67 Comments
  1. Lynda Newnes 2 weeks ago

    Extremely helpful. More important. Good luck with the your babies birth. Often easy the second time xx

  2. Tari Eilbeck 2 weeks ago

    Hope your special day birthing will be wonderful and your little creation inspires you…enjoy the moments because they grow up too fast Thanks for all your inspiration you give all us who love to create

  3. jeanne worthy 2 weeks ago

    A great tip, thanks for sharing it, and for reassuring all of us not to panic!!

    Do let us know when you have your babe….congratulations!!

  4. Carol staines 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Anna! Your generosity in sharing technique is amazing. Good luck with impending delivery! Xx

  5. Renee Cassese 2 weeks ago

    Great advice and spiritually healthy to remain open to a new way of seeing your painting.

    Many blessings for your new baby and your family.

  6. Julie 2 weeks ago

    Thank you, Anna! What a beautiful save! I love your red tulips. Also, best wishes on the arrival of your newest family member. These are exciting times for you!
    Love and blessings!
    Julie

  7. Brenda Lobley 2 weeks ago

    Hi Anna, I haven’t commented on anything you have emailed me in the past but I have always loved everything that you do. Thank you for finding time to share this latest tip as I am sure you have such a lot on your mind now. Looking forward to hearing about your new arrival ( much more interesting the one being broadcast at the moment).
    Brenda

  8. 5Flavors 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for sharing that even AMAZING painters make booboo’s. Best of luck to you.

  9. Brayden 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for addressing this issue as it’s definitely a tough one in watercolor! When this happens to me, sometimes I will turn the painting in a fun one with a few dots and sprinkles of watercolor around the main painting to spice it up or I will add another object, (like you did with the tulips) to cover up the mistake.
    Good luck with your new baby!
    God bless,
    Brayden

  10. Linda 2 weeks ago

    Best wishes on your new baby!
    I turn these happy accidents into an insect.

  11. Brenda 2 weeks ago

    Anna, Thank you all your amazing tips, you have saved me in more than one occassion‍ wishing you all the best with the upcoming birth extending your family! I love that you are so personable and include us in what is going on in your world! So down to earth and such an amazing teacher

  12. David Molloy 2 weeks ago

    Hiya Anna, Firstly, I hope all goes well for the birth and new arrival. I know that feeling of a stray speck of paint or worse! Scrubbing at it sometimes makes things far worse so your solution is the one to go for. All of my best wishes to you all, God bless. David.

  13. Carol Burkholder 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Anna. Your tulips are amazing. Thank you again for your absolutely beautiful and informative books. I’ve learned so much from you. I had a similar “not so happy mistake’ when I painted the black tulips in your first book Wish I had added another leaf Lol. Wishing you and your family all the best with your upcoming delivery. We, your admirer’s will patiently wait for you to have the time to teach and encourage us in the future:). Take care Anna

  14. Barbara Johnson 2 weeks ago

    After having a not so happy accident on one of my paintings, I began covering my background white area with tracing paper with just a cut out for the painted portion. The tracing paper protected my paper from drips and also any paint or oils on my hand that I might inadvertently transfer as I steady my hand on the paper while painting.

  15. Tanya T 2 weeks ago

    Thank you, Anna for sharing this information about correction and for sharing your technique overall! You give so much happiness to people! It opens a new world! Wishing you all the blessing with upcoming baby arrival! Amazing time being pregnant and counting days to see the face of your child! ❤️

  16. Larisa Weber 2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for this lesson, Anna. You are such a beautiful and vibrant lady, just like your amazing watercolors ! Have a blessed and happy delivery of your baby. XOXO

  17. Hilary 2 weeks ago

    It sounds like it may be a good opportunity to be extra creative. I try to resist the temptation to ‘bin’ anything I’m not pleased with and promise myself I’ll look again in the morning, usually it’s not so bad. I have a bad habit of not putting distance between me and the painting occasionally, then I micro criticise, stepping back a couple of yards helps me!
    Wishing you a safe delivery of your new daughter and a happy future for you all.

