Hollyhocks with Full Summer Colors
Lush Wet on Wet Background with Limited Palette
How did you do that amazing background?
That's what your friends will be asking you after this lesson. Working wet on wet can be a challenge, but this video demonstration shows exactly how you can get lush, glowing colors for the perfect background to your summer flowers. Every painting is unique with watercolor washes.
Limited Palette - Easier To Use and Better Results
This lesson uses only four (or five) colors: cobalt blue, phthalo blue, yellow, and quinacridone red, for the entire painting. Learning to mix the perfect colors is easier and doable with fewer colors, plus the limited palette will automatically give your painting a professional look.
Understand Green Shades and Easy Blends for Dark Values
Your green shades and darks are built in with these colors - don't struggle with green anymore! You'll be amazed at the range of color and value you can achieve.
I'm a self taught artist and I love teaching!
My story is simple.
I showed a lot of talent as a child, but my parents discouraged art - a waste of time! I spent my adult life as a nurse and raised a family - pretty busy. I also kept painting.
I wanted my paintings to be realistic, but the watercolor teachers would roll their eyes and tell me, "That's not how you paint watercolors."
Despite the naysayers, I just kept going and taught myself how to paint realism, the way I wanted it, with watercolors. After years of practicing (and lots of bad paintings), I got really good.
I found that not only did I really enjoy teaching other people (and giving them the encouragement I never had), I continued to learn and improve my art through teaching others. It's a win-win!
And so, I set up this site (and my Patreon site) to encourage other people to give watercolor a try. I think it improves their life and that anyone lucky enough to be able to afford the materials and time to dabble in painting is blessed. Whether (or not) you ever turn into a master painter or just gain the admiration of your friends and family.
Watercolor is doable. The more people painting, the better the world will be. Give it a try today!
And yes, this cowboy is a watercolor painting. (Reference photo used with permission by Diana Robinson)