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Read about the history, materials and techniques of watercolor painting on Wikipedia.

WaterColor Technique

How to Watercolor

Sketch Pad: How to Paint a Quick Watercolor

Painting in Watercolors "Moose" by Warrick Holfeld

"This painting took me 30+ hours to complete, and was done only using watercolors.
1 minute of video equals about 8 hours of painting. Size: 19"x30""

Watercolor Artist Dick Grodt Visits Jackson Elementary

Nationally recognized artist Dick Grodt works with students at Jackson Elementary in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, 22, 2009. Grodt is a native of Iowa and returned to teach a watercolor class and share wisdom with the kids about determination, rising above difficulties and respect for differences.

2nd Grade - Castles and Color

The many blocks that make up the castle were used to explore color mixing. Introduced in this lesson was wet on wet painting techniques. After filling a block with clean water the student then took a brush loaded with color and touched the wetted paper...the rapidly spreading color was fun to watch and then fun to manipulate by adding other colors. Not all blocks had to use wet on wet though.

2nd Grade - Castles and Color from Emma Craib on Vimeo.

Watercolor salt technique

Demonstration of salt application on watercolor paper


Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Newell Wyeth (born July 12, 1917) is an American realist painter, also known as regional art. He is one of the best-known of the 20th century and sometimes referred to as the "Painter of the People" due to his popularity with the American public.

Tess's Tree - Drawing Tess

Watch illustrator Peter H. Reynolds talk about his inspiration for Tess and see how he creates her.

J:M:W: Turner

Go to the J: M: W: Turner page on ISOCS's Create & Express blog to learn about Turner's life and paintings.

Web pages

Tate Britain

Water Color Techniques, Turner Paintings at the Tate

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851
Mont Pilatus: Sunset  1841
Mont Pilatus: Sunset 1841

The Bay of Uri on Lake Lucerne, from Brunnen  circa 1841-2
The Bay of Uri on Lake Lucerne, from Brunnen circa 1841-2

Read about these paintings at the Tate's web page
Look at Turner's paintings with this web page.

Famous Artists: Watercolor masters


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John James Audubon

Paul Klee

Paul Cézanne

Edward Hopper

Georgia O'Keeffe

Winslow Homer

George Inness

Symphony in Red

Here's an interesting video while we're thinking about water. It's an advertisement for a Symphony Orchestra in Germany, and has won several awards. The words below the video are part of the video's description on its Vimeo page. The word "lions" refers to the
Cannes Lions 2008 Film Bronze award which the video won.

KHD SYMPHONY IN RED from Sehsucht™ on Vimeo.

We also know how to work it the other way round. What looks like 3D-blood was filmed in real life. Out of consideration for the part-time vegetarians among us, we quickly abstained from the idea of making use of the resource „porc blood“. Instead, fish tanks of all sizes and red liquids in all consistencies were obtained and the toilet was turned into our experimental lab. Eager to compete with any science fair, we pipetted, poured, shook , whirled and messed around until the right colour followed the dance the director wanted it to. John Neumeier it was to be, no chainsaw massacre... With lyric fragility the real life sequences were choreograqhed to the virtous sounds of Fail Soy...
In our view, blood does not just flow: it performs pirouettes, arabèsques - par terre or dans l’air, chassé, frappé, glissé...And that is that. We will stop copying from the grand encyclopedia of ballet.

We take a bow and say thank you for the lion.

Client: Konzerthaus Dortmund-Philharmonie für Westfalen
Director: Niko Tziopanos
Production Company: SEHSUCHT GmbH
Creative Director: Sascha Hanke, Timm Hanebeck
Animation: Niko Tziopanos, Alexander Heyer, Martin Hess
Producer: Andreas Coutsoumbelis
Music Composition: Fazil Say

Agency: Jung von Matt AG

One Reviewer wrote:
"The shoot took place in the less than opulent surroundings of the vestibule in the WC at the Sehsucht studio. A small aquarium was set up and the team spent a good deal of R&D team testing oils, inks and playing with the water consistency by introducing washing-up liquid.
"Now, I know the approach is not a new one and many film students / motion houses have created some work using similar techniques. But the results Sehsucht have come up with are in an altogether different class to anything I’ve seen created in this way before. What struck me first was the bind between the music by Fazil Say and the pace and movement Sehsucht achieve. There is a definite evolution to the piece that is based upon the three acts of ‘exposition, confrontation and epilogue’ that Sehsucht drew from Fazil’s music. I find the in-camera results, particularly the lighting in the liquid to be absolutely exquisite. The liquid formation and dissolution of the typography is again, straight out of the top drawer. As you’ll see, the team do introduce CG elements into the piece such as the human form appearing near the end, but they fit so seemlessly into the spot that it’s almost impossible to tell them apart from the in-camera work." (link)

Click on the link to see several other videos with "Highly artistic diffusion of paint and water"