Hi. I agree - I love rich colors. Even if my painting does not turn out exactly as I intended, I am more happy with it if I like the colors.
I do add water to my paint. I generally use a thicker, buttery type of Acrylic paint and add a little water to get a smooth consistency. If painting flowers or water, I sometimes use an acrylic medium instead of water. I read somewhere that this creates a smoother texture, so I am trying it out.
I really use a variety of brushes and experiment with what will work, but I usually start out with a bigger round or filbert brush to block in the main shapes and then use smaller or more textured brushes for more detail. I use rounds, filberts, flats, liners and occasionally a fan or foliage brush. Whatever seems to give me the shape I am trying to create.
I keep a piece of scrap paper next to my painting and experiment with strokes and color mixes briefly before painting on the finished project. It helps me to get an effect that I am more pleased with.
How about you - what types of paint and brushes do you use? I like the bright color in your work and remember you said that you paint to music and it sounds like colors flow off your brush! I would like to be more like that.
I appreciate your kind words about my painting, but I want you to know that I am still very much learning to paint, as well. It is a process that goes on for a while - perhaps our whole lives.
As far as copying the painting goes, if you think it will help you, please go ahead. Just to share my experience in this area, I have found it a better learning experience to work from a photo of a different scene, but observe the techniques that other painters use to get the effect that I am looking for. The photo helps me to get the correct light and values that may not be as evident in the painting. I found that I really moved ahead faster when I used photos for some reason. Just my experience, but wanted to share it.
Let me know if you have any questions or I can help in any way. You will find all the videos, as well as other learning materials in the "Video Demos" tab, there are "Work In Progress" photo demos in the "Photo Demo" tab. Check out my blogs, as well as other members' in the "Blogs" tab. You've already found the Discussions - that's great! We've just started collecting photos to choose our Summer Challenge - you can find that in the "Challenges" tab...