Basic Lessons

Four Ways To Show Shade and Shadow

Four Ways To Show Shade And Shadow Value, Intensity and Color To Match Light Effect Practicing a particular skill or technique by itself is a good idea. It allows you to focus on that one thing with out worrying about other aspects of the painting.  Using a simple...

Lemons and Plums Still Life Value Sketch

Value Sketch For Lemon and Plums Still Life A Quick Overview Process From Original Sketch To Value Arrangement Finding Inspiration In An Old Sketch I was looking for a subject to use as a simple painting that would include work with three particular skills. As usual,...

Color Basics – The Characteristics of Color

Color Basics The Characteristics of Color In Basic TermsColor and Its Characteristics The simple word "color" really hides its complex nature. In most non-art related dealings a single word or two is what we use to refer to the color of some object. And in that...

Painting Cylinders In Watercolor

Painting Cylinders In Watercolor This Is A Simple Shape That Underlies Many Common Objects A Simple Shape With A Tricky Edge Cylinder are everywhere around us. Many common objects have cylindrical shapes - tree trunks, silos, rounded fenceposts, vases, candles - the...

Two Tea Tins In Two Minutes

Fast And Loose Watercolor Painting Lesson Build Basic Brush and Wash Skills With Another Fast LessonFast Work For Building Skill Working fast and loose with a short deadline rarely results in a masterpiece, but it does help build skill with the brush and those...

Tonal Value, Definition, Concept And Importance In Painting

The Value of Value Learn The Basics Of This Important ElementValue Defined Value is a measure of the relative lightness or darkness of a color or color shape. It is also referred to as tone and is one of the three characteristics of color. Learning to see the many...

Value Sketching – Basic Ideas And Techniques

Planning Your Painting One Of The Best Ways To Improve Your Watercolor Painting Why Use Thumbnail Sketches? Creating small - thumbnail - value sketches is a recommended practice for watercolor painting. The process of creating them promotes and stimulates exploration...

High-Key Value Arrangement Cube Study

Learn High-Key Value   Easy Subject and Composition For StudyThis quick video goes step-by-step through creating a low-key value study with a simple cube study. High-key Value Arrangement  High-key value compositions are those that include values from the lighter...

Winter Landscape Scene In Watercolor In Two Minutes

A Fast, Easy Watercolor Painting Skill Builder   Trees, Forest and Stream - Fast and Loose A quick watercolor painting done in just two minutes. We'll use a simple composition and a unique combination of colors to paint an expressive forest landscape winter...

Quick Paint Project With An Artistic Subject

Paint Brushes On The Easel A Fast And Loose Two-Minute Skill Builder Another fast and loose watercolor skill-builder. This time, the subject - three watercolor brushes - are laying on the easel in front of me, so you'll get the chance to watch me interpret the subject...

Get The Values You Want In Your Watercolor Painting

Get The Value You Want The Simple Process of Comparing Value Sketch To Finished PaintingThe Value of Value Developing the habit of creating small, thumbnail value sketches is one of the most under appreciated ways to develop your paintings. The process doesn't always...

Rocks, Reflections and Water – Quick Watercolor Painting Lesson

Rocks In Water Another Two-minute Skillbuilding Drill Two Minute drills are great for many reasons. The first is that you get to do a little watercolor painting very quickly - so if you are short on time, it's perfect! Plus you'll have to work very fluidly, just to be...

Watercolor Painting Wet-In-Wet Technique

Watercolor Painting - The Wet Into Wet Technique The wet-in-wet technique is so fundamental to painting in watercolor that it is a requirement for anyone who wants to get the best from the watercolor medium. Learning the wet-in-wet technique will: Help you gain...

Fast Early Morning Street Scene – Watercolor Painting Lesson

Early Morning Street Scene - Fast & Loose Another Fast Painting Exercise Get the paint and brushes ready!  Another fast and loose two-minute drill! These fast exercise usually don't result in some great painting. But they do help you develop valuable skills:...

Quick Painting of Fallen Leaves in Watercolor

Quick Painting Of Fallen Leaves Another Fast Painting Exercise Another two-minute drill! This one is of a handful of autumn leaves fallen to the ground.  These two-minute drills are designed to help you build skill with the brush, learn to work fluidly and...

