How to Simplify in Watercolor - Part I

The Secret for Creating a BEAUTIFUL Impression
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Simplifying in watercolor
Avoiding overworking watercolor paintings
Painting impactful watercolor paintings with a clear message and vision


  • Basic watercolor knowledge


Have you ever struggled with painting a scene in watercolor?

Were you wondering how to turn this barrage of details into a painting that makes sense?
Do you feel overwhelmed by all the details?

Here's you're solution! ??

In this course you'll learn how to turn that beautiful photo or view into a watercolor painting that sings!

You'll learn to distill the reference's essence into a clear painting, while avoiding over-working it, and clearing any confusing as to what should be included in the painting and what shouldn't!

Some of what we'll talk about:

  • What is simplification

  • The BIG idea

  • Different ways of simplifying

  • How to simplify shapes, values & colors

  • Detailed painting demos

  • And much, MUCH more!

In my opinion the ability to simplify what you see is a CORNERSTONE of making good art.
And even though good is subjective to some extent - there are still plenty of guidelines to helps up improve our work and ensure it hits right.

Just how much you wish to simplify - that is up to you.
From realistic work and all the way to abstract - this is relevant for the full spectrum.

At the end of the day, you want your paintings to convey your message, whether it's a certain mood, a story or simply the conditions of light and shadow / weather.
And the way you simplify is at the heart of that.

Thank you for checking out the course, and enjoy!
(This is part I of this course. Be sure to check out part II when you're done!)

- Liron

Who this course is for:

  • Aspiring watercolor painters
  • Intermediate & experience painters who want to improve the quality of their paintings
  • Artists who transition into watercolor from other painting media, and struggle with watercolor techniques


Published How-to-Draw Author
Liron Yanconsky
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 1,506 Reviews
  • 9,420 Students
  • 10 Courses

I am a self-published author, art teacher and graphic designer based in Israel.

Being self-taught, I have been drawing ever since I was born. I have constantly worked on polishing my skills in art, and specifically in drawing.

As I enjoy writing as well, I have published 7 books so far, on a wide array of topics such as perspective drawing, folds and clothes, sketching techniques and drawing for kids.

My biggest strength is topics that require strong understanding and great visual perception.

My biggest goal is to prove that ANYONE can learn how to draw. My passions are art, writing, traveling and self-development.

I hope I can help you reach your goals, and perhaps learn something new in the process.

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