Watercolor Made Simple: Professional Techniques for the Absolute Beginner Premium class

Ron Mulvey, Artist / Art Teacher

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

    • Important Tip: the Right Amount of Wet

    • 'Brush Surfin' Materials

    • West Coast Morning 'California Style'

    • Lifting Technique

    • Big Sky Watercolor Part 1

    • Big Sky Watercolor Part 2


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.









17 of 17 students recommendSee All

As someone who does mainly detail work, I had quite a few "ahhh, I see" moments while watching Ron's demonstrations of painting larger landforms and skies, which take larger washes of color.
Ron gave very clear instructions in this class. He made sure I had the materials I needed. Best of all, Ron's feedback to me and other students taught me a lot about art and about making art with watercolor. He was available to help me and other students and always encouraging. If you follow his directions to get the right materials and stop the video as you paint along you will be happy with your first watercolor landscapes. I was.
Not only was the instruction great, it was also such a positive, inspiring class. I like the three bears example to remind us of the importance of shapes. To continue that Goldylocks theme the class was 'Just Right'!





Ron Mulvey

Artist / Art Teacher

My name is Ron Mulvey. I've been working as a full-time artist since 1980. I have had the pleasure of teaching art since 1983 and have taught thousands of classes on drawing and painting. I would consider it a privilege to assist you in achieving  your artistic goals.  

I have taught the basic and advanced mechanics and principles which give us the skill and confidence to express creatively, for the past 30 years. Sharing them is my passion!

One of my very favorite projects was an art book for children called the Artabet. It teaches children how to draw using 6 universal lines (similar to how vowels are the building blocks of Languages). Artabet.com is now in 8 countries and is used by over 800  schools worldwide as their basic art curriculum.

I live and work at home with my first love Sara, who is the other half of our Art and Music School, on a pristine acreage by the Little Slocan River in British Columbia, Canada.

Sara and I love it when the kids come home and they bring their kids with them. The Skillshare Cooking Classes really helps us when there's 15 for dinner.

You can see my landscape art at RonMulvey.ca  

You can buy my Artabet book here