How to Consistently Improve your Watercolor Paintings

Experience the enchantment of a loose watercolor coastal landscape video demo, as I bring an inspiring image to life. In this demonstration, I make several adjustments to create a stronger composition, including;

  • eliminating distant middle ground dwellings
  • rearrange elements, large shapes for better visual flow
  • the sky and right side of the photo are cropped to simplify the composition
  • while the addition of choppy water and boats adds depth and interest.
  • inclusion of figures, breathing life into the scene

How to improve your watercolor paintings over and over by repainting your inferior works

Repainting inferior watercolor paintings to correct mistakes offers several advantages. First, it allows you to learn from your errors and improve your skills. By identifying and addressing the areas that didn’t meet your expectations, you can gain a deeper understanding of watercolor techniques and make progress as an artist.

Additionally, repainting provides an opportunity to experiment with different approaches and styles, refining your artistic expression. Finally, transforming an inferior painting into a successful one can be immensely satisfying, boosting your confidence and motivation to continue exploring the world of watercolor.

When repainting an inferior watercolor painting to correct mistakes, it’s essential to follow a systematic approach. Here are some steps to consider:

  1. Assess and analyze: Begin by objectively evaluating the areas that need improvement in your painting. Identify the specific mistakes, such as color inaccuracies, composition issues, or lack of contrast.
  2. Plan and visualize: Envision how you want the corrected painting to look. Consider the changes you want to make, whether it’s adjusting the composition, refining the colors, or adding more detail.
  3. Prepare the surface: If necessary, lightly sand the surface of the painting to create a better foundation for the new layers of paint. This step is particularly important if the original painting has a textured or uneven surface.
  4. Start with broad changes: Begin by making broad changes to the painting, addressing the major areas of concern. This may involve applying new washes, adjusting values, or redefining shapes. Work with larger brushes and keep the painting loose initially.
  5. Layer and build: Gradually build up the layers of paint, focusing on smaller details and refinements. Pay attention to brushwork, texture, and the interplay of light and shadow. Take your time and work in stages, allowing each layer to dry before adding additional details.
  6. Experiment and refine: Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different techniques or approaches. Use this opportunity to explore new methods and expand your artistic skills. Continuously assess your progress and make adjustments as needed.
  7. Final touches: Once you’re satisfied with the changes and improvements, add any final touches to complete the painting. This may include highlights, fine details, or additional glazes to enhance certain areas.

Remember, the process of repainting a watercolor painting is a valuable learning experience. Embrace the opportunity to grow as an artist and enjoy the journey of transforming an inferior work into something you’re proud of.

The materials used in this demo include:

  • Holbein paints (Cadmium red light, Alizarin crimson, Cobalt blue, Ultramarine blue, Cadmium yellow lemon, Yellow ochre, Burnt sienna, Neutral tint)
  • Brushes such as Princeton Neptune pointed round #12 and #6, Rigger #3/4″, and Silver brush black velvet jumbo (medium)
  • Fabriano Artistico paper, bright white, 140 lb. cold press, sized at 11″ x 14″

Resource Images

Finished Art
Finished Art
Inspiration Image
Inspiration Image