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

GUEST ARTIST: “Colors And Details” by Molly LeMaster

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

Hi!  My name is Molly LeMaster.  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 lemasterstudios.com.  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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21 thoughts on “GUEST ARTIST: “Colors And Details” by Molly LeMaster

  1. 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

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    1. Ellen,
      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!

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