Watercolor Made Simple: Professional Techniques For The Absolute Beginner | Ron Mulvey✏️ | Skillshare

Watercolor Made Simple: Professional Techniques For The Absolute Beginner

Ron Mulvey✏️, Artist / Art Teacher

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7 Lessons (1h 22m)
    • 1. How to Create a Beautiful Painting 'California Watercolor Style'

    • 2. Important Tip: the Right Amount of Wet

    • 3. 'Brush Surfin' Materials

    • 4. West Coast Morning 'California Style'

    • 5. Lifting Technique

    • 6. Big Sky Watercolor Part 1

    • 7. Big Sky Watercolor Part 2

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About This Class


Watch as I teach you the California Style, a fantastically simple technique used by professional watercolor artists to bring depth, expression, and nuance to your watercolor paintings.

No experience needed and no student ever left behind! 

As a professional landscape artist, I've painted thousands of watercolor paintings and studied hundreds of books from the old classical masters and those who have shaped our Modern Times.

In my studio and in the field, there's one technique that absolutely changes the quality of your watercolor paintings: the California Style. 

Watch as I teach you this simple technique step-by-step. This is an expert technique used by professional artists. Within a few minutes, you'll see how the California Style lifts lifeless lines into bold, expressive paintings. 

By the end of this course, you'll be able to: 

  • Create bold and expressive watercolors with a simple mastery of the California Style
  • Learn the secrets to getting depth and expression to your watercolor paintings, used by professional artists
  • Relax and learn—you'll never be left behind and no experience is required to master this wonderfully simple technique. 

In my 30 years of painting, I've discovered that 90% of professional watercolor painters use 3 techniques: The No Drips, No Slips; The California Style, and The Ink and Wash . 

This course focuses on the California Style. Enroll in my other Skillshare courses to master the other 2 professional techniques and watch as I reveal other simple secrets of the craft!  

Let Ron Demonstrate how the Californians changed the future of watercolor technique by charging their brushes with pure color and plunging into their watercolors as 'surfers on a brush'

                                                      BOLD   BRILLIANT   FLUID


Follow along with Ron as he guides you Step by Step on your first California Watercolor.

Ron will provide you with some expert advice on 'gathering yourself creatively' so you can expect a very successful outcome from this course.

Learn how to avoid the common pitfalls of Watercolors.

Master the Wet, Wild, and Wonderful West Coast California Watercolor Technique  and create a beautiful piece of art for your home ...  or as a gift  ... or to sell!

YOU CAN DO THIS ! There are no mistakes in art!!!


Take a look at some Landscapes and Seascapes I did and see how the California Style is brought out in each painting.

Broad open brush strokes with very little if any drawing.




 Light colors first, then mid-tones, finish with darks.




Leaving 'white paper showing' is a Hallmark of the Californian Watercolorists.






 Get in quickly with your brush and then get out  and watch the magic happen.