Watercolor Painting Dry In Wet Technique

The Important Dry-In-Wet Watercolor Painting Technique Often Overlooked By Vitally Important Technique Don't be fooled by the opening title!  This is one of the first videos shot and my editing skills were lacking! I may fix it someday. But for now, we can all have a...

Watercolor Painting Basic Techniques – Drybrush Method and Lifting

Watercolor Painting - Drybrush and Lift Technique These two techniques are used less than Wet-In-Wet and the Dry-In-Wet techniques. But they are important and useful techniques. These, together with wet-in-wet and dry-in-wet will really allow you to get everything you...

Watercolor Painting – Blooms, Streaks, Mud

What Can Go Wrong In Watercolor Painting - Blooms, Streaks, and Mud There are several very common flaws that appear in our paintings way too often. They are; blooms, streaks and mud. All three are caused by losing track of some important fundamentals. This video shows...

Easy To Paint Pine Trees In Watercolor

How To Paint These Easy Pine Trees In Watercolor We've all seen those tall, skinny pine trees that dot the landscape. They are easy to paint in watercolor with just a couple simple techniques and a few colors.  Let's take a look. What you'll need: Medium round brush...

Creating A Five Step Value Scale

Creating A Five Step Value Scale One Of The Most Useful Painting Tools You Can Have One of the most useful things you can have in watercolor is not a material at all. It is an abbreviated value scale that will help you see the values in your subjects and in your...

Fast And Loose Watercolor Sketch – Portrait of Pumpkins

Watercolor Painting of Pumpkins Fast and Loose Two Minute Drill Two Minute Drill! Working fast and loose helps develop skill in handling the color, the brush and in capturing the essence of a subject. This scene of three pumpkins in sunlight is a perfect subject for a...

Understanding Water and Reflections For Painting Water

Understanding Water and Reflections Water is a difficult subject because it is complex. A simple studio set up of common objects can help us understand how water reflects things around it. Linked Learning The buttons below will connect you to downloads, videos and...

The Easy Way To Paint Fir Trees In Watercolor

How to Paint Fir Trees In Watercolor These fir trees are really easy to paint in watercolor. The work well in landscape scenes from all seasons. See how to paint them in this quick and easy video! What you'll need: Medium round brush 1" flat brush Cobalt Blue,...

Painting A Winter Bare Tree In Watercolor

Paint an Easy Bare Tree In Watercolor Leafless Trees Are Easier To Paint Than You Think It can be difficult to paint bare trees. The structure is usually complicated and it's easy to get caught up in the detail. This video takes you step by step through the process...

Exploring Primary Color Triads In Watercolor

Working With Primary Colors In Watercolor Exploring Limited Color With Primary Triads Limiting your palette of color when painting is a great way to bring color harmony to the painting. Exploring colors on your palette three colors at a time will help build your color...

Painting A Fall Tree In Watercolor

How To Paint An Autumn Tree In Watercolor Everyone likes to paint those bright, beautiful trees of fall. It's not that hard - a couple easy techniques is all it takes. In this video, you'll see how to do it. What you'll need: Medium round brush Rigger brush 1" flat...

Quick And Easy Way to Create Clouds In A Watercolor Sky

A Quick and Easy Way To Create Clouds A Familiar Technique With A Special Addition This is a quick and easy way to put clouds in your sky.  The video shows the combination of two techniques. One is a commonly taught technique that uses tissues to lift color out of a...

Two Quick Easy Ways To Paint Realistic Looking Water In Watercolor

Water That Looks Right In Your Watercolor Landscape Paintings Painting Realistic Looking Water Is Easy Water seems like a difficult subject to paint but, with a couple easy techniques, it is really easy to make water look real in your paintings. This video shows you...

How To Paint A Summer Tree In Watercolor

How to Paint a Summer Time Tree in Watercolor Painting the summertime landscape will require painting trees with full summer foliage. It's not difficult, but there are a few things to keep in mind while painting.  This video presents the techniques  and info about...

Setting Up And Working With A Limited Primary Color Palette

Limited Twelve Primary Color Palette Using A Limited Palette Actually Strengthens Your Paintings Working With A Limited Palette Gain Important Advantages For Your Watercolor Paintings Working with a limited set of colors in a painting has a number of advantages....