Adventures In Watercolor: Lockdown Art

I haven’t touched my watercolor kit in over a year, but these past months, while stuck in lockdown, I was inspired to paint again, if only to give my hands something to do and to get my mind off things. I was really rusty though, so these aren’t the greatest, but at least a few of them are originals – painted from photos instead of just following an online tutorial. I have this idea of painting at least one scene from each of the countries I’ve been to over the last five years, but so far, I’ve only managed one from Iceland and one from Iran. Still, it’s something, isn’t it?


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A church near Vik, Iceland

Agha Bozorg Mosque in Kashan, Iran (yes, I don’t know how to handle the texture of the wall at all)


3 Comments on “Adventures In Watercolor: Lockdown Art”

  1. Mike says:

    Oooh, you got your paints out!!! I’m so glad to see this! These are great, Salazar! You have a natural skill in painting and is clearly displayed in your use of perspective, color interaction and brush strokes. I encourage you to keep going with this.
    I don’t know if you still follow my blog, but recently, I’ve been experimenting with acrylic paints, which I really love working with. The paint mixes differently than watercolor and I really like how it interacts with the paper. If you get a chance, check out some of my latest posts.
    Keep up the great work here. You haven’t lost the skill, that’s for sure!

    • Salazar says:

      Thanks, Mike. I’ve dabbled in acrylic too, and I found it an easier medium to work with than watercolor due to its matte finish (as opposed to watercolor’s transparency). I still prefer watercolor though.

      • Mike says:

        Yeah, I like watercolor better too as it’s a little easier to work with, and the clean up is under 5 minutes. With acrylics, it takes about 3 times as long and if you don’t clean your brushes properly, you end up with “very expensive sticks”, as my art professor once told me. I found that if you apply watercolor fairly “dry” (using as little water as possible), you don’t get as much transparency, which is great for more vivid pieces.


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