The Engagement Portrait

Watercolor Painting from Photo

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“The Bird of Paradise Flower” Watercolour Painting Tutorial

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Behind the scenes

Working on practical demonstrations, explaining essential watercolour techniques, using “Zen Art Supplies” brushes.

Hope to share with you soon the results of these challenging for me (especially from technical point of view), but exiting experiments.

See you soon!

Anna G.

Framing your Watercolor

A Watercolor Painting isn’t really done until it’s framed.

The proper matting and frame can preserve and protect a watercolor and show off it in a best way.

Every frame should be handsome by itself, but remain as a complementary backdrop to the painting.

When it’s possible, it’s always a good idea to order a custom frame made by the artisan framer.

The one from my photo is done by Ciro Scala “Scala” in Torre del Greco (Via Nazionale 32-Torre del Greco- NA) but you should seek out the best framer close to your home.

The mat that goes around your watercolor should be white, cream white, or a very light, neutral colour, such as beige or light gray.

The frame should be simple or non-distracting from the painting.

The width of the frame should be different than the width of the mat and well balanced ( here an expert framer’s advice will be very helpful).

As most watercolors are done on paper, they must be framed under glass. It’s the reason the paintings are usually shipped unframed, without heavy and fragile frames.

I’d advice plexiglas frames because the plastic can damage the art over a long period of time.

If you would like commission portrait in Watercolor for you or your friends, come to visit my Etsy Shop.

I am always happy to receive your feedbacks and photos. Feel free to contact me anytime.

Anna G.

Be an Amateur!

“That’s all any of us are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to be anything else.”

– Charlie Chaplin

We’re all terrified of being revealed as amateurs, but in fact, today it is the amateur—the enthusiast who pursues her work in the spirit of love (in French, the word means “lover”), regardless of the potential for fame, money, or career—who often has the advantage over the professional.

Because they have little to lose, amateurs are willing to try anything and share the results. They take chances, experiment, and follow their whims. Sometimes, in the process of doing things in an unprofessional way, they make new discoveries.

“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities,” said Zen monk Shunryu Suzuki. “In the expert’s mind, there are few.”

Amateurs are not afraid to make mistakes or look ridiculous in public. They’re in love, so they don’t hesitate to do work that others think of as silly or just plain stupid.

The real gap is between doing nothing and doing something. Amateurs know that contributing something is better than contributing nothing.

Inspired by “Show your Work!” Book by Austin Kleon