Quick Watercolor Studies

Using Schmincke and Daniel Smith watercolors, I did these very quick studies following a little book called 10-Minute Watercolours   (these particular sketches only took 1-3 minutes each) This is a tiny book (3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″) which claims to offer “inspirational advice to help you paint quick and spontaneous watercolors of people, landscapes, seascapes, buildings, animals, flowers, and still life.” Also says “Think you have no time to paint? See what you can achieve in just 10 minutes!” An admirable challenge. If I were completely new to the medium I may find it more helpful, (or once I actually READ THROUGH IT), but right now it is a great resource for ideas for me to copy and practice while learning and developing techniques, and I really do appreciate the idea that I shouldn’t use a time constraint as an excuse not to paint.



Heliotrope, pelargonium, a strawberry (duh), and lavender sprigs.


This one is my favorite, although it doesn’t look the one in the book. Schmincke’s Perylene Violet is amazing in purple or even green mixes. I used it in both the petals and the leaves here.


If you purchase the book through the above link on Amazon, I receive a few cents compensation and it doesn’t cost you any more…if you are an experienced painter, this may not be the book for you. I bought it thinking I’d include it in a little watercolor kit I’m giving someone for Christmas, and I may still, but actually it may be a little too MUCH information for that. I don’t want to overwhelm her. Plus… I’m suddenly enjoying it myself… maybe after I finish with it!

Do you have any favorite watercolor books? Let us know in the comments!!


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