Idealized Design and a Golden Forest #ZoltanSzabo #Watercolor #WatercolorTechnique

I was playing with the Idealized Design technique from ‘Zoltan Szabo’s 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques‘.  His version is much more simplified and abstract.  This was my first try and I didn’t get it quite right, so I kept adding things to try and make it look better.

I like it.  For a first try, anyway. I like the technique too, though I don’t think I’d aim to be quite as abstract as Zoltan’s painting.  You never know, though.  Tastes change.


  1. Thank you! I love the book. With 70 techniques you know that none of the ideas is fully explored, so I wouldn't recommend it as a starter book for a beginner to watercolor. But it's one of the the bibles of watercolor. It's an older book (about 25 years old) but was re-released in 2011. I went to Amazon and found a used copy for about $5 plus 3.99 S&H. If you want to see one of his tutorials, there is one at ArtistsNetwork-

  2. Oh, only 2 or 3 of the exercises produce this kind of painting. He takes through exercises so that you can paint almost any kind of painting you want, though I think this is more his chosen style.

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