Hello and thanks for looking at my "Enchanted Castle" watercolors course.
My name is David Walker,I have been a professional artist for over 30 years painting mainly in watercolor.
Over the years I have done many live tutorials all around the U.K. and I now teach to a worldwide audience with Udemy.
This course is inspired by the beautiful Gwrych Castle which is about 2 miles away from where I live in North Wales.Photographs can't project the actual feel of a place like watercolor paint can and in this course I show you how to use your photo snaps to make a stunning watercolor painting.
The course lasts about one and half hours and it is broken down into managable sections,there is also a sped up time lapse version so you can get an idea of what is coming in the full version and there is a high quality download of each picture for you to use as reference.
I mainly use the "Hake" brush and a flat 15 mm brush and just 7 colors ,if you are not familiar with the Hake brush,there is a full free preview in the preview section where you can see a half hour video all about this fantastic brush.
There is also a free "tools required" video in the preview section which tells you what tools you need to do this course.
The painting is done in real time so I can not go back and re film something if there is a problem,this is what appeals to me as an artist,I have to think on the spot and if there is an accident on the painting I have to sort it out there and then,so if you hear my dog grumbling in the background or the seagulls raiding my bins or me putting my brush into my coffee instead of my water,please bare with me,it is all part of the fun which,watercolor painting should be.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have,see you soon,
Art is such a beautiful way to express yourself and as a watercolor artist for over 30 years I can not urge you enough to give painting in watercolors a try,I never get bored with the effects of the colors on my paper,I still learn new techniques in my work every time I paint something,it is such a free and easy medium and it is well worth the time and effort you may invest.
To paint a watercolor picture is to escape into your own little world where nothing else matters and all your problems and worries can be forgotten, at least for a little while.
To give your own watercolor painting as a gift could not be more rewarding,I never get bored with the expression on the face of a friend or family member when I present them with an original watercolor painting which I have painted specially for them.
The medium of watercolor, for me, is the ultimate medium because even as a complete beginner you can achieve many effects using techniques which sometimes you are taught and sometimes you learn by complete accident which we call "happy accidents",such as when one color runs into another color and creates water marks or bleached paper,this is why sometimes I sit and watch the painting paint itself in front of my very eyes.
Of course now and then it does not work out as I wanted it to but all I have lost is a little bit of paint pigment,a piece of watercolor paper and a little time so I put that piece of paper to one side and start again!
Too many people have a go at painting with watercolors and think that they have to produce a perfect painting every time and they overwork the piece,desperate to get a finished painting to hang on their wall and of course they end up with a mess,get dispirited and give up announcing that they will never be an artist and so never paint again.
I would like to show these people the hundreds of watercolor paintings that didn't work out for me because without making mistakes you can't improve.I keep all my paintings good and bad and I look at the failures quite often,in these failed paintings there is quite often a part of the painting that I really like and I try to remember which technique,which colors I used,which brush made a particular mark on the paper so I can use these same techniques in my future watercolor paintings.
If I was stranded on a desert island,my watercolor kit would be the first thing I would wish for.
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