October 31, 2009 10:01 pm

Michelle Waters

I started taking art lessons when I was around 10 or 11 years old. The watercolor below is one of the first art attempts I made during that time. As I find more pieces, I'll photograph and show them to you. đŸ™‚ And while you're looking, I'd love to see some of your first art pieces.

1980s Mushroom Watercolor Painting

I no longer have the original image I started with and way back then, no one recorded themselves painting (not even Bill Alexander or Bob Ross). So instead, I've found you this lovely tutorial on YouTube:

If I were to do this painting over again (I lost the original photograph and the painting in a house fire 5 years ago), I would follow the techniques Tilen demonstrated to deepen my shadows, brighten my highlights, and add visual interest with the splatter. My painting looks very flat, one-dimensional because of the lack of tonal depth.

As Editor and Publisher, Michelle oversees the content creation for the site. With a background in art, design, and writing, her interests are in color theory, mixed media, and gestalt.

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