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Below is a chart which gives you a visual reference for the different sizes of brushes. This chart is based on the manufacturers' information that I was able to verify and should be considered as a guide to relative sizes of watercolor brushes.

Unfortunately, because sizes vary slightly from brand to brand, the chart lacks precision… But I hope it helps! Share in on Pinterest! Pin0 You may also notice that small brush sizes increase by increments of 1 for example 1, 2, 3… etc. When you reach size 10, larger brush sizes increase by increments of 2 10, 12, 14… etc.

This isn't an oversight. All of the brush manufacturers that I compared, size their brushes this way. I imagine this is for reasons of economy. You will find that the size of the handles on watercolor brushes is smaller than brushes used for other medium, such as oil or acrylic. This is because a lot of watercolor projects are on a small scale and require detailed work.

The watercolorist holds the brush by the ferrule to achieve greater control, so a large sized handle is not needed. The best way to begin is to get a limited number of versatile brushes capable of performing a wide range of techniques. Consider detail work, wash work, and effects. Smaller round brushes will be needed for detailed work and a large brush is good for broad strokes. So a selection of round brushes will give you the best value small, medium and large.

Brushes need to be good quality because they should hold their shape, hold a good amount of paint or water in their belly, be able to maintain a point, and distribute the medium smoothly. Good brushes are expensive - but if you choose your brushes carefully they will last for a very long time! It is very difficult to obtain good results using badly made brushes.

I have met beginners who were convinced that they lacked ability because they were unable to produce certain painting effects, when in reality their failure was the direct result of the inferior brushes they were attempting to use. Many years ago I struggled because the light shone in from my right with the result that my hand formed a shadow over my work.

While your level of talent will not improve because you have correctly positioned your equipment your level of dexterity will. It's easy to want to have fun and play with watercolor. I use a blind to adjust the brightness. However this is not always possible. Many people have fallen under its magic spell only to learn the hard way that creating traditional paintings is not easy.

Ordinary light globes have the wrong color cast and will trick your eye. I know some of you will find all this somewhat obvious but I wish somebody had shown me some basic rules when I began my journey. If you paint at night you must invest in some "daylight" globes. Why make the difficult act of watercolor painting even harder then it is? I have a purpose-built studio which I designed myself.

You should have enough room so that you can step back and look at your work from some distance. This was knowledge learned the hard way. There's nothing worse than getting paint splatters on that brand new.

I have also seen students spill paint on top of their work because they had their water on one side of their painting and their palette on the other. Think how impossible it would be to keep an eye on your work while your arm is reaching over your painting towards your palette or water bucket. Ergonomics has to do with the efficiency of movement.

Your studio should have plenty of safe storage space for your paper and sketches. You should also have a large mirror that you can use to check any faults that might otherwise escape notice. The light also reflected from my palette so I could not see what I was mixing! That's the beauty of watercolor painting. A large skylight directs light onto my work from my left side. If you do paint in the kitchen at least set yourself up so that everything is ergonomically arranged.

For instance. Remember that the chains of bad habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken! It's quick to set up and pack up. I stand up when doing major washes or large paintings. You must never grip your brush in a white knuckle fashion close to the tip. My studio is also fairly modern and has little resemblance to the old-fashioned.

Always relate the size of your brush to the size of the shape you are painting. All this material must be easily accessible because it is so easy to lose inspiration and momentum at the best of times. I find that I always end up using the floor as well as all the tables for my references. I like to sit most of the time and have a comfortable drafting chair on wheels for that purpose.

If you must use an eraser please use the softest one you can find. This is certainly better than having bands of smudgy marks left by an eraser. There is just one way to hold a brush correctly! You must hold it lightly and as far back up the handle as possible. Easel Your easel should provide a flat surface with a variety of angles.

I quite like to leave pencil lines as part of the finished work. If you prefer to stand while working. Ultimately the studio has to suit the artist's personality and it must be comfortable. First of all.

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Brushes Just like the tyres on your car. Even the best. I have collected many bits of memorabilia while on painting trips and I like looking at them from time to time and reminiscing.

It's quite simply an impossible thing to do. Pencils Your pencils should be of medium hardness such as 2B or 4B because pencils that are too soft tend to smudge and produce dirty drawings. On the other hand. I use a clutch pencil because it stays the same length. How will you cut around any square shapes if your brush has a round tip?

Have a good range of brushes. By the time you have found what you are looking for you will probably be angry enough to tear it into a thousand pieces! Which is certainly not conducive to painting. Most of all. It is imperative to use a beautifully sharpened pencil. It's all so logical.

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Big "O" and. They need not be the most expensive in the shop. It should be sturdy but easily maneuverable. Even your largest brushes must be pointy. I like to listen to music while painting. You are better off with two good brushes than 20 useless ones.