  18. Vickie Buccini 2 weeks ago

    Thank You for sharing your knowledge. Beautiful painting and great way to resolve a problem. Good luck with the exhibition and also the birth of your baby.

  19. Frances White 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for the information, very helpful and always look forward for your tips. Congrats on your addition to your family.

  20. Corinna Mcgregor 2 weeks ago

    What a great post! I think us novices often think we are the only ones that make mistakes. It’s terrible that it happened, but joyful that the rescue made the painting that much better! Blessings for an easy and wonder-filled birth!

  21. Elaine 2 weeks ago

    Such a positive message looking at mistakes as being ways to improve work. Thank. Very best wishes for you and your family.

  22. Rupi 2 weeks ago

    Thanks Anna….for d great post… congratulations..and good luck for impending delivery..

  23. Sharon Elliott 2 weeks ago

    Good one! I often get mistakes like this one and will benefit from your fix! Good luck with the little one!!

  24. Linda 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Anna for this helpful tip!
    All the best to you and the new little one!
    I love your work!
    Linda Stephan

  25. Linda 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Anna for this helpful tip!
    All the best to you and the new little one!
    I love your work!
    Linda Stephan

  26. Sharon 2 weeks ago

    Wishing you a healthy baby following an easy delivery.
    Thank you for the tips. I have created a butterfly and
    Another bud, a couple of times.

  27. Judy Swindell 2 weeks ago

    Thank you soooo much Anna for the very important information you shared with us. Very best of wishes on having your second baby. What a blessing they are to have and to hold and to watch them grow up. Cuddle, kiss, and love while they are small. as they grow up way too fast.

  28. Deepali 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for important tips….. And best wishes for new family members….

  29. Melinda crues 2 weeks ago

    You are inspiring me to go farther. I’m a fanatic about detail and have done large paintings with a tiny brush. Bought the brushes you recommended and the helped a lot. A painting takes me 6 months. I’m in the middle of one now. Then I will try your flowers exactly!! Exciting!!

  30. Andi Redfern 2 weeks ago

    Thank you very he!pful, good luck with new baby, hope all goes wellxx

  31. Marilyn Franks 2 weeks ago

    Happy Accidents Anna! So glad I still get your emails. And I am so happy to hear of the baby girl on the way. Prepare yourself for a totally different experience with learning how to manage two! And, you’ll be so tired and drained you won’t know what to do those first three months. But it will pass into something grand. You will also learn why we women ALWAYS go to the loo more than men (more nappies for little girls) lol I am thrilled for you and your husband and wish you all the best.

  32. Rita Judd 2 weeks ago

    I painted a butterfly a have a smudge on the top of the wing. I tried to get rid of it but I can still see a faint smudge. I can see it. Maybe I will put a twig or branch as a background. I’m still pondering it. Good luck with the new baby.

  33. Sylvia 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for sharing, Anna. Walking away to assess is great advice. Hugs to baby when he/she comes!

  34. Penny Taylor 2 weeks ago

    I’m sure this is a tip I’ll use… A LOT. Looking forward to hearing about your new addition.

  35. Coby Burns 2 weeks ago

    I sympathize! I was working on a pet portrait in watercolor and after a lot of hard work, finished and had it downstairs to iron flat before shipping and knocked a whole glass of water over it, then panicked and used my hand to swipe the water off. I’m sure the neighbors ears blushed hearing my laments. Once it dried I fixed the smears, the one on the background wash was the one I was most worried about. The fur was an easier fix. The customer loved it. And I had almost decided to toss it and start over!

  36. Jeanne Crook 2 weeks ago

    That is a really helpful tip Anna! I’ve had that experience & thought all was lost!
    Best wishes with your new baby. It’s such a special time for you & your family.
    Best wishes Jeanne xxxx

  37. Rosario 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for your help. I always threw it in the trash. Now I know I just have to paint another thing. And God bless your new baby.

