Wednesday, January 20, 2010

John's Watercolors User: Barb Hartsook

Northern Ohio artist Barb Hartsook created Snowy Trees with John's Watercolors. I like Barb's spontaneous approach.

"This is a quickie, done on different layers. Your watercolor brushes give me the feeling of painting with real paints, but without the slowness of Painter’s watercolor layers. With the Wet Rough and Wet Soften brushes, I can get the look of traditional watercolors fading away – a look I like.

I used the following brushes on this doodle: Gel Wash to get the background. Great brush for skies, distant mountains or trees. Wet Bristle to draw the trees. Versatile brush that will do just about anything I want it to. It responds to how I hold it and move it, and with how much pressure. I feels real in my hand. Gel Opaque to paint the snow. Wet Splatter for the fun."

You can head over to Barb's blog, Over Coffee, to see more of her work.

If you have an example of art created with John's Watercolors, send me a JPEG—your work may get featured here!

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!


  1. Really great stuff Barb! Love your explanations too! I agree about the Wet Bristle, I kind of rediscovered it yesterday- very useful with a nice wet feel to it.

  2. Excellent use of John's brushes Barb, thank you for being such an inspiration. Your work is a delight to view.

  3. Congratulations Barb, it's a wonderful painting and shows off John's brushes so well. Thank you John for posting one of Barb's beautiful paintings...and a painting done in my favorite colors too!

  4. Thanks, Joan. I'll watch to see what you do with it. I love your traditional-look-landscapes done in Painter using John's brushes. Your tutorials (on your blog) inspired me to play with them a bit.

    I'm doing a more serious subject with my Derry-Brushes, and wanted to explore and practice with them first by doodling.

    Thanks for commenting.

  5. Thank you John! I'm honored to be featured here... :)

  6. Wow, Barb, this is excellent.. love the colors and texture... and John, those brushes really are awesome! Keep up the good work... love it!