You cannot produce a good drawing with a short. Large brush for targe shapes.

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I find sable brushes too soft and they lose their points quickly. You should restrict erasing to the very minimum or. However pans are great for travel and for making small sketches because they don't spill. Or I use block paper which is already stretched. One day I went out on a painting trip and discovered I had left my palette behind. Not only will cheap colors fade but. They will not flow or mix on the paper and you will miss out on that wonderful watercolor translucency. I have seen countless students trying to work with tiny water containers that barely hold a cup of water.

Some people just can't leave their work at work! If you need to use that old credit card for scraping. download a light board which is easily maneuverable and keep different size paper to suit it. The brush should dance freely across the paper without ever losing freedom of movement and dexterity. Others use a smooth surface to create highly detailed work. You can see my list of colors on the opposite page.

So you need not own every tube ever known to man. That will give you plenty of room to swish the brush around. When you set out to download a palette you'll find there are plenty to choose from.

Whatever makes you comfortable and makes the difficult job of painting watercolors easier. I had to use one of the hubcaps from my car instead!

Another time when short of a palette I picked up a milkshake container from the trash bin and fashioned that into a palette! Nowadays I keep one palette exclusively for outdoor work. Pigment Never ever think of watercolor as paint. Never dab or puddle! Use confident strokes with the outmost economy.

You should always paint without touching the paper with your hand. You need a large water container that will hold at least five pints or more. Water container When I first began to paint so many years ago I used a white dinner plate as part of my equipment. Most of my students seem to have reasonable palettes but I have seen some amazing things. Some artists prefer a rough surface. This gives me the flexibility to range from broad washes to relatively small details. I believe watercolor in tubes is best because it can be used liberally and is gentlest on the brushes.

For outdoor work I simply tape the paper down to my board with some masking tape. Before I paint larger scale work I stretch my paper by soaking it first and then I tape it down with gum tape. After all there are only three colors — red.

Paper Paper type is your choice entirely. You might consider two containers in order to have access to clean water. Miscellaneous items There are other numerous bits and pieces we use when painting and I have certainly seen some peculiar equipment in my time.

The board you use to tape the paper onto must be primed or sealed in some way to prevent staining. Whichever you use don't be too stingy.

Four or five variations of each primary color are enough.

I think most artists own too many tubes of various colors. There was a student who had a full set of dentist's tools by his easel which he used for tiny details. Even the word itself describes it as "water color". The style of painting will determine the type of paper. The surface I seem to use most of the time is medium texture. If you don't do much work on location I strongly advise you to start. I cannot overemphasize the importance of working on location.

If I had to name one single factor that lifted my work away from the ordinary it would be my journeys into the Great Studio Outside. It is crucial. Thank goodness for the ignorance of youth. Watercolor is a perfect medium for this because it is quick and portable. When I judge art competitions it's easy to see which paintings were done exclusively in the studio or done in the studio from photographs.

I watched artists in the movies and thought that was how it was done. Initially I did it out of sheer ignorance. Photographs also give a false impression of color.

To give just one example. But when you do take photographs. It cannot discern mood -unless you are an extremely competent photographer. It is a good idea to park your easel well out of the way of pedestrians. It is imperative to work outdoors from time to time to keep that magic touch alive. In photographs the tonal values are totally skewed. Many people work from photographs. So make on-site sketches and drawings and only take photographs for reference and to jog your memory in the studio.

As usual. It is also important to position your easel where you will be safe. The on-site painting The third and I have to say the most important stage of painting outdoors is trying to complete a presentable painting there and then.

I would run a mile if I saw somebody approaching. It is by far the most difficult but also the most satisfying painting you can do. Many of these sketches have "grown" to become prize-winning paintings. It holds the paper and all other equipment necessary.

Be happy to take home the sizzle and not the steak! You can always add detail later in the comfort of your studio. For this you will need a small paint-box with a few brushes and a sketchbook. It is important to draw as much as possible because time spent observing the subject will result in a well-composed picture. This is a neat briefcase with fold-out legs. It's interesting that nobody would think of bothering the plumber or any other tradesmen while they work! After many years of struggling with easels primarily designed for oil painting I decided to design my own easel specifically for watercolor painting.

Some are done sitting in a car or cafe and others while simply leaning on a lamppost. Every line is precious. Nowadays I meet many people this way because for some reason everybody has to see what you're doing and. The color sketches The second stage of outdoor work involves coloring those drawings or completing rough sketches in paint only. The drawing You require very few items of equipment for drawing outdoors — a sketchbook and some pencils.

In fact. I carry water and my camera in a small shoulder bag. For this you will need some kind of easel and most of your studio equipment but. It is also easier to see your painting in its own right in the studio and judge it on its merits and not against the subject.

