I've taken many reference photographs for my watercolor paintings-- here are a few.

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Part of my process for watercolors.

First step is composing the best design.

I consider myself a studio painter. I enjoy drawing from my imagination, life, photographs, and sometimes -- en plein air painting.  Creating a design from two or three photos is not uncommon for many of my watercolors.  After sketching out the design, including values and contrast, then I transfer the image to watercolor paper. I love the flow and transparency of watercolor painting. 





" Watercolors are the first and last thing a artist does."  Willem de Kooning

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Barra Gustafson

Austin, Texas, United States

(512) 771-2955