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A Few of My Favorite Watercolor Tools

Cardita shell-72 ppi

Cardita Seashell

When painting from life I get much better results. These shells and the sea coral where all found shells at my area beaches.  I pulled them from my collection and had fun getting back to basics with my watercolors.

kittens paw

kittens paw

My favorite tools:

Finding the right art supplies to work with can often take time to discover. After a lot of trial and error here are my favorites:

  • The Paper : Arches 140 lb cold press
  • The Paint : Sennelier watercolors
  • The Brush: Escoda Optima Kolinsky #8

These shell prints can be found on etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeatherSlaboszArt

Sea Coral 72 ppi

Sea Coral

What are some of your favorite tools and watercolor supplies to work with?
I would love to hear about it!





Painting from Photos

If you paint from photos you might understand the struggle of getting a good photo to paint from. I take a lot of photos and often they just aren’t inspiring enough to use for painting. This can get discouraging. I have been painting for a year or so now on a part-time basis and I feel like I came to a breakthrough with this one for the simple fact of being able to fudge the background to my liking.

I enjoyed painting the loose strokes of the beach goers walking the beach. This excited me so that I had to post about it. It’s often the background of a painting that sets the stage for the most important part.

Grey Cloudy Day

The onlookers WP

I was recently inspired by a grey day on Sanibel Island to create this new canvas. I was taken in by the minimal amount of light peeking through the clouds. Here in Florida its sun, sun and more sun most of the year. Weird I know, but I welcome the contrasting weather. My goal with the painting was to capture all the variations of grey in the early morning light and a sense of calm.

Girl Walking WP

I took this photo of a young girl enjoying her morning observing the birds and searching the sand for something to bring home from her vacation. Children are so curious and this little girl was like an acrobat weaving her way in and around the sandbars. After the morning was over I gave her a feather and told her feathers are good luck. I think I was having good luck that morning to find such a wonderful poser for my next painting.