Learn How to Critique and Finish a Watercolor Painting

June 07, 2019 1 min read

A big part of learning to answer the question, “How do I know if my watercolor painting is finished?” is to learn to assess your work through self-critique.


In this clip, watercolorist Linda Baker takes a nearly finished painting and shows you how she does her near-end considerations. Once she has her critique, she begins making those changes. She finds two main fixes she wants to make. First, she finds an edge that is too hard and draws the eye more than she wants. She shows you how to use clean water to soften hard edges.


Next, she notices that the corners of her painting draw the eye to the edges and then out of the piece. To keep the viewer’s eye in the painting, she scrubs pigment from the distracting corner.


To learn more about Linda and her painting process, check out Layers of Design in Watercolor with Linda Baker.


The painting she’s working on in this clip, Keyless Entry, went on to win an award at the 2010 San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition.




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