lisbon (my city, always in my heart).
When in Porto, if you go to Livraria Lello, have a go to the shop (next door) A Vida Portuguesa: it is a beautiful 19th century lok shop, and at the second floor you will have a wonderful vue of the Torre dos Clérigos.

Enjoy your Porto, Lisbon and Riga staying. I cannot wait to see all the sketches you will make, and travel with them.:)

08-16-2018, 08:06 AM
Lazily doodling.
Extremely hot around here...:eek:





Munin Raven
08-20-2018, 03:28 PM
Post #173 is an absolute beauty. Actually all your leaf work is so grand. The subtle colour changes you manage is very nice to see. Loving all your little experiments and notes (where given). Your L's are really rather awesome.

Joan T
09-23-2018, 09:43 PM
I love the contrasts of color in the sketch of the houses.

Porto was wonderful and I could have stayed there for weeks if I had the chance. I didn't get to Lisbon...just stayed in Porto and sketched a lot. Will be posting those sketches on my thread. I've finally caught up a bit there.

09-24-2018, 02:18 AM
I look forward to seeing your sketches Joan.


10-01-2018, 05:01 PM
Maria, your watercolor sketches are really improving.

10-21-2018, 12:19 PM
Thank you, Sandra. That is nice of you.

Munin, I really appreciate you like it.

Joan, I am glad you have enjoyed Portugal.

Some sketching. I have not been working at all, not even on botanicals... Having lost my teacher has put me, somehow, off painting, and constancy! Silly me.




Fighting with human bodies!! :(


10-22-2018, 10:46 AM
These sketches look wonderful! Hope they helped you get back to your painting grooves. :)

10-22-2018, 05:40 PM
Oh, don't give up painting even if you don't have your teacher. You're improving each time you paint.

Joan T
10-23-2018, 10:23 PM
I like your still life with the fish and veggies. Nice job on the figures. I agree...don't let the teacher leaving make you give up painting. Just keep painting. The practice is so helpful!

12-03-2018, 04:47 AM
Thank you otherworld, Sandra and Joan for your kind words. And also for your contancy in coming to see my posts.
Soon I will have some more doodlings, and sketches, I hope.

Joan, are you going to Amsterdam, in 2019?

12-03-2018, 10:44 AM
I've just been looking back through this whole thread and am finding it really fascinating and inspiring. It's so interesting to see someone else's learning journey with watercolours.

So much lovely work, Maria. I particularly love some of your botanicals (I started out with botanical art before I branched out into other subjects, so I'm always especially interested in botanicals).

I hope you've adjusted to losing your art teacher and are still feeling enthusiastic about watercolours. I look forward to seeing more. :)

Joan T
12-24-2018, 11:56 AM
Maria, I am hoping to go to the Symposium in Amsterdam in 2019. Are you planning to go?