Flat brushing

Most watercolor artists use round brushes for at least 80% of their work as it gives them great control over the painting process. The flat brush is usually used for washing big areas or buildings and not an all-around brush for most artists.
I believe flats are a great tool for becoming more loose and impressionistic with your work, focusing more on connecting shapes, tone and establishing a rhythm rather than focusing on details and coloring inside the boxes.
So I’ve started using them for most of my recent work and there’s still a long way to go. Here are some of the examples:FullSizeRender(99)FullSizeRender(95)brod2simpleFullSizeRender(162)wetCountry


Swamp in portrait

Observation and technique are very important when dealing with a new subject, but so are the tools you use along the way. Using the appropriate brush according to the object’s size and shape will create a continues flow and avoid mindless concerns. This will allow you to concentrate on the impression and atmosphere. Instead of worrying how the stroke will turn out, you worry if it fits the composition, the lightning, the mood.


Playing with the bead

The most important thing in achieving a desired effect with watercolors is controlling the wetness of a certain area. It’s very important to establish the subject as quick as you can so one can focus on prolonging the wetness of the paper and create soft blendings and unique texture. I am still studying this as best as I can, it’s an adventure 🙂
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