Tutorials From The Watercolour Addicts' Gallery Artists

Watercolour can be a tricky medium. But it can also be easy if you take it step by step. Here, artists from our gallery are contributing tutorials to help you learn and enjoy watercolour painting. Come back each week for a new watercolour tutorial.

Afternoon Nap - with Graham Berry

Creativity begins as soon as you look through the camera lens, remember always - see like an artist, everywhere you look there are subjects to paint! Just a reminder when taking people photos, be as discreet as possible, I sometimes ask my wife to pose near to the subjects I want to photograph and people then assume I am taking her photo and carry on as normal.

- If you are taking photos where there is lots of movement such as a crowded market or busy sidewalk try using the video on your camera/phone and the action can then be captured using freeze frame.

- A good time to take photos is early morning or late afternoon, the so called 'golden hour' where the light is beautiful and the shadows are long, assuming it's a sunny day! MORE


Open Your Mind, Open Your Heart - with Lana Privitera

Originally from Zaragoza, Spain, now living a country life in the Hudson Valley in New York State, Lana is an accomplished watercolourist who has kindly agreed to share this step by step tutorial, "Open Your Mind, Open Your Heart."

Mrs. Privitera returned in recent years to the Art World after a long hiatus, and has joined several of the Art Groups in the Hudson Valley Area. At National level, she is a Signature Member of the Northeast Watercolor Society, a Fellow of the American Artist Professional League and a current Elected Member of the Audubon Artists.

Mrs. Privitera has been an Art educator for well over 15 years and it's currently an Art Instructor at the Wallkill River school of Art in Montgomery, NY. MORE


Learn To Paint - Graham Berry's Watercolour World

Graham Berry's Watercolour World

Something really exciting is happening! Our own Watercolour Addicts' Gallery artist, Graham Berry, is getting ready to launch his new online art school where he'll teach you how to paint some incredible paintings of subjects and people from all over the world - from start to finish.

Every two weeks you get a brand new, full-length video tutorial, taking you right from the start, step by step, through an entire painting. It's like your own, personal, one-on-one class every two weeks.

Better still, if you preregister on the website (with no commitment at all) you'll get a 30% discount voucher which means access to all this costs less than £7 per month. And you will have lots of fun along the way. If you have any questions, ask away…
Hear it from Graham: https://www.grahamberryswatercolourworld.com

Radiant Floral

Contributed by David R. Smith, AWS

You're in for a real treat!

David enjoys the challenge of working in harmony with a fluid medium. By providing the proper environment, surrendering some control, and working with the medium, the most beautiful results oftentimes occur naturally. To keep the paintings from getting too precise, and instead, to convey a feeling of aliveness, David utilizes a number of techniques such as working wet into wet, glazing, pouring, spattering, and spraying. These techniques not only keep the painting fresh, but produce exciting interminglings and textures effortlessly.> MORE

Painting Old Car Scenes

Contributed by Ron Morrison, Courtney, BC - Canada

If you misssed Ron's first demo below, "Painting Old Cars" then feel free to check it out also.

In this demo, Ron takes us through his wonderful techniques in painting the many old car scenes he is so good at. Looks intimidating? Not when you see it step by step! > MORE


Te Amo - A Step By Step Demo

Contributed by Graham Berry, Blackpool, Lancashire - UK

Join Graham Berry as he walks us through another great watercolour demo, this one of his painting "Te Amo." Notice the one big change from his reference photo Graham decided to make before starting the process. > MORE



Painting "Just Armed with Love"

Contributed by Daune Sheri, Brooklyn, CT - USA

My technique for watercolor painting uses Ampersand Aquabord, Daniel Smith’s Watercolors, Escoda Versatil Brushes in round, sizes 6, 2, 0, 0/3 and a scalpel blade.

A painting can take several weeks to complete, involving many hours and many washes of color painted on a lightly water sprayed surface. Each color is diluted with lots of water so there is only a very slight hue when applied to the clay. This allows me to create depth and tonal change with the slightest gradation of color.



Painting An Old Car

Contributed by Ron Morrison, Courtney, BC - Canada

I am a life long watercolourist. Painted with Reeves watercolors in grade school and took Art in the Park in the summer. I have always loved old cars and when I couldn't afford to restore an old wreck I did the next best thing, I painted one instead and I was hooked. For me, they are so much fun to paint. My subject matter allows for unlimited combinations and permutations of colours and textures.

Take a look inside my world to see how this watercolour painting took shape. > MORE

Painting "Waiting For A Fare"

Contributed by Graham Berry, Blackpool, Lancashire - UK

In the spring of 2017, together with his wife Pauline, Graham Berry embarked on a watercolour workshop tour of the USA & Canada. He taught 9 workshops in 9 weeks, three 2 day, five 3 day and one 4 day, a total of 25 days, a lot of preparation! The workshop tour began in Illinois and then on to Texas, South Carolina, Arkansas, Maryland, Edmonton (Canada), California and finally Panama City, Florida.
A master at painting the human figure and capturing the vibrant colors of life, Graham shares his step by step painting of "Waiting For A Fare" > MORE

Painting Uno...A Rooster's Progress

Contributed by Kathryn Ragan, Langley, B.C., Canada

I am passionate about LIFE! As an artist, I bring my ardor along with high standards of technique to my creations, fashioning artwork that is realistic, vital and warm.

I have been teaching painting and drawing for the past few years, and love it. Our classes are more like tutorials with ideas flying around, and everyone pitching in. I also have a blog [studioatthefarm.blogspot.com] where I quite often do posts describing and illustrating the progress of a painting. So I am keen to be involved in instruction, and tips and tricks for the gallery. > MORE