I believe drawing is an art form in itself and is very much neglected. I often regret having to cover a lovely drawing with pigment. I carry a briefcase wherever I go that contains all I need to execute a quick sketch. Avoid erasers at all costs.

At first I was very self-conscious when doing this. Don't use a red one. I will go into this in more detail later. I call it recharging the creative batteries. Don't wear sunglasses. If the quality of the light is dull. These excursions will not only produce paintings of high artistic merit but will also inject special qualities into your studio work. This time however. I never meant to include Herman but when the painting was completed it desperately needed something in the foreground.

If the quality of the light is bright you are likely to end up with a vibrant painting full of color and sharp tonal contrast. You must avoid working in full sun because this will dry your painting way too fast.

The true subject of this painting is the morning light. A hat is a must not so much to protect you from sunburn but to stop your eyes from being blinded by the light. Working in strong sunlight will trick you into painting too dark because you will be compensating for the bright light. How will you see the subject and its detail if you are forced to squint?

The wind. To prevent this problem you could do as I do and carry a small white sun umbrella to provide shade. You'll see the same cottage in the middle ground in my mood scale demonstration. When he got home he wondered why his painting looked so cold. He is a true eccentric and makes me laugh endlessly. As soon as I feel it's good enough. As a consequence. I chose a quarter-sheet for this one because it was a good manageable size.

I taped the paper at its perimeter with masking tape onto my Z-easel. The other advantage of painting into the light is that your work will be shaded. This is particularly handy when you are painting extremely complicated shapes. The easel has a work plane that can be adjusted to allow me to paint at several angles.

Here my water. This not only saves time but it allows you to concentrate on the mood. If you paint down the light. Backlighting allows you to eliminate the detail to a great extent. W hen you paint into the light the objects are reduced to a silhouette.

I start to paint. When I paint on location I never paint larger than half-sheet. I don't stretch paper less than full sheet size. You'll see how I did this on pages Ultramarine Blue. Cadmium Red and Cobalt Turquoise. When I feel I have put in enough. When you paint things like this tower. All the shapes must be joined by the flow of the same wash or you will end up with an unrelated and unconnected series of shapes.

This time a barge pulled up in front of me and. I let this dry. I stop.

This is used for sustaining the buildings. This was unloaded with much shouting and help from passers-by.

I am beginning to regret selling paintings done on location because each one has a particular memory of the time spent painting it. Once the major shapes are in place the "jewelry" — the birds.

One could spend hours doing this and it's an easy trap to fall into. You also have to hint at the architectural shapes and darker values within the major shapes while the wash is wet or damp so that these details melt into the wash. I have ruined too many paintings on location by continuing to paint every bit I see.

If you paint such details may have a "stuck on" look about them. These details come last and I am using a rich mix of pure color. You can always add more detail when you return to the studio.

Towards the bottom'l increase the strength and color of the wash to resemble milk consistency. I leave white highlights for future use. I avoid using too many colors because I want to avoid disturbing the harmony. No photograph could tell that story. Any corrections can be done while the wash is wet. I made another painting of this scene back home in my studio.

For a moment I thought I would become a part-time piano mover as well! There is simply nowhere one can set up an easel without being in everybody's way. I was able to sneak in and I only wish I had a photo of myself painting with a barrier separating me from the throng — I imagined people thought the barriers were purposely placed there just for me.

I rely on photographs a great deal but I refuse to copy them. Although they can never capture the atmosphere and mood the way our painting does. If you do find a quiet place it means there is nothing much to paint there! I came upon this painting spot one day and couldn't believe my luck because the road workers had left barriers to protect an area of wet concrete which had dried days ago!

Italy is not known for being too organized.


After a while a huge crowd formed to watch me! Maybe I should have passed the hat around when I finished? We are known as the "Winterlude 6". My companions also make good painting subjects.

It is very important to mix with other artists otherwise we can become "a legend in our own mind" and become very mannered in our style. We work hard all day painting. Quite often the landscape is bereft of figures and having a couple of artists painting in the scene certainly changes the message.

By the way. I can honestly say that we are better people and artists because of our friendship. Every winter I indulge in a wonderful painting trip with my five artist buddies. We sing.

We also play hard and have an amazing time together. The practical jokes never stop. I was lucky on the day to have this beautiful sky. The trouble with this trip was that it was in the middle of wine country! Talk of opportunity making a thief! The horizon was also created into the moist wash. This was painted on one of the Winterlude trips with my five best pals or. I'll tell you more about Mother Colors later on.

The only hard edges are around the white paper. Throughout this book you will see other examples of work created on this trip. It takes m e back to m y childhood. It's a subject that has been tackled by many Melbourne artists because there is an observation deck on the building's top floor.

I guess. The only way to charge your creative batteries is to go to the great studio outdoors. There is a lovely Mother Color of Cadmium Orange permeating throughout this painting. I managed to get most of those by cutting around and leaving gaps in the second wash. It was painted in one go while the wash was wet.

