Watercolor Painting by Judy Wood - #WorldWatercolorGroup

GUEST ARTIST: “Finding The Right Mix” by Judy Wood

My name is Judy Wood, and I’ve been painting for over 30 years, primarily watercolor and acrylic. I enjoy a variety of subject matter and substrates. I consider myself a mixed media artist, while continuing experimenting with watercolor.

Watercolor by Judy Wood - #WorldWatercolorGroup

As I reflect on a few of my favorite teachers in college, I’m reminded one of the best ways to learn any craft is to study the “masters”.  To find confidence in wet into wet watercolor, I studied Monet – his use of composition and color is so inspiring.  

Once I felt I had mastered the technique I was studying, instead of continuing to copy Monet, I used my own favorite subject matter;  trees and forests.  I also love painting skies!  I enjoy mixing colors to create the perfect bright blue desert sky or capturing the deep blue of twilight.  I occasionally add salt (and a little fine glitter) for a starry night scene.

Artwork by Judy Wood - #WorldWatercolorGroup
Watercolor Painting by Judy Wood - #WorldWatercolorGroup

I’ve used a variety of palettes, I enjoy travel size palettes, color variety, and intensity. I’ve added Derwent watercolor pencils and Inktense water soluble pencils to my materials and use them often; occasionally for highlights and shadows, and more recently for a pop of color in some handmade book pages. After trying some smaller palettes, I found I prefer my full size palette from college.

The palette feels right, the mixing area is the right size, I know the placement of the colors without looking.  I’ve recently replaced missing colors and added a few new colors.  In addition to Winsor & Newton I’ve enjoyed the quality of the new QoR watercolors.  Recently, I’ve been experimenting with spray inks. The colors are vibrant and the results a bit unpredictable. I enjoy the challenge of using unexpected results to create a mini masterpiece.

After studying painting in college I worked at a local art store. Representatives from various companies supplied paper samples. It was fun to experiment on so many watercolor papers.  During the last few years, I’ve enjoyed using Fabriano paper (I use a wide variety of mediums on the soft, decked edged paper) and rough watercolor papers. Paper selection makes a big difference in the outcome of a painting.

Watercolor Painting by Judy Wood - #WorldWatercolorGroup

Over the years I’ve tried a variety of great brushes – all shapes and sizes.  An artist friend of mine paints in oil and draws with chalk pastel. She recently gifted me a Richeson flat watercolor brush, it quickly became my favorite brush for washes, skies, and if I use the corner of the brush I can create some nice thin lines for branches of trees.  I bought the travel size set of Richeson brushes and discovered they fit nicely on my art desk.

I enjoy painting loose on location or from reference photos, followed by energetic, expressive ink lines.  I use a permanent fine tip pen for quick line work.  A variety of fine tip and brush tip pens are great for painting and drawing on location.  Ink is a nice way to add a little detail to a loose watercolor painting.  I love Sumi ink for line work or washes.

Watercolor Painting by Judy Wood - #WorldWatercolorGroup

I love gifting art to friends, family, and occasionally dropping off a painting as an unexpected gift in a public setting. Sharing art gives it life!

Lately, I have been thinking about creativity, what drives us to create. I’ve also given some thought to my personal palette and how it changes with the seasons.

Watercolor Sketch by Judy Wood - #WorldWatercolorGroup

I live in the Arizona desert.  I have a BFA in painting from Arizona State University.  I paint, draw, write, and create almost every day.  I’ve taught art in art centers, public schools, and private lessons. I hope to continue to encourage and inspire, and always find an encouraging word for a budding artist.

Judy Wood

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28 thoughts on “GUEST ARTIST: “Finding The Right Mix” by Judy Wood

    1. The “ghost trees” are from a series titled Spirit Trees. I love painting them! We can drive about 90 minutes north to be surrounded by tall pines. There are a few photographers who have given me permission to paint their trees. I mail them original artwork.

  1. I love these paintings! The colors and the way they blend are beautiful. I especially like how the mix of watercolor and ink. Thank you for sharing your tips!

    1. Thank you for your kind comments! I hope to inspire! I love experimenting with new techniques! I love teaching! I hope you can try something new!

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