Oils and acrylics... allow artists to cover up a lot of mistakes... and just keep painting right over misapplied brushwork until hopefully getting it right. But in Transparent Watercolor... we actually have to know what we're doing from the very first brushwork. The fact is that many watercolor painters tend to by pass the careful development of many Basic & Essential Skills. And because of this... they can end up struggling with their results for years. My effort is to supply artists with very precise, time-tested, training methods that produce dramatic results in the very first 30 minutes. This is most dramatic in the training of correct methods for creating the wonderful visual effects that are so distinctive in Watercolor Washes.
Fraternal twins, Ashleigh & Shannon DeVito, at the age of 10, painting with David.
Here's an example from 16 years ago with our neighbor's daughters... Ashleigh & Shannon. My wife and I were babysitting them for the weekend. And I was painting outdoors. They of course wanted to do something as well. But neither had ever even held a real expensive watercolor brush or painted on expensive Arches watercolor blocks. But in doing so... and following my simple procedures for creating both an Even Wash and a Graded Wash... both girls were delighted to see that they could indeed create the proper visual effect... on their very first try. And so will you once I train you in the precise brush handling skills and procedures used to create 3-4 of the most wonderful wash effects in watercolor.
Watercolor & Gravity - Watercolor is the most reactive of all artistic mediums to the powerful effects of Gravity. The physical effect of the moon moves all of the water on planet earth up & down and in various ways... all day... every day. And nowhere is this more evident than in the creation of Watercolor's wonderful wash effects. I will train you in the very precise ways to use gravitational forces to create watercolor's best effects.
Basic Even Wash Procedures using a Gravity Bead and precise brushwork
The landscape on the right is actually one of my Training Recipes for painting an Even Wash... seen here in the sky. That same skill is also used in painting the background surrounding the Night Heron. Once you learn how to execute a watercolor skill effectively in a Training Recipes... you then practice putting it into various subjects. In this way you actually upgrade your existing skills rapidly.