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How Can Learning To Paint Good Basic Watercolors Avoid Heartache?

Apr 8, 2008
I have to admit that a critic could have been right to say that my simple 2 stage learn how to paint watercolors course was too simple...

The course is too simple for a beginner who expects a painting course to show them how to paint landscapes, still-life pictures, portraits and technical subjects. It is far simpler because it was aimed at artists who wanted to learn how to paint without the pressures of learning to draw.

There are 2 reasons to go right back beyond the basics of painting watercolors...

1. It is a good idea to learn how to paint before painting a Mona Lisa

2. When your painting is going wrong it is good to return to first principles

It is true that there are unusually lucky people. When they pick up a box of paints and a brush they can easily paint their first watercolor landscape painting. They never seem to struggle with their art. Such fortunate people are a minority.

On the other hand, most of us aren't blessed with such talents...

* Learning how to paint watercolors isn't easy

* At times it can seem impossible to paint watercolor pictures

It is easy to find that every brush mark you make turns into a mess. It is far too easy to create a nightmare of badly mixed colors. You'll find color washes flooding the wrong areas of your painting.

It doesn't take long for your great art ideas to turn into muddy chaos. And, when things go wrong you are lost. Unless you know what is happening as the watercolor paint sweeps across your sheet of watercolor paper you will never improve...

* You should look at how color goes where water takes it

* Understanding that you will wreck a color wash if you haven't left it to dry before adding the nest wash

* You need to know how to get different color intensity and tone from a single color before you try to add another color to the equation

Like the old saying goes... "It is better to learn to walk before you run"

It is so easy to become disappointed with your watercolor painting. It is easier still for you to look like you have no artistic ideas and talents. Worst of all you can be made to look like you have no painting skills at all.

So, given the choice, which option would you choose?

"Having a deep knowledge of simple and easy basic watercolor painting or... Disappointment and frustration?"
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