Watercolor Washes – Painting Animal Faces

Watercolor washes are essential to being a successful painter.

Many artists think of washes as big colorful backgrounds in landscapes. That is definitely  one use for washes. But when I paint a face I think of it as if I’m painting small washes  where each shape contributes to the whole effect of painting a face.

Below are 2 examples of faces where I flooded colors in various shapes to create the image




Because I have a fear of drawing I find that when I think of painting a dog’s face I only think of where the controlled washes will be and what value they need to be. With a little practice I learned how to paint without fear.


Pick a subject that inspires you and break it down into shapes & values. Do a series of paintings and soon you will see the progress you have made. Most of all have a good time!

Paint with Me

~ by Lorraine Rimmelin on September 6, 2016.

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