Physics of Watercolor by Mary Helsaple

Mary Helsaple
Mary Helsaple
Mary Helsaple was raised in California, an avid birdwatcher, a national exhibiting watercolor artist who moved to the Southwest from Colorado in 2008. My artistic goal is to tell a story that connects people to nature.  The premise is:  Where and how do humans fit into their environment.  What niche do we fill, and who shares it with us.  We engage nature every day.  Is it a culture clash or a symbiotic relationship?  Helsaple’s watercolors are large works on paper, done in the ‘narrative style’ with finely detailed images of plants birds, animals, and insects which merge into natural surroundings in familiar and exotic environments.




Physics of Watercolor illustrates the physical properties of how and why watercolors work, and shows examples of techniques used to create intricate, detailed images on paper. The compact book contains important information on brushes, pigment and watercolor paper. It describes how to control watercolor pigment, washes and how to layer colors while retaining the luminosity of the watercolor paper. Each technique is described and illustrated in detail with progressive step by step instructions. Practicing and learning the techniques in this book will help you understand and become proficient at watercolor painting.

59 Pages
Written by Mary Helsaple