Deb Ward, GWS, OWS, PWS, WSI - WATERCOLOR/WATER MEDIA - My passion is teaching adult “beginners”. Weekly classes in my home; workshops; classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission. My work is nationally recognized and published - see “Featured” on my sidebar. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana state Watercolor Societies, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Here is my next try with Steve’s technique, again utilizing analogous colors, in this case thalo blue, ultramarine turquoise, sap green, rich green gold, bismuth, nickel titanate azo; quinacridone rose was added (all Daniel Smith colors).

Again, I began with the miskit pour, then poured analogous colors, then put in some darks.

Here are photos of the steps followed for this painting of an agave - some of the colors are a little "off" due to my photography skills!
Miskit pour.
First paint pour.
Second pour and miskit removed.
Completed painting above; once again, I’m happy with the result utilizing this technique.

Agave, 11x15, watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 CP


Cindi said...

whoa.. you are getting to be a pro at this.. love these and love the colors you used... would it be possible to remove the miskit in different stages.. or were you just doing two pours and needed to get it off?? OR are you limted in pours for mud reasons?? so many questions...LOL

Chris Beck said...

Fabulous!! This technique really gives some great results -- the somewhat random quality of the pours along with your brushwork makes for a very exciting final painting!!

Vicki Greene said...

Very nice. Thanks for sharing your WIP photos.

laura said...

Just fabulous--I love your final result. It's an interesting technique that works so well because of your exceptional drawing skill, I think!

debwardart said...

Hi Cindi - I'm sure you could remove the miskit as you want, rather than all at once. For that matter, you could most likely pour miskit more than once (just be sure that you let your paints dry COMPLETELY before you try to pour it). My theory - try it and see if it works!
I just didn't feel the need for any more pours on this one, was very happy with my colors.
Since you use analogous colors mud should not be a problem.
Hope you give it a try!
Hi Chris - I've taken other workshops with Steve but seems like it finally sank into my brain this time!
Hi Vicki and Laura - can't say my drawing skills are very good - but this was very simple shapes! I think it works due to the limited color scheme and a few "dark darks".
I like to see "how'd they do that?" photos, too, and like to put them in from time to time.
Glad you are enjoying this technique - there will be at least one more in this style coming soon!

Gary Keimig said...

Very nice. That analogous scheme is really working for you. Congratulations of a job well done

debwardart said...

Thanks Gary!

Stilin Studio said...

OMG - I just LOVE this painting, and the technique works SO well!! Steve's technique you say - I must read on and find out Steve who. I'm so excited to have FOUND you! I'm a new fan, for sure!!!!!

amberdoig said...

Fascinating! Thanks for sharing so generously your demonstrations. Sure looks amazing and I love your techniques.