“Shapes and Color” Full Demonstration [Video] + Commentary & Critique by Russell Black

  When it comes to painting in watercolor, there are three fundamental methods. They are, 1) Wash & Silhouette, 2) Wet-into-Wet, and 3) Brush Line or the “calligraphic” approach. With the Wash & Silhouette approach, we can break this down even further to three basic methods, 1A) the “traditional” or layered approach which was pioneered by the English and is still the principle way to…

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101: 4.7 How to Set up Your Watercolor Palette: Conclusion, Final Tips and Resources

Welcome to the conclusion to the series on watercolor palette setup. Throughout the series we discussed my personal palette, how temperature is the basis for a successful understanding of our paint selection and mixing, how we best select our actual paints, how we decide on our palette layout and I also showed you a selection of my studio palettes and portable paintboxes and shared my…

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Double Vision: “Seeing Simply” with Daniel Novotny – Part 2 [Video]

Let me preface this article by saying that despite not discussing patterns in Part 1 of this demonstration, I consider my demonstration to be complete. I wanted to introduce the concept of “Areas of Interest”. And while A. O. I. are only a precursor to working with abstract patterns, it is the initial necessary step which first have to be mastered. Afterwards patterns are introduced…

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Double Vision: “Seeing Simply” with Russell Black – Part 2 [Video]

This is the continuation of the article posted last time where I explained how to simplify the following scene. Now, we will take this idea and create the watercolor painting. The entire process can be viewed on YouTube at the following address (but also watched directly below without leaving this page). Step 5: Learning to make the watercolor painting The first step in the painting…

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Double Vision: “Seeing Simply” with Russell Black – Part 1

  In my last article, I went through my process for designing a painting and then executing that design in watercolor (above). A part of that process was the simplification of the scene. What I would like to do in this article is discuss how to simplify a scene, and the decisions that I make along the way. For this example, I will use a…

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Double Vision: “Seeing Simply” with Daniel Novotny – Part 1

Welcome back to my blog. Today I’d like to present a new format that has been suggested to me by a friend and excellent artist, Russell Black. Russell Black has already been a featured artist on AtelierNovotny.com with his in-depth article on designing a painting with shapes and patters. If you have not read it yet, I highly recommend that you do so. This time…

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“Painting a Pattern” Full Demonstration [Video]

In this article I’m going to show my process when working from photographs. This is not an extensive tutorial but should provide you with some ideas as to my working procedure. Reference Usually I work from a single photograph but also take into consideration other images from the area. I study the locale, look for hints and symbols, hidden patterns inherent to the scene. I…

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