It would be a disservice if I did not provide for everyone the various sources of information and lessons that I have looked through. Some are better than others, and I will include those that I think would be most helpful. Below are some great sources I may mention throughout my blog, all located on one page. I will update as I go.
Jim Black’s Watercolor – Some really nice lessons and advice to go over. Lots of experience and a good writing voice that is pleasant to follow. This is good, because I did not see any video tutorials, but the written instructions are easy to understand. I plan on following some of his lessons.
Patrick Ley-Greaves – Some fantastic tutorials with videos. Often also hosts mini-challenges where you can upload your artwork. It is a nice community with some good resources I have already taken advantage of. Membership is free, and gets you access to some additional tutorials. He also has a Youtube page that I have spent some hours on.
The Painting & Drawing Channel – Really good Youtube video channel with stuff more along the lines of tips and techniques to really have your watercolors improving and looking professional.
The Mind of Watercolor – Great Youtube channel with a focus on some techniques and a lot of encouragement for experimentation with studies and color before determining to paint that masterpiece. Practice, practice, practice.
Alan Owen – Fantastic watercolorist who talks you through many of his paintings during the process of their creation. He works most often in the loose style of painting, and is very active with his uploads. This is a Youtube channel, as well.
Erik Lundgren – I just really enjoy watching this man paint beautiful artworks in a style that appeals to me. He uses only a handful of colors to paint things that convey such structure and atmosphere. Just watch one (it will turn into more) and you will now what I mean when I say his paintings have polish.
Umberto Rossini – Fantastic watercolorist with a penchant for loose color and composition. Don’t be fooled by this description, however, as his approach to preparing for each painting is not loose at all and the finished products belie great talent and foresight in his works.
Peter Sheeler – Very much a different approach to watercolor, by using Pen and Wash technique. I think this is a good place to practice skills of the underdrawing and then proper application of colors to produce a three-dimensional effect on a smaller scale before using the larger papers and rushing into a painting without planning enough ahead. I am often guilty of that, so I should not be surprised at the results.
Social Networking and Media
For those of you who have social media, which I gather is the majority, there are great options there as well. For instance, I have a Facebook account and joined the Watercolor Addicts, Watercolor Workshop, Watercolor Passion, and Watercolor groups. All are very active and incredibly warm communities. Whenever I have posted a work, I get feedback within the same day, often within hours. If you have a question, post it there, and you will be pleased with the answers and draw on the experiences of the whole community there. I just like scrolling through my wall and seeing some great artists posting their work and insights, each beautiful in its own right. It always brightens my day. Not to mention that by leaving your own comments or giving someone a thumbs up there, you are probably making his or her day!
If you are more of a book-worm, there are some fantastic resources there, as well. I have amassed a few and am slowly progressing through them, and some are much more helpful than others. I will list the ones I found more intriguing and interesting here.
Watercolor, You Can Do It! by Tony Couch – Really excellent breakdown of the thinking and planning you should put in before even putting a brush to paper.
Watercolor for the Serious Beginner by Mary Whyte – Nice approach for a person who really is more interested not only in enjoying themselves, but learning how to produce some nice results with thinking about just a few principles shared in the book.
Successful and Creative Washes by Barry Herniman – An artist who uses a lot of color and outlines techniques he uses so nicely, like the ‘dip-dip-dip’ method for painting and his spatter and pull technique for rock formations and bushes. Approachable and readily applicable. The series of step-by-step paintings inside are also a great help.
I have no reason to pretend that I know a lot about watercolor painting – because I don’t. In fact, I really am learning all the time. And I get frustrated a lot. Sometimes I don’t want to show what I did to anyone because I have seen kindergarteners with more talent, but at that moment someone walks by. The worst thing is, they come, they look, wait a few seconds more, and then leave without saying a word. Yup, we have a strict household – if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. The message gets across anyway ;).
Let me know if you have any others, I will check them out and add accordingly. 🙂