Watercolour Painting – Week 1

In my post Can The Art of Watercolour Painting Be Taught? I told you about the watercolour painting course I was going to start.

I’m the only man in the class and I think the youngest, too. Most everyone is over 60, if not older. Everyone else arrived with painting supplies, too – I was the only one who didn’t, but then, the course instructions said not to bring any. I discovered that most of the students attended the same or similar classes previously. Most of people there were doing it as “a night out” or just to get our of the house; not that this diminishes their sincerity or interest in the course.

We learned details about the equipment needed and how to use brushes. For the course we only need a #1 flat brush and a #12 or #14 brush. We have a sketch book, palette, masking tape, watercolour paper, and 3 paint colours: gamboge yellow, cobalt blue, and permanent rose red. She said two more were optional: burnt sienna and ultra marine blue.

The only painting we did was practicing some fundamental techniques:

Below are my attempts at those techniques, including testing the two brushes we’ll be using: the first watercolouring I have ever done.

watercolour painting week 1

The class is taught by Joan Gregory, a wonderful instructor who’s open to my amateur and sometimes personal questions: she asked everyone why we were attending the class. After everyone responded, I asked her the same: why was she teaching and how did she get started. She has lots of experience and great anecdotes. She’s good at keeping students inline, too – those seniors tend to be a talkative bunch.

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5 Replies to “Watercolour Painting – Week 1”

  1. I took a class in stained glass 15 years ago. Just like you, I was curious…always wanted to try it and…I am still doing it.

    I think everyone needs and should have an artistic outlet. Talent shouldn’t matter. Its the process. Good Luck and I am looking forward to following your progress.

  2. YEAH, you are doing it.

    BOOO. I’m a “senior”. Shit.

    I sincerely hope you keep posting your work.

    I didn’t want to say this before you started, but I consider watercolorist to be the bravest of the brave. It scares me to paint with no hope of wiping off a mistake.

    Don’t look down. Keep putting one foot in front of the other.

  3. I used to teach academic writing. One graduate student was so grateful that she painted a water colour for me. It’s small, a little larger than a postcard, something she sketched in a pad and coloured one afternoon while taking a walk out by the ocean. We framed it and put it on the wall. It’s a lovely little painting. I’ll post it some time.

    I’ve never tried water colours. I’m still working on my first acrylic work on canvas. I’ll have to finish it the next sunny day we have. I’m always impressed with people who can paint something that looks like something, a house, a tree, whatever. Ever see one of those glow-in-the-dark super deep sea weird looking jelly fish? That’s kind of what I’m painting now. Abstract.

    Looking forward to your first painting, Jody.

  4. Thanks for the encouragement. I’m still having my doubts about this because I don’t feel compelled to paint. My vision of an artist is one who MUST practice their art, needing to work at it consistently; if you’re a writer, you WANT to write most everyday; a carpenter may feel compelled to work with wood all the time; a sculptor, musician, programmer (yes, software development), painter…

    I don’t have that with painting. I have interests in TONS of things, including the stuff I mentioned above, but I don’t think there’s one thing I strive to do most every day.

    Someone convince me otherwise.

  5. Become a master water colourist.. OR ELSE!

    That should motivate ya. I should become a motivational speaker.

    It already looks like you’ve mastered the “ocean” and “cloudless sky” scenes. Also the “rust running down the side of my blue chevette cause it rained last night” scene. Kudos to you!

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