herringbone watercolor exercise from Creating Textures in Watercolor

More watercolor lessons from Cathy Johnson – boulder and herringbone

My studies from Cathy Johnson’s watercolor book Creating Textures in Watercolor continue with a boulder and herringbone fabric texture. These two subjects spoke to me, and I wanted to see how close I could get to her versions. It’s when I try to mimic her paintings when I see the nuances of Johnson’s skills — her paintings look rather carefree and loose, but recreating that is challenging! I keep seeing tutorials that suggest using ultramarine blue for shadows, so I’m trying to get a handle on that technique. Mixing ultramarine and burnt sienna is apparently a go-to combo and I’m starting to see why. The…

Painting Watercolors (First Steps) by Cathy Johnson - moving water exercise

Watercolor lessons from Cathy Johnson

Part of learning how to paint with watercolors is about just doing it and getting familiar with the tools, but I also love learning from experts. I treated myself to two books (print versions, not Kindle version) by Cathy Johnson — Painting Watercolors (First Steps) and Creating Textures in Watercolor. Her loose, confident, and sketch-like style is what I’d like to get to with my own skills. By following her examples, I hope to learn what it feels like to emulate her style as a way to develop my own. One thing I’m struggling with is being patient enough to let the…