Bella Vida by Letty


Watercolor: a. A paint composed of a water-soluble pigment. b. A work that is executed through the use of this paint.

The top three images in this post are watercolor paintings I created this year.  It’s been quite a journey.  I made a promise to myself that I would take this year and remove every limitation.  I have allowed myself to create as soon as the urge presents itself.  I can only feel proud of myself for taking chances I never would have before.  I hope you are inspired to create the changes you desire in your life.

Watercolor paint consists of four principal ingredients:

  • Pigments:  natural or synthetic, mineral or organic;
  • Arabic gum: as a binder to hold the pigment in suspension and fix the pigment to the painting surface
  • Additives: glycerin, ox gall, honey, preservatives: to alter the viscosity, hiding, durability or color of the pigment and vehicle mixture
  • Solvent: the substance used to thin or dilute the paint for application and that evaporates when the paint hardens or dries.

A few famous Watercolor Artists

Paul Cézanne

Cézanne often depicted human skulls. In still lifes, skulls frequently symbolize the briefness of human existence.

Georgia O’Keeffe

“I have but one desire as a painter – that is to paint what I see, as I see it, in my own way, without regard for the desires or taste of the professional dealer or the professional collector.”-  Georgia O’Keeffe

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh produced nearly 150 watercolor paintings during his life.


“What a splendid thing watercolor is to express atmosphere and distance, so that the figure is surrounded by air and can breathe in it.” Vincent van Gogh

“Because watercolor actually moves on the paper, it is the most active of all mediums, almost a performance art.” Nita Engle

“Painting in watercolor is like walking a tight-rope; one must find perfect balance between what the paint wants to do and what the artist wants to do, or all is lost.” Mary C. Taylor


Synonyms: aquarelle, art, artwork, painting, depicting; drawing; design; perspective, composition; treatment, picture, painting, piece, canvas, miniature; shade, silhouette; profile., landscape, seapiece; view, scene, prospect; panorama, diorama; still life., picture gallery, exhibit, brush painting, scroll painting

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