The 3 Phases to Learning How to Paint Realistic Watercolors

My new course, Watercolor Painting for Beginners, is now available online. This is where I teach how to paint realistic watercolors using traditional techniques.

I love to watch others develop their watercolor skills and evolve as an artist!

This is something I’ve taught for years in a classroom setting, and now I’m bringing it online to help creative folks that live outside my little area. Technology is great when it works, hee hee.

I’m very excited to get back to teaching this course!

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When it comes to learning how to paint watercolors realistically I’ve found it best to teach it in three phases:

  • The Foundation
  • Watercolor Basics
  • Continuing Practices

These phases cover every aspect of learning how to create a watercolor, from the very beginning to advanced studies. This allows the student to choose the area(s) they want to work on most in their own art.

Here’s a quick synopsis of these phases:

Phase 1: The Foundation

This phase actually has nothing to do with watercolor painting. It involves the prep work in drawing the layout of a watercolor painting. Knowing how to draw accurately is very important if your goal is to paint realistic watercolors. There’s very little erasing or painting over a mistake when it comes to watercolors, which is why it’s necessary to know exactly where all your lines and shapes will go before you even paint.

I designed The Fundamentals of Drawing to help those who want to brush up on their drawing skills. The best part of this course is anyone can take it and learn how to draw accurately. There’s no talent required, and I explain why that is in the 1st Module which is FREE for anyone to watch!

Phase 2: Watercolor Basics

This is the phase where you learn all about the tools, materials, techniques, color mixing, and most important the strategy of painting with watercolors. This is what I teach in my Watercolor Painting for Beginners course.

Learning the ins and outs of watercolors is only half the battle in this course. The other half is learning how to combine these skills to created a watercolor from scratch. I walk you through step by step explaining how to combine techniques in four very different paintings.

After you’re done painting these compositions you’ll be ready to start flexing your creative muscles on any compositions you want to create!

Phase 3: Continuing Practices

Once you know how to preform all the different watercolor techniques, mix paint, and have a basic understand of how to strategize a painting, you’re then ready to practice it all with guess what?

More painting!

This is when watercolors really start to get exciting because you get to explore how to use your new skills in compositions you pick to paint. Keep an eye out for future courses that will fall into this category from me. They will be mini courses that will demonstrate how to paint one subject matter from start to finish for artist that are looking to hone their skills.

With each new painting you create, you will further develop your own painting style, and before you know it, you’ll be creating your own original artwork!

What Phase Are You In?

Sometimes we learn how to draw and paint at different times, and not all necessarily in the proper order and that’s ok! What matters most is recognizing what you need to learn or work on to get you where you want to be with your art.

I want to hear what you want to work on most with your art! Tell me in the comment section below.

I would also love to hear what you are inspired to draw or paint most.

What is your favorite thing to make?



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