The late afternoon light created soft warm highlights on the branches and the workers' backs. They must not overtake the major shape in the painting which in this case is the old wooden bridge over the Murrumbidgee River at Gundagai. That's why it is somewhat easier to paint from photographs because they don't change. Whatever inspired you to paint that subject in the first place should stay in your mind's eye.

It is so easy to overwork them and end up with the wrong message. When you see a subject and start painting you must continue the theme and not change your mind. In which case. This painting was done on location and by the time I had finished it the sun was fully out and the scene looked nothing like this.

Reflections are simply a flat repetition of the objects causing them. In the studio you can plan the painting process much more carefully and change your mind in an instant by choosing a different subject from anywhere in the world! It's just a matter of looking through your references and deciding what you want to paint. There is also no urgency to complete your work due to the changing light or weather.

They are fairly light and not too tight. Don't try to compete with the subject. You can even return to your work the next day. All my large-scale work is produced in the studio and.

No amount of painting will disguise a bad drawing! The major benefit of working in the studio is the ability to concentrate on your work. While the great studio outdoors provides ample inspiration it is also very restrictive in terms of the size of the work and because of changing light and time limitations. Most of my outdoor work is polished up at home and in this case most of the figures and much detail were handled in the studio.

Therefore the studio is a comfortable and safe environment in which you can produce larger. The drawing should have character already and feel right. It's the very beginning of your painting on paper and if it's not satisfactory there is no point going any further. The studio provides constant light and your reference remains static and can be analyzed at will. When you bring your painting to completion in the studio.

Mind you. There are no interruptions just when you are in the middle of a major wash. The studio provides a comfortable environment with all your references at hand and. You must leave quite a few highlights all over the painting as required.

However you are probably used to this obstacle and know how to overcome it. Large paintings require a lot more information or they can appear empty. It was imperative to make the foreground as strong as possible That is why I painted the cows so prominently in the foreground. The water is quite simply a wash of Cobalt Blue. I just pick up a bit of any dirty leftover pigment on the palette! I assure you that as long as you apply the wash quickly. I was particularly pleased with the background — the shadows running across the foothills create an interesting pattern.

The thin strip of white paper keeps it from running onto the footpath.

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Reduced in a photograph like this they can appear too busy! In real life size this work has just the right amount of detail. I also gray-off the footpath. Note that texture in the foreground.

Practicing Your Technique

If you are left-handed I advise you please to start from the right side to avoid smudging the work with your hand. I had to be careful not to overwork this and bring it too much forward and lose depth in the process.

I used a sprinkling of salt as well as some water droplets to create this. The color is not important as long as you keep it really pale.

I make use of the dry paper and leave highlights for the future. You can see the introduction of the next stage at the bottom of the picture. They all make sense and provide good advice to the beginner and accomplished artist alike. It's far better. The subject was truly magnificent. Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine. Don't make it look like an oil painting.

You start painting the moment you look at the subject. They have to be painted quickly and elegantly. No second chances! The jewelry is next. The distant buildings are cooler and contain a variety of blues as well as Permanent Magenta. The wall is a slightly paler mix of Permanent Magenta. Don't forget the highlights! The main buildings including the tower are painted next using a milky wash of all the colors I previously mentioned.

I made a small sketch of this scene at the time. Burnt Sienna. Painting should tell you the story of light. There was a wonderful. These give sharp contrast to the light footpath tone.

Needless to say the paint would not dry and I was frozen. Some of them are my own interpretations of knowledge gleaned from art books and some are direct quotes from my artist friends. In the same town a friend of mine was given a parking ticket for placing his easel on the double yellow line! Very efficient police work!

It's never too hot so the paint doesn't dry too quickly. The waves are mainly Cobalt Turquoise. I decided to run up and down the jetty to warm up and by waving the painting about. Within minutes the archetypal English "Bobby" arrived and asked me to desist because I was alarming the locals! This is the only time I have ever nearly been arrested for painting watercolor. All those buildings nestled on the water's edge. When you do this you must use a fully loaded brush and let the colors run into each other and mix on the paper.

When it's your turn to try this painting.

England provides perfect conditions just made for watercolor painting. The location of that story should be secondary. Be true to watercolor and let its intrinsic value shine. It's a pity that I tend to fall on my own sword and sometimes forget to listen to my own advice.

Light Red and anything else that takes my fancy. I use some opaque paint here and there if I find a good spot to liven things up.Paint with this mix as you would with thin oil paint or gouache.

The two most common shapes are round and flat. The bead of paint should travel the chimney smoke. I also use some opaque paint here and there. First of all. Ultramarine Blue. You'll see how I did this on pages Just to make things even more baffling, a manufacturer might also add a measurement.

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