Loose watercolor sketching is a great ‘skill’ to have as a watercolor painter! Not only does it help you get paint onto paper quickly, but it can also help you work through ideas, and get in some low-pressure practice.

I define loose watercolor sketches as having the following four characteristics:

1. They are painted ‘relatively’ quickly
2. They are typically smaller in size
3. They are free and fluid
4. They are painted ‘all at once’

I love how loose watercolor sketching can capture the essence of a subject relatively quickly without getting TOO into all the nitty-gritty details.

Being able to pare down what we see (complex) down to simple and loose forms is definitely a skill that needs to be practiced. And the only way to get better at it is to try again…and again.

I hope this set of exercises will help you do some loose watercolor practice of your own.

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    1. Hi Patricia, I just tested it and it seems to be working for me – would you mind trying to refresh your browser and trying again? It could also have to do with the internet connection speed. I’ll check in with you via email to see if it’s working. Thanks for letting me know.

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