Autmun colours Mount Wilson, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Mt Wilson Autumn watercolour painting by Joe Cartwright

This is a watercolour painting I started just before my wife and I took a three week trip to the Australian outback. I finished it on the weekend. It was an interesting challenge to paint all that green in with the bright autumn colours and I am very happy with the result. Watercolour landscape painting […]

Right attitude when watercolour painting

The first watercolour painting I did in class.

I often hear people say that watercolour painting is really difficult or that it takes years to learn. Even so I find some students can get very upset with themselves when they do not quickly start producing good work. They look at other peoples’ work and wonder why theirs hasn’t gone so well. So what […]

How to flatten watercolour paper that is cockled or wrinkled

How to flatten watercolour paper to remove cockles

If you do not stretch your watercolour paper you will usually find that your paper has cockled (the creasing or wrinkling of a surface) or warped during painting to a varying degree and when you try to frame it your painting will not sit flat on its mat. I have a technique I use to […]

Most Important Watercolour Painting Ingredients

Bay of Fires watercolour painting by Joe Cartwright

So what are the two most important ingredients for watercolour painting? Well it is not the paint or pigments, its water and time! Obviously the quality of the watercolour paper, brushes and paints you use will be important to your painting success but without a thorough understanding of water and what happens to it over […]

Beach sunset watercolour demonstration

Watercolour painting of sunset reflections on wet sandy beach with pebbles

Just finished uploading my latest watercolour landscape painting demonstration on my PaintingWithWatercolors website. The demonstration is of a moody sunset on a pebbly beach with strong reflections of light and figures. You can view the demonstration from the above menu or by clicking this link:¬†Atmospheric beach sunset with figures and reflections. Happy painting, Joe Cartwright […]