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Watercolor painting can be easy and fun. In these short videos, I walk you through step-by-step how to create this beautiful Mediterranean city painting in about 30 minutes, using a minimal number of very inexpensive watercolor materials. This is the perfect painting activity to do with your children, your friends, your class, or by yourself with a glass of wine or cup of coffee.
No painting experience required! Total beginners welcome! I explain everything in simple terms, and the steps to creating this painting are so simple you'll be surprised. Yes, you too can learn to paint beautifully, and have a blast the whole time. If you're not satisfied with this class, please let me know within 30 days and I will refund your fee in full, no questions asked.
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So come paint with me and you'll have a great time, and a beautiful painting to enjoy for years to come.
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|Section 1: Welcome to Easy Watercolor Painting|
Here I'll show you the painting we'll be doing together. You can download the finished painting for your reference.
I'll also briefly discuss the simple materials we'll be using. A materials list can be downloaded here.
|Section 2: Let's get to painting! Three easy steps|
Here we'll start building our Mediterranean city with masking tape. It's so simple, you'll be amazed at how easily it comes together. We'll also use tape to outline the "window ledge" that we're looking out of.
Here we paint a beautiful sunset sky, and a bustling Mediterranean city will appear before your eyes. I do everything one step at a time, so it's very easy and fun to follow along.
Finally, we paint in the window ledge that we're "looking out" from. This adds a lovely element of dimension to our city scene. It really puts you in the painting!
|Section 3: Wrapping up|
Here we see our finished painting. At this point, in just 30 minutes, you too can proudly hold up your finished Mediterranean City painting. I hope you had a blast with this fun and easy watercolor painting.
|Quiz 1||5 questions|
See how much you know about watercolor painting from this piece of art you just created
The Four Main Painting Concepts
I've been passionate about telling stories through art since I was a kid. In my home in Orange County, California, I used to watch Bob Ross (the afro-wearing painter of "happy little trees" on public access TV) and I would mimic his paintings using crayons. I grew up knowing that creating art would always be my life's endeavor. I was never fortunate enough to pursue a formal art education, but I've more than compensated by private study with accomplished instructors, collaborating with highly-esteemed local artists, and devouring countless art books and videos. The art instructor who had the most profound impact on my technique was impressionist master Vadim Zanginian. Private study with Vadim in Los Angeles, California completely reinvented everything I knew about painting, and I attribute much of my current success to working with Vadim. The both of us being musicians as well, and tireless fans of the Beatles, each painting day would end with me on the guitar and Vadim on the piano as we sang away the hours with old Beatles songs. I've discovered that my favorite subject to paint is light itself, which means that anything in the world becomes my favorite thing to paint, if the light is pretty enough. I love to paint exotic locations (like Italy and Africa), New York skylines, Colorado landscapes, coffee, people, horses, birds, dogs, ice cream, you name it. My main medium is oil paint on canvas. My style could be classified as Impressionist, however I feel I'm somewhat of a blend of these fearless artists from the late 1800s and the more diligent Barbizon painters who came before them. I love having a scene that you can appreciate as a whole when standing at a normal distance, but when you get close you see a combination of accurate details, playful color, and loose brushwork. Over the years I've also become an accomplished art instructor, sharing my knowledge and passion for painting by educating eager students who hunger to tell their own stories. I've taught group and private workshops across the US and Italy. In these two facets of my career – creating paintings for people to enjoy, and teaching art – I accomplish my life's endeavor of sharing beautiful art with everyone. Thank you for visiting, and I hope we can tell great stories together.