How to Paint Raindrops and Dew

With rain in the forecast, it is a perfect time to explore how to draw and paint raindrops and morning dew. Avoid dropping dew drops over every rose you draw, this just turns your field journaling into kitsch. But if you go sketching early in the morning or after a rainstorm, you have earned your

Painting Fog with Watercolor

There are four principles to suggest fog in a painting or drawing. As you move from the foreground to the background, lighten the value, narrow the contrast, desaturate the color, and show less detail. Lets see how these principles apply in a simple painting. Click on the first image to start a step by step

How to Draw Sea Foam

If you are drawing or painting waves, the sea-foam can help you show the planes of the surfaces of the waves or it can flatten your drawing. A few observations about foreshortening foam make a huge difference. Once you learn the tricks of how to draw sea-foam, your waves will begin to roll. The diagram above holds

How to Paint a Crashing Wave in Watercolor

The endless motion and chaotic repetition of waves against the shore is hypnotic to watch but challenging to draw. If you are learning how to paint a crashing wave, begin by watching the surf below you while saying your observations out loud. Describe what you see in as much detail as you are able. You

How to Draw Water: Open Ocean

The open sea rolls with swells, which in turn are covered with smaller waves, which are then rippled by the wind. Capturing this wave on wave action is fun with watercolors. I use a flat brush. The chisel shaped tip makes surprisingly expressive marks. For field sketching, try a “Kuretake” waterbrush. Like my favorite Pentel