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What makes Watercolor painting truly beautiful

By: Nika Tay Hui Min

Beautiful. Mesmerizing. Ethereal

These are some of the words that come to mind when we look at watercolor paintings from scenic landscapes, human portraits, flowers, calligraphy to just about anything. Watercolor possesses such a beautiful allure that can pull anyone in. Artist Linda Daly Baker writes, “Watercolor for me is all about the transparency and glow that you can achieve with this media that is not possible with other forms of art.”

As it remains one of the most accessible and versatile art forms that can offer rich, vivid to soft and soothing tones. In recent years, its’ popularity has been rising through and through. With a basic set of palette, materials, and proper techniques, anyone can turn a plain piece of paper into a beautiful artwork!

Characteristics of Watercolor painting


For one, the beauty of watercolor truly lies in its luminosity and transparency not found in other art forms. When mixed with water, this gives the water-soluble pigments or palette its’ transparent yet pastel-like properties. And when painted, it allows the whiteness of the paper to shine through both complementing and enhancing the luminosity and ‘glowing’ properties of the painting.

Liberal Paint Strokes

Another unique characteristic of watercolor paintings is the sense of free flowing-ness and feel to it. As the brush deftly touches the paper this is where as the painter – although it is possible to control where and what the paint does on paper – should allow the paint to flow by itself. Often, it is in this freeness and openness where creativity comes to life; where at times a painting ‘mistake’ can turn into a beautiful mess! So, fear not! Be open, be free during any watercolor painting session, allowing the paint to take its course and enjoy the process. You may just end up with an artwork filled with unexpected surprises! 

Painting with watercolor paints is a beautiful and mesmerizing way to creatively express and bring your feelings, emotions and artistic vision onto a piece of paper. It embodies so much beauty, expression and ethereal qualities with it. We have put together the types of watercolor brushes and techniques to help get you started!

So why not give it a try and see the beauty of the world and of nature through watercolor paintings! If you’re reading this article and would like to experience the unique qualities of watercolor, browse through our workshop catalogue and sign up for our watercolor painting class.

Throughout our classes, you will learn various watercolor techniques that will allow you to bring home a beautiful, dreamy piece of artwork to decorate your homes or work desks. At ArtPazionate, there’s always a little something to look forward to!


Top 3 Proven Health Benefits of Art for Older Adults

Art doesn’t only benefit the young.

It also benefits the young at heart! At Art Pazionate, our painting and drawing classes for adults in Singapore provide a plethora of benefits to the physical and mental health of our adult students.

However, some older adults think that they can’t participate in Art Pazionate’s art classes for teens & adults unless they are fully qualified artists creating majestic sculptures and paintings. Some even stray far away from any adult drawing & painting class in Singapore, all because they hold the false idea that they would have to work together with an art therapist in a sterile, clinical-like setting to fully reap the benefits of art.

However, we are all born with an innate desire for creative expression. In fact, there is a mounting body of substantial evidence that proves recreational art activities—from drawing classes to watercolor painting for adults in Singapore—can greatly benefit both the mental and physical health of older adults.

Read on for our top 3 proven health benefits of art for older adults!

1. Reduces Risks of Young-Onset Dementia

Singapore is home to one of the fastest-ageing populations in the Asia-Pacific region. In fact, in 2015, National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) Neuroscience Clinic (Tan Tock Seng Hospital Campus) diagnosed 179 patients with young-onset dementia—a fivefold increase from 2011.

Once regarded as a condition that affects only the elderly aged over 65, young-onset dementia among older adults is now projected to double by 2030.

However, prevention is always better than cure! You can wield paintbrushes, not weapons, to defend yourself and reduce the risks of young-onset dementia before it happens. Participating in our painting and drawing classes for adults in Singapore—from watercolor painting, canvas painting to drawing lessons—can help with creative self-expression. With no end goal in mind, simply draw out all of your mental states, emotions, thoughts, and ideas on canvas, It is a mentally stimulating activity that will keep your brain constantly engaged to help reduce the risks of young-onset dementia.

2. Improves Mental Health and Sense of Well-being

We know, we know—art classes for teens & adults can help improve your mental health and sense of well-being. While there is a ton of anecdotal evidence out there to support this, allow us to give you the hard evidence. Research has found that engaging in recreational art activities such as watercolor painting, canvas painting and drawing lessons does lower your stress levels and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm (Scott, E 2018) This results in improved mental health and sense of well-being, which increases your ability to manage both your work and familial responsibilities in healthier ways.

3. Elevates Social Awareness and Engagement

“Painting embraces all the ten functions of the eye; that is to say, darkness, light, body and
color, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.”
— Leonardo da Vinci

Regular, active engagement in our recreational painting and drawing classes for adults in Singapore will get you into “the zone” or “state of flow”. This refers to the meditative-like state in which you find yourself unconsciously pouring all your energy into even the smallest details of your watercolor painting, canvas painting and drawing. It trains you to pay more attention to the details in the environment of your drawing & painting class. In turn, through brain chemicals and neuroscience, this elevates your social awareness and engagement with the people around you. This reduces stress and increases relationship healing between you, your dependents and more!

Come and experience the healing joys of creating art by enrolling into our wide range of watercolor painting, canvas painting and drawing lessons for adults in Singapore! For more information or to register your interest in our adult art classes, please contact us today.