Painting Wild Places with Watercolors: Learn to Paint Crater Lake

Gary Spetz NWS, Gary Spetz Watercolor Studio

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12 Videos (43m)
    • Step 1: Composition

    • Step 2: Masking

    • Step 3: Base Colors

    • Step 4: Rim Details

    • Step 5: Lake Colors

    • Step 6: Masking Off / Masking On

    • Step 7: Foreground Tree Base Colors

    • Step 8: Island Colors

    • Step 9: Foreground Tree Details

    • Step 10: Island Details

    • Step 11: Tree Trunks

    • Step 12: Wrapping Things Up


About This Class


Forged from the creation of his 111 Public Television "How to Paint" episodes, Gary has perfected his popular step-by-step teaching method for watercolor . Rather than progress from an "easy" painting to a more difficult painting, Gary starts his students on "any given painting." Choose "the subject" (the painting) that you prefer, and Gary will walk you through its creation from start to finish.

It has been his experience that by breaking the watercolor painting process down into easy-to-follow steps, students can take on any of his painting compositions—thus progressing more rapidly. Gary’s proven teaching method will make you a better watercolor painter!


In many ways, novices are at an advantage as they have not yet pre-learned any watercolor painting approaches. But more advanced painters usually benefit from Gary's many unique watercolor techniques as well.

Watercolor is considered the most versatile and challenging painting medium. It can seem, at times, to have a life of its own. Gary demonstrates how to take control of this dynamic medium by breaking it down into easy-to-follow steps.

Painting Image Size: 19" x 13" (on a 21" x 15" half sheet of watercolor paper)

This course has 43 minutes of video content AND, to help you achieve success, it includes numerous very helpful “Downloadable / Printable” Reference Materials:

19” x 13” Drawing Guide (in 4 parts to be taped together)
Masking Drawing Guide
COLOR Painting Printout
Palette Guide
Supply List

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Awesome instructor! Step-by-step and easy to follow. Highly recommend.





Gary Spetz NWS

Gary Spetz Watercolor Studio

Through his award winning art, Gary Spetz attempts to enhance the viewer's appreciation of the colors, shapes and designs that surround us.  Gary travels extensively in his quest to both collect painting materials and find new paths to explore.  In truth, he enjoys the "going to" as much as the painting process, itself.  As an avid outdoors enthusiast, he hikes, skis, sails, and kayaks through the landscapes that he films and paints.

Gary is a "Signature Member" of the National Watercolor Society. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota who, over the years, has achieved numerous acceptances into the prestigious "Top 100" National Park painting collections of the National Park Academy of the Arts. He has also been featured in 98 national PBS television episodes (American Public Television) pertaining to learning watercolor and art travel. Many articles of his artwork have appeared in Watercolor, Artists, and Watercolor Magic magazines.  And his work has been published in the books, Searching For The Artist Within and Art From The Parks

When not "in the field", Gary and his wife reside in northwest Montana.