This course is for watercolor beginners with a little experience
This is a very thorough course with 11 lessons. So you'll get lots of practice.
My intention is to turn beginners into confident painters.
This means lots of practice.
And I’ve simplified everything so that you never get too overwhelmed or confused.
Everything is laid out in a very simple and clear way.
Is this course for you?
If you are an absolute beginner then I recommend that you do my 2 brush watercolor course before attempting this one.
Layout of the course
So this is how the course will go.
Each lesson will focus upon a particular landscape, such as a snow scene. Or it will focus on a difficult subject, such as painting a boat.
This will include a downloadable checklist that has links to dickblick art store so you can quickly order your art materials.
Then, I’ll show you how to set up all your materials. It is critical to arrange your materials correctly. Many beginners layout their materials in an almost thoughtless, haphazard manners. Doing so is almost a guarantee for failure. Don’t be like that.
We become masters at something by focusing on one part of it. So rather than introduce you to all the brushes you could use I’m going to show you just 3. And we are going to do some brush exercises that will help you to really get to know these brushes.
In this particular course we are going to focus mostly on using a bamboo brush. I’ve already done lessons on how to use the two other brushes in my One Brush and Two Brush courses.
Take the time to get to know your brush. Many beginner students struggle simply because they don’t know how to use their brushes and you’ll never paint a good picture until you really know how to use your brushes and what kind of effects you can create.
The three brushes we’ll use in this course are a hake, a bamboo brush and a liner.
And then I’ll show you how to mix your paints well and to really get to know your paints. That’s why we are only using 3 so that you don’t get overwhelmed and so you can focus on using just a few colors. Then you’ll really get to know the character of each color. I think you’ll be amazed by how many colors you can create with just 3 colors.
A Thorough Course
This is a very thorough course. We are going to paint 11 landscape scenes. So you will learn how to paint a wide variety of scenes, such as rural scenes, city scenes, snow scenes, river scenes and sea scenes. We’ll also do lessons on painting figures, cars and boats.
No Drawing Required
Although there is some drawing involved I’ve also included some downloadable drawings which you can trace over. So if you aren’t good at drawing then you can still do this course. I do though recommend you use this course to improve your drawing abilities.
No Creativity Required
You don’t have to be naturally creative to begin this course. That is something which will develop with time.
Feedback and encouragement.
You are not alone. You have the option to show me your work and get some advice from me on your work. I'm here to help and encourage. This is not an impersonal, do it all yourself course.
After you’ve finished it’s not the end of the story. You will be able to do the 4 Brush watercolor course and improve your skills even more.
If you give me the chance, I'll turn you into an awesome artist. But it takes time! That said, remember always to enjoy the journey and enjoy the mistakes. Give it a couple of years and before you know it, you'll start producing paintings that you want to frame and put up on your wall.
I am an English man living in Japan. I have been traveling around this interesting and wonderful country painting whatever takes my fancy for 18 years. Mostly, I love to paint landscapes and to capture the atmospheric quality of scenes at a particular moment in time.