Watercolor Painting Practice

At present, I am practicing watercolor painting to excel this form of art. I took a few initiative actions as well in this direction. For example, I went to meet my school level art teacher a couple of weeks ago. I expressed my desire to work further on arts and he consulted me with his ideas and issued a book from the school library for me to practice painting with watercolor.

Watercolor of Temple Landscape

This is the first painting, I made from the book. The landscape is good, but I overdid it to some extent. I couldn't contend myself in three layers! I was trying to create darkness by repeatedly applying a light color. So, I learnt a lesson that I should determine the intensity of color at the time of mixing it with water.

Mountain Scene in Watercolor

This is a second painting. Here, except for the mountain, the color is almost fine. The color went too dark at the top of the mountain, where it should be fading and light. Here, I made second kind of mistake, I didn't allow the first layer to dry enough. Since the mountain can be highly contrasting, the first layer should be totally dried before applying the second and so on. I hope to improve this in my coming works.

Landscape of Sea and Waves

This painting was made to practice sketching fast with watercolor. This was made prior to the above paintings, although I added a few strokes later.

Trees Landscape painted Freehand

This one and the following painting are the practice of painting freehand. No outline or sketch was drawn before painting these paintings. My art teacher told me that I should add more colors to this painting, which I think is true. I'll be doing that soon.

Trees and Pond Landscape painted Freehand

This one is also overdone like the first painting. I was never confident with the color. So, I had to repeatedly add color. I have repeated all the mistakes I have made in the above paintings here. However, I am not discouraged.

Another initiative action I took was to search for a good brush. For that, I wandered to all the hardware stores in the town. However, I couldn't find a single brush that was specially designed to paint with watercolor. Nevertheless, I bought one brush because it was quite cheap and it was robust in design. I hope this brush will be useful in my coming works.

Please note that these are practice works. You can also try them out! :)

Simple Rural House Landscapes

The houses in the rural areas are made up of mud, stones and woods using the traditional technology. The roofs are usually made of straw, hay, plant stalks, or stone slates. The walls are mainly stones and mud. Wooden pillars are used to support roofs and first floor. In short, the rural houses have a rugged design and therefore, they look beautiful in the sketches and paintings.

Sketch of Round House Landscape

This house in this sketch is very unique in its round shape. This type of houses can be seen in the upper hilly areas of Nepal. This is a very old design of house and it now rarely made. This has perhaps been succeeded by the rectangular designs.

Sketch of Ordinary Rural House

This is rectangular in shape as opposed to the previous one. It is a most common type of build of the rural thatched roof houses.

Sketch of a Surrealistic Hut

This is a bit surrealistic looking sketch of hut made by exaggerating its different parts.

Sketch of Small Hut

This is a common type of hut found in village areas. It is a temporary house and usually, poor people inhibit this type of hut.

Drawing of Ordinary Hilly House

This one is among the most robust type of rural houses. The pillars, doors and windows are all made up of hard wood. Similarly, the build of the wall is also strong. And the roof is made up of slate stone. So, this type of house is quite strong in comparison to the houses above.

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