Exploring Art… Watercolor Painting

In watercolor painting, pigment is suspended in a water soluble vehicle. Since the pigment is water soluble, the paint is transparent. The pigment is usually painted onto a paper or canvas surface, but vellum, wood, papyrus and other supports can be used. When painting on a light surface, the transparency of the pigment allows light to reflect off of the support, giving the painting a luminous quality.

Watercolor painting techniques are unique to watercolor. Since watercolor painting process is affected by paper, absorbency, transparency, drying, etc. it is unlike oil or acrylic painting, which pretty much stays put and dries where it is painted.

The history of watercolor is extremely old, perhaps dating to the Paleolithic era. But, watercolor didn’t become a consistently used medium until the Renaissance.

As with other artwork on paper. Watercolors should be framed behind UV glass for protection, and kept out of direct sunlight.

Below are some wonderful original watercolor paintings. As with all of my featured art/artists these are pieces I would purchase for myself or as a gift.


  • Waves by Janice Ashworth


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7 Responses to “Exploring Art… Watercolor Painting”

  1. What an enjoyable browse I have just had through your curated selection of watercolours! Thank you for talking about watercolour and showing these works including mine. Wonderful! Alison

  2. salamanderart Says:

    What a diverse and wonderful collection of watercolor paintings. Thank you for including my painting.

    “Too many projects, too little time” is exactly right!

  3. What a great selection of watercolour paintings. I feel privileged to have been included in your choice thankyou

  4. Fantastic mastery of this medium. Watercolor is such a lovely way to express so many subjects and I have enjoyed your choices.

  5. You got me with this collection!! I die on watercolor, am a water colorist myself. And you have a beautiful collection here.

  6. What an honor to be included with such talented artists…thank you.

  7. These are lovely!

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