voyage of discovery

“Watercolor is a voyage of discovery and, as corny as it may sound, the most satisfactory results are often achieved by taking what comes – not only in terms of painting technique,
but also in terms of your individual creative energy”

Tony Smibert from Chapter 11: Idea Starters, in Painting Landscapes from your Imagination.


Back in the studio after a wonderful weekend with our beautiful granddaughter, Tony Smibert’s exercise today was all about creating an original landscape from random blots.  The blots were first created using crumpled plastic wrap painted with a wash of paynes gray and indigo pressed gently onto the paper.

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Land forms magically appeared from the blots which were further developed with different coloured transparent washes.  Finally, “dry-brush” work created the effect of rapids flowing through the imagined valley and the rock faces darkened to provide distance and depth.

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Welcome to my Monday “voyage of discovery”

Worldwatercolormonth Day 18


  1. You, and Laura from Createarteveryday have inspired me to purchase the book. I love landscapes and have wished to paint them since I was a girl. Since I can’t paint I’ve been photographing them for years as my canvas. I’m so excited to try these exercises. The book should be here within a week. I can’t wait!

    This is gorgeous! Syran wrap! Who’d a thought!!

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    1. Wonderful! You will love the book Deborah and Tony Smibert will reveal your hidden painterly talent that is just waiting to be released, and which will be a brilliant addition to your beautiful photography 🙂

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