  38. Dene Douglas 2 weeks ago

    Best wishes for your family in welcoming a new baby.
    Anna at times I have had similar problems with an odd paint splash and even changes of mind on placement of things. I have used the white cleaning sponge to carefully soak the mark then gently wipe off. Let it dry completely and then rub with the finest sandpaper you can obtain. Let the paper rest then polish with a smooth polishing stone I use a round smooth piece of rose quartz. Providing you have used good quality paper such as Arch it will easily stand up to this treatment. If you have hD a change of mind and used this technique and you are ready to paint over the area and you would like to resize the affected paper you can do so. The key is be gentle don’t fluff the paper up.

  39. ART FAELNAR 2 weeks ago

    Always beautiful. Always helpful. Wishing you a trouble-free delivery. God bless.

  40. Majella Ryan 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for all your good advice. Wishing you and your new baby everything that is good.

  41. Penny Crichton-Seager 2 weeks ago

    The easiest way to get rid of unwanted droplets etc is to use a magic sponge – dense, white rectangular. It will usually lift even staining colours like the pthalos. I don’t paint like you, my style is looser and portraiture, so droplets etc are welcome. Occasionally I may need to do a big shift and then the magic sponge comes in very useful. It will pretty much remove the surface of the paper, so it’s good for areas not to be painted. If you do have to go back in then add a little gum arabic to the paint to resist too quick an absorption. Do not waste money on so called art sponges – you can buy a pack of 10 from the cheapest shops for a couple of pounds. You can

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      Anna Mason 2 weeks ago

      I’ve tried the magic erasers Penny and they’re good to have in your kit, but I find for my big white plain paper backgrounds, they do damage the surface too much when dealing with a staining paint.

      • Jenny Thomas 2 weeks ago

        BEWARE
        I did a wonderful portrait of mt granddaughter but her mouth was not quite right at one corner. Unfortunately I tried to lift it out, and then used (don’t collapse) a rubber ! Off course I took the surface off and it’s beyond repair!

  42. Laurette Searle 2 weeks ago

    May your little person join you in this world with all well ! Thank you for all the details you give us to do our painting. You are the best!

  43. Adrienne Saunders 2 weeks ago

    Wonderful news that your baby is due to arrive soon and wish you and your family all the very best wishes for your future together,
    Thank you for your post and I will use your tips as they are totally the most helpful.

  44. Shipra Shah 2 weeks ago

    Thanks Anna very helpful and reassuring when it comes from an accomplished and experienced artist like yourself. The two petals look like they were always there!
    And yes all the best for your delivery

    Thanks and Regards
    Shippi

  45. Jane 2 weeks ago

    Awesome! Great to know how you can turn a potential disaster into an even more beautiful composition!!!
    Best wishes for a safe delivery and healthy baby!

  46. Molly Caton 2 weeks ago

    Thank You Anna, good luck on the birth of your baby x

  47. Molly Caton 2 weeks ago

    Thank You Anna. Good luck on the birth of your baby , hope everything goes well x

  48. Rivkah LaFille 2 weeks ago

    I often keep paper over all areas except where I am currently working (and no still-wet areas obviously), but I had one time where my son decided to play trains on my very much off limits work area and spilled coffee across the entire bottom of the piece. Thankfully, it was ocean, so I was able to shift the colors fairly easily, but unfortunately it threw off the light/dark balance in the entire piece, so I had to go back over the rest of it to match. It was frustrating, a huge piece with a lot of detail that had been only a few hours near completion. And I can’t say the final piece came out better, just darker and more high contrast than I would have liked. And literally days more work!

    Lesson learned? Keep my coffee AWAY from my desk when I leave it, and put my art where my toddler won’t be able to get to it, whether intentionally or inadvertently (I have also found him drawing with crayons on the sheet of paper I usually keep on top to protect my work!

