GUEST DOODLEWASH: Colors And Details

#WorldWatercolorGroup Watercolor painting by Molly LeMaster - Violets And Silver - #doodlewash

#WorldWatercolorGroup Watercolor painting by Molly LeMaster - Sunflowers - #doodlewashHi!  My name is Molly LeMaster (visit my website here!).  I am a working watercolor artist and love doodling on any available surface – Newspapers, desk calendars and cocktail napkins, to name a few.  My paintings, however, are very detailed and colorful.

After majoring in Fine Arts, I put my love of “making art” on hold to raise a family and work as an escrow officer.  Luckily, retirement came along early.  It was then that I registered for a beginning watercolor class at a local art center.  During my years in college, never once did we explore watercolor!  I was hooked.

Fifteen years ago, my husband and I moved to Camano Island, Washington.  Little did we know that Camano Island has a large community of working artists.  I joined the Camano Arts Association and am involved in a wonderful studio tour in the spring.  It wasn’t long before I began teaching beginning and intermediate classes on a weekly basis and hosting local workshops. 

#WorldWatercolorGroup Watercolor painting by Molly LeMaster - Driftwood - #doodlewash

The Pacific Northwest has been such an inspiration for my work.  Many of my paintings are of rocks, driftwood, birds and flowers.  We have traveled extensively in Europe, Asia & Mexico and these travels have also been a big influence to my work.  Every time we return home to our beautiful island, we are reminded that we must live in one of the prettiest places in the world.  Okay, I am a bit prejudiced about Camano Island. 

#WorldWatercolorGroup Watercolor painting by Molly LeMaster - Gifts From The Sea - #doodlewash

My painting subjects are really varied.  The common thread is that they are all colorful and all detailed. As for the materials I use most often, here is a short list:  Paints – Daniel Smith and Winsor Newton tube paints, with a few other miscellaneous brands added to the pile.  Did I tell you I am an art supply junkie?  Papers – Arches & Fabriano 140# and 300# cold press.  Brushes – Kolinsky sable and squirrel blends.  My favorites are #6 and #8 rounds with a nice sharp point. 

#WorldWatercolorGroup Watercolor painting by Molly LeMaster - Arthur Foss Boat - #doodlewash

To begin with, I photograph my subject several times and choose the best one.  The lighting is so important.  From the photos, I develop a drawing.  It is sometimes very detailed and sometimes a rough sketch.  Unlike conventional watercolor techniques, if my drawing is really, really detailed & complex, I block in some of my darkest shadows first, working dark to light. 

#WorldWatercolorGroup Watercolor painting by Molly LeMaster - Life's A Beach - #doodlewash

Sometimes, I add collage elements to the paintings.  Experimentation is fun!  I love to use bubble wrap, salt, plastic wrap & alcohol.  Having fun with your art is important – be passionate about what you are doing!

#WorldWatercolorGroup Watercolor painting by Molly LeMaster - Honfleur - #doodlewash

If you would like to see more of my work, my website is  Lastly, I am a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.  If you have interest in these groups, be sure to check them out.  Talk about inspiring work!  Thank you for letting me introduce myself.

Happy painting!!

Molly LeMaster

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  1. Jewel Sauls 6 years ago

    Love your work! Beautiful colors!!! Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. beverlydyer 6 years ago

    Love the boats!

  3. Annie 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  4. Jodi 6 years ago

    absolutely beautiful work!

  5. Liv 6 years ago

    These watercolours are incredible! They look so realistic yet retain that lovely quality which watercolours have!

  6. Rebecca 6 years ago

    Wowwowwow! Pure class. 🙂

  7. Phil Cooper 6 years ago

    Stunning work Molly, Bravo!

  8. SHARON HASCHALK 6 years ago

    Amazing Molly! I love the vibrant colors and the details!

  9. creatingincolors 6 years ago

    I love the amazing detail and colors of your paintings! Would love to see you post on Instagram!

  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    Your artwork is extraordinary – you capture color, texture, reflections, surface and depth in compelling details.

  11. Sand Salt Moon 6 years ago

    Wow! xo Wonderful, congratulations!

  12. Teri C 6 years ago

    Very beautiful intricate paintings.

  13. Peggy Stermer-Cox 6 years ago

    Oh cool! How fun to see Molly LeMaster here! I know Molly through the Northwest Watercolor Society. Its great to learn a bit more about her. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  14. Linda Murray 6 years ago

    Wow!! Just beautiful! You weren’t kidding when you said your paintings were detailed. These are wonderful!

  15. Debra Armstrong 6 years ago

    Astounding! Your paintings are so beautiful, I just can’t stop looking at them! Lovely to “meet” you! I will certainly visit your site! Feeling inspired!

  16. ellen fry 6 years ago

    I have a question about the black carbon ink pen. I ordered one from Amazon and I cannot get it to work.. I love the thin lines it makes.. Am I the only one that has problems with it?? Thanks, Suzanne. Enjoy your Doodlewash in France and elsewhere

    Sent from my iPad


    • Author

      Hey there Ellen! 😃I’ve not had any problems with that pen, but if you’re a member of our World Watercolor Group on Facebook, you might try posting the question there to see if anyone else has experienced problems!

    • Annie 6 years ago

      Sometimes if you haven’t used the carbon pen in a while the ink dries up in the nib. When that happens, try putting the nib under a running faucet for about 10 seconds or so. Then drag the nib across a piece of paper a few times and it should start up again. Hope this helps!

  17. Leyla Torres 6 years ago

    Fabulous and inspiring work Molly!

  18. jeanmackayart 6 years ago

    Molly- This is the most inspirational work I’ve seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing your tremendous artwork. I enjoyed seeing more on your website. All the best!

  19. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Awesome work!

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