Opening Doors

This is another exercise from the book Atmospheric Watercolours by Jean Haines….

The Venetian Door - NB

This is The Venetian Door. There is every colour in the rainbow in this! Normally I wouldn’t use so may colours but just for the exercise in the book I have stuck to similar, not identical, colours to what Jean used. I’ve certainly put my own stamp on this – mine looks quite a bit different to the version in the book….

The purpose of this exercise is to simply practice a variety of techniques Jean teaches in her book. I enjoyed painting this. It’s good practice at painting loosely. This watercolour measures 8″ x 11″ and was painted on 140 lb Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper.

Slowly but surely I think my watercolour skills are improving….

30 thoughts on “Opening Doors

  1. Gorgeous, Evelyn. I am a sucker for colour! Love the rainbow colours in your door. Doors, windows, bridges, staircases – I love all these, and tend to collect them on Pinterest for inspiration for future projects. My hubby always laughs at me for photographing stuff like this when we are out and about. They all come in many shapes and forms, and offer endless scope for decoration and embellishment. I think I like them because they are all about movement, from one state to another, and they contain mystery about what lies beyond.


    1. Thank you Shoshi. I think doors often represent opportunities, so it seemed a good way to start a new year – new doors opening, new opportunities hopefully….

  2. They surely are, Evelyn!
    But then I thought you created beautifully from the very beginning.
    I really love all of the color in this one. It is beautiful, and especially nice for me right now when everything here is so cold and gray.
    Have a wonderful week!

  3. awesome job on this exercise. I recall doing it, and it is harder than it looks. Makes me want to try again. I am certain yours is much better!

    1. Thank you so much Jodi – again this was my second attempt at this exercise and I’m fairly pleased with it. And you’re right – it is harder than it looks! Like you, I may do it again sometime. Do you know what one of the hardest things I’m having to learn with watercolour is? Having the knowledge to know and the patience to let certain areas dry before I continue working on them…. !! I’ll get there…. hopefully….

  4. Evelyn, I’m always moved by your color palette in the lovely paintings you do. This one is uplifting on a cold winter morning, and the purple at the top brings light resemble the sky above your door. The washed look of watercolor is very relaxing to view. This is one I would frame. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

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