Lighthouse in Watercolor (World Watercolor Month, 24/31)

I found an artist on YouTube whose work I really love; his name is Peter Sheeler.   I couldn’t resist trying one of his lighthouse tutorials (This is 8 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ on Arches 300 lb. cold-press watercolor paper:

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He works in pen and wash, which I also enjoy, but haven’t done for awhile, so I thought I’d stick with pencil and see what took place.    I did this one early in July and wasn’t thrilled with it, but since what I turned out yesterday wasn’t thrilling either, thought I’d post this one for something to share.   I hope you enjoy it!   And if you have any interest in line and wash or quick watercolor sketches, Peter’s channel is a great one to follow.

For my fellow art supply addicts, Blick Art Materials extended its Free Shipping on orders of $35 or more through this Monday at midnight Central time.    Remember, they do match all art supply house prices if you put a link to the competitor’s offer in the Delivery Instructions window at checkout.    I need to place an order myself!    World Watercolor Month has really helped me to use up my paints and papers.   🙂   (Note:   Purchases from this link helps to support my site and a fledgling art business.   Thanks so much!)   I hope you enjoy a relaxing, rejuvenating Sunday, and that you find buckets of peace and even a cool sea breeze.   Peace.

72 thoughts on “Lighthouse in Watercolor (World Watercolor Month, 24/31)

      1. Yes I do Laura, actually quite a lot, but I decided not to for this month, I have a lamy pen suggested and recommended by Charlie, he was not wrong, I love it, coupled with platinum ink, perfect, but I also love using ink that bleeds, I go through stages of stuff being by fav item, then I get bored and move on, I actually should re visit ink, I really loved painting with ink. So much yummy stuff, I haven’t even used the lovely neos in a while. 😀

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  1. Oh loo. You were not happy with this???!!! It is so delightful!!! The sky is so lovely and the water and the way you sparingly did the building and the lighthouse The greenery is wonderful. What is not to like??? Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Jodi. I’m no longer happy with someone else’s art, someone else’s composition, colors, etc. I did change the colors up a wee bit on the lighthouse. But I think that’s what I learned from this. And paintings like this are why I work abstract so much. I’d rather do an abstract that really makes me happy than a realistic work that is lackluster, in my eyes. I do love Peter’s work though, particularly his pen work. His videos are so wonderful and I think we could all learn from his simple style and methods. Highly recommend his channel. I just….want to do my own thing. Saying that tho, I enjoyed his videos so much that I wanted to try one. Not that all of my abstracts make me happy but my best abstract is way better – in my own eyes – than my best realistic painting. Drawing is a whole different thing, because I feel I’m getting better at drawing, through lots of practice, so I prefer to draw realistically. It’s all about what I see myself as being better at. I always curious what the reaction will be from you and other artists of whatever I post, but I’m at the place where it doesn’t really matter when I sit down to create. I have to please myself. I have to feel like I brought something unique, something different, something of value, otherwise why waste my time and materials? Also remember that my July is your November or October or maybe January. So…trying to keep myself bucked up and waiting out the heat! I appreciate your kind encouragement, but I share because I bet you are at the same place. Your carrots are so you and so wonderful! I just love what you are doing. But you’re bringing something unique and wonderful to the work, and that is YOU. And that’s what makes it so very cool. 💜

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  2. A beautiful summer scene. Makes me want to get in the car and make a trip to the shore….it would take me 5 hours hehe. I will just think about it instead. Thanks for sharing your lovely art Laura and brightening my day.

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  3. So this painting ended up in the reserved bucket…hmmm…I think you forgot to wear your glasses, Laura lol 🙂 this painting is beautiful! I can feel the quietness and can only hear the flow of the water. Yes, peace of mind.

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  4. I love what you wrote above about pleasing yourself and bringing something different…..I just read a book that emphasizes this, that we paint first for ourselves and that includes not being creative to just sell it either! I like that. Your sky is my favorite, it points right to that lighthouse….the color in the water is bright and fresh…..not bright in the normal sense, more of a “glow” if that makes any sense. I don’t like to just use blue for water and you bringing in a green really brings it to life. Which colors did you use for the water?

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    1. Margaret, thank you. It’s just a feeling I have lately when I compare how I feel about my abstracts – the ones I like – to my realistic paintings. For me, no comparison. I believe one of the colors was Graham viridian and I think cobalt teal was the other. I love when colors combine on the paper. The water paints a much better picture than I ever could. 💛

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      1. oh I love it when paints mingle, so much fun! I understand what you are saying about the abstracts and realistic. For me going detailed is so boring and I pick on myself more I have noticed. Going loose or abstract is more up my alley…..though I have it in my head that I need to be more realistic to be considered good. Now that is so wrong! I hate having that “inner opinion”! I wonder what Debi has to say about this….maybe once she is freed up from her company we can explore this more in depth with her.

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        1. Amen! You and D always fascinate me, I learn from your very breaths in and out lol. I remember a realistic flower you did in May that was an absolute stunner! I think your skill set is much more broad and well-developed, and you could go in whatever direction and really excel. Or go in lots of them, as the mood suits! I know what you mean about that inner voice and it frustrates me as well. I tend to feel that I need to follow peace….and joy….in most everything. And if I am happy and having fun and really excited and enthused, the viewer will feel that. And that, to me, is what painting is all about. Evoking peace, joy, and satisfying ourselves too. I think it’s a rolling ball and one creates the other. I will be v curious what Debi thinks too! I love this conversation, M. 💜

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          1. Exactly! when I go tighter I can feel the excitement leave and then I get anxious thinking that either I can’t do the scene justice or I won’t be “good enough”….there goes my joy, my serendipity and of course our viewers pick up on that. We create our own failure in a way! anyhoo let’s remember to ask Debi about this. 🙂

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            1. Margaret, not sure if you’re a jean Haines fan, but if you are, you should know that Artist Network tv just put up a new WC video with her painting a rooster, flamingo and poppies in her loose, fluid style – with your favorite DS paints! It’s tremendous, had to let you know.

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                    1. yes! lol you need my help? I looked it up, it is semi-trans and granulating….yay! I love granulating colors though it has a medium stain. I think that since it is semi-trans, you might want to watch that you mix only with transparent colors and limit how many. I do that anyway regardless of the color specs. It is a beautiful color, isn’t it?

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  5. I think you did a good job. I understand the feeling you have though. Was reading your response about it not being “your” work. I very much get that, but it did come out well and now you know you can paint light houses. Yay!

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          1. Laura please come visiting i have been translating the article i wrote in french , my english is not perfect but i did my best…The title of my post is : I discover many things…;)

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  6. Very nice, Laura. I especially like all the sparkles of whites that you left, which I know is not always easy to do! Thanks for the tip on Peter – I always enjoy seeking out new techniques and tutorials 🙂 Here’s to a great new week! 🌹

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  7. Wow! Well done, Laura! I love Peter’s work too – he makes it look so effortless. Yet, when I try, it becomes a disaster. You have a lovely scene there. Keep it up!

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