Good advice, Sandra. I was told never to throw a painting out. If I can’t fix it or resolve my issue with it, I turn the paper over and reuse it. That being said, I have. I have run out of space to keep everything and some just aren’t salvageable. I have also put a 1/2 done painting away for as long as a year or two without going back to them. Some I am able to restore or finish, others not so much. I practice techniques with many of my boo-boos and it helps me learn what can or can’t be done. All I can say is don’t get too caught up in any one painting. Just keep going and learn from your mistakes. Mistakes and fixes are excellent learning tools.
These are all wonderful tips and I have used them myself. One thing I learned when I started taking watercolor classes is to under-paint. What that means is you lay in a light color to begin your painting….the violets, blues, yellow-orange depending on what you are painting. Kate’s suggestion of putting down shadows first is a good one and I do this most of the time with great success. The main thing to remember: IT’S ONLY PAPER and you can always repaint.
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