Saturday, July 30, 2011

Benefits of having an artist's online portfolio website

I have just posted an article on the benefits of an artist having an online portfolio website. I also discuss some options for creating such a website from the use of free software such as Blogger for creating a blog, through to how to make a website with free or low cost software like WordPress which has your own unique web name or url.

If you would like to read it you can find it at : Websites for Artists

Happy Painting

Joe Cartwright

Sunday, July 24, 2011

His and Hers

His and Hers
This is my most recent watercolor painting. It was painted on Arches Cold Press watercolor paper, 300 g.s.m.weight. Its painted size is 27cm x 37cm.

The painting was done as a commission for a lady to give to her husband for their anniversary. They met many years ago when they parked their boats next to one another.  His is the one on the left..

Because of the message to the painting, I left out all other boats and buildings and am very happy with the final result.

I will be publishing this painting as a demonstration on my watercolor painting site in the future.

Happy painting,

Joe Cartwright

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Victoria Bridge Penrith Australia

This is a watercolor painting of a river scene I finished on the weekend.
It is painted on a quarter sheet of Arches Cold Press, 300 gsm paper.
The painting is primarily of the reflections, the bridge itself is not that inspiring by the reflections were great.
As it was a misty morning with the mist just rising, there was not a lot of color around, so this is  basically a tonal painting, which is a subject I naturally gravitate towards.
The small row boat allowed me to add a little color to the scene and also set the location of the painting, as there is a rowing club near this bridge.

Happy painting,

Joe Cartwright

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Free Reference Photos for Artists

I have recently found a site which provides copyright free photos for artists to use as references for their painting. In fact they encourage their use and the photographers like to see the artists results.

If you are interested in having a look the web address is : Paint My Photo

The site has been created by watercolor artist Roy Simmons.

I hope you find it useful.

Happy painting,

Joe Cartwright

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Reflections and Shadows when Painting with Watercolors

Figure 1: Reflections of buildings and boats, Mevagissey, Cornwall, UK

I have just posted an article on my Painting With Watercolors web site covering the topic of shadows and reflections with watercolor.

It is not meant to be an exhaustive article but more one that covers some point I have found students often have difficulty with their watercolor painting of these subjects.

I have just recently returned from a five week overseas trip during which I collected some very useful photographs on the subject of reflections and shadows which I have included in the article.

The article can be found here: Painting reflections and shadows

Happy painting,

Joe Cartwright