    The only other really huge mistake I made on a big project was when I changed my mind about the red on a dress and realized it needed to be yellow! I literally cut out the entire dress with watercolor paper behind it to exactly match the cut out hole, and then I taped on the fresh piece from the back and filled in the minute gaps with watercolor ground.

    I don’t think that would fly on a gallery piece, but for a piece meant for reproduction in a publication instead of to hang on a wall, it worked. 🙂

  49. Loralyn 2 weeks ago

    When I painted the sweet pea (I believe that was the painting) my blob became a little bee!

  50. Sharon k Schuyler 2 weeks ago

    So excited to hear about the coming baby! Congratulations! May God bless you with a healthy, happy little one! Hopefully you will post a photo. Enjoy your blogs. Thanks for sharing with us.

  51. Jo-Ann Siemienowicz 2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much Anna have had this happen a few times. Each time I thought it couldn’t be saved and started a new painting. Now thanks to your wonderful creative composition idea I won’t have to worry about this any more. Am very new to watercolour and am looking forward to taking classes with you, in the near future.
    Good luck with the birth of your new little one. Such an exciting time.

  52. Janet Kyle 2 weeks ago

    Anna, your advice is always so helpful so thank you.
    Wishing you an easy delivery for a healthy little one. Congrats!
    ❤️

  53. Helen T 2 weeks ago

    Happy birthday Anna! Nice to know I’m in good company;)

    This is stunning & a big help, thank you x

  54. mmstickney 2 weeks ago

    My cats visit my painting station every session. They lounge and relax smack dab on my painting- gasp. Drink out of the paint water oh my. Every one of my paintings has cat splotches and paw marks. I do my best removing hair and paw prints. I know which paintings are mine in a lineup! Anna you are the most helpful teacher in my life. In retirement I am finally able to become a painter because of your desire to share. Have a safe delivery and enjoy the time you have with your family. We all await anxiously for the new arrival. Peggy

  55. Victoria Eugenia 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for this information.
    Happy birthday. I also want to wish you happy delivery of your soon newborn baby.

  56. Cousin 2 weeks ago

    Great Ideas, Happy Birthday Anna!! I can’t wait to see pics of the new baby!!

  57. Sue Cannella 2 weeks ago

    Thanks so much, Anna. You came up with the perfect rescue for your painting, and a very valuable tip for all us aspiring artists. Happy birthday, and endless good wishes for you and your new little family member.

  58. Bronwyn Bossley 2 weeks ago

    Thank you great help. Have an easy birth lots of Taurus around ha. Happy Birthday mine is the 220th.
    Cheers

  59. Nisha 2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much and Congratulations

  60. Cinny 2 weeks ago

    Great idea! I’m sure I’ll use it sometime…..BTW I’d love to paint those tulips, they’re so vibrant and full of movement …tutorial?????

  61. Magdalena Errázuriz 2 weeks ago

    Dear Anna:
    Really helpfull! And lots of congratulations for being a mom again. The most important work in life.
    Regards, Magdalena Errázuriz.

  62. Dena 1 week ago

    That beautiful leaf would never have existed without the ‘mistake’! A lesson both in art and life. Love your work and creativity – you’re a real ray of sunshine- may you and yours always be healthy and happy. Thank you for channelling your special gifts and support to the rest of us xx

  63. MammaLsrla 1 week ago

    Well that was just the best! I am going to go look at my “Pink Cosmos” Nd see what I can do!

    Also, now that Megan gave birth to Archie (love that all boy name), it’s time for your bundle of joy to come! Wish you the best and take lots of pictures as they change so much so quickly’

  64. Ann 1 week ago

    Thank you, Anna for this very useful tip & best of luck for your Tulips Exhibition entry, which is as always – Stunning! I dropped my paint brush on a finished landscape fortunately, it fell on the sky & able to cover it as a bird in flight!
    Thank you too, for sharing your gift of art.
    Wishing you an easy delivery with baby & looking forward to hearing your news….X

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