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Step-by-step Paintings: Look, read, do, learn
Sunlight in Southern France
Step-by-Step Watercolours lessons by Allan Kirk of painting Holidays.

Mediterranean Beach step by step watercolor lesson by Allan Kirk
"Mediterranean Beach Scene"
In around four hours, you will create a beautiful watercolour showing an idyllic beach in the Mediterranean, where families are relaxing together in the summer sunshine.

Visit Allanís website where you will find details of his workshops and demonstrations, painting holidays, and find a wealth of watercolour tips in his step by step watercolour lessons and on his blog.
Detail of Blue Window step-by-step watercolour © 2008 Allan Kirk
Detail of "Blue Window"
Blue Window

Allan Kirk's impressionistic watercolour exercise shows how to capture light and present the beauty that can be found in the simplest of subjects. The composition is brought to life by the way transparent watercolour is used to reflect the strong light and dark tones found under the southern French sun.

Purple Iris © 2005 Gregory Conley
Step-by-Step Watercolor Painting Introduction
A few insiprational words from our artist-in-residence

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Daylight Lighthouse © 2006 Gregory Conley
Daylight Lighthouse

A walk-through in the creation of a small painting of the Lorain Lighthouse on Lake Erie.

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Purple Iris © 2005 Gregory Conley
Purple Iris

Some rather gaudy Purple Irises serve as willing subjects for working wet-in-wet and glazing for bright, colorful, results.

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Frostville Barn House © 2005 Gregory Conley
Frostville House

The Carpenter house was built circa 1830. This house is an example of the best of two-story frame houses of the Post-Colonial Period of the Western Reserve.

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Three Limes on Limes St. by Greg Conley
Using a wide variety of corrective techniques I layer glazes and textures to coax a trio of citrus to appear...all to a lovely Mozart soundtrack.
Line of Pines © 2005 Gregory Conley
Line of Pines

After underpainting in bright basic hues, I develop a field and the tree line in high silhouette. This was a fun experiment.

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Nighttime Lighthouse © 2006 Gregory Conley
Nightime Lighthouse

An interesting foray into nighttime lighting effects using a nautical theme, the West Break Water Lighthouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Big White Barn © 2005 Gregory Conley
White Barn

Here is a large white barn on a hillside with out buildings. Some minor drylift changes were made to one section. Watch.

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Ugly Purple tree © 2005 Gregory Conley
Frisket Tree

A weird composition, but a fun painting to build using liquid frisket technique. I used some interesting all over glazing techniques and a lot of detailed and textured brushwork.
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Ellen Fountain, NWS
Available Watercolor Lessons: Select A Watercolor Painting Topic: Getting Started: Basic Watercolor Supplies, Basic Color Mixing (Updated Nov 2004), Paint Qualities & Characteristics, Enlarging Your Sketches, Creating Depth with Value Changes, Creating White Areas, Creating Dominance with Hue, Value & Intensity, Painting with a Limited Palette Updated Nov 2004, Using Value Contrasts Effectively , Textural Effects for Watercolor, Painting a Still Life with Fabric, Exploring Sedimentary Pigments, Using Stencils with Watercolor, Spacial Emphasis in Reference Photos, Choosing A Palette of Colors (Updated Nov 2004), Hard, Soft and "Lost" Edges in Watercolor, Practicing Your Brushwork, Making and Using Stamps, Limber Up your Imagination, Abstracting from Nature, Glazing with Watercolor. More.
Other Instruction: Original Videos and Workbooks available.
John Lovett
Available Watercolor Lessons: Watercolor Techniques, Materials, Painting on Location, Tonal Contrast, Using Compound Colours, Clouds, watercolour - Getting Started, Planning Washes, Painting Hats, Industrial Stuff, Paint a Bird, Foliage, Shadows, Small Figures, Elements and Principles of Design, Photography, Colour theory, Trees, Watercolour Tips for Beginners, What to Include, Landscape Features, Texture, and Question and Answer. More.
Other Instruction: Interactive CD-ROM and 10-Minute DVDs available.
Margaret Crowley Kiggins
Available Watercolor Lessons: Easy Watercolor Pinwheel Project, Portrait Demonstration in watercolor, Portrait Demonstration in watercolor #2, Demonstration on painting a landscape with a house, and Demonstration on painting a beach landscape. More.
Other instruction: History of Color, About Watercolors, Palette, and Margaret's personal Gallery.
Penny Soto
Available Watercolor Lessons: Penny Soto Steps to Watercolor, How to Paint Your Own Christmas Card, Petal Painting 101, A New Beginning to Painting!, Lace and Geraniums, What to Do With The Background?, Gradated Wash and Value Change with Direct Flat Field Wash, Morning Glory Blues, and Penny's Golden Rules. More.
Penny's personal site is
Susie Short
Available Watercolor Lessons: Painting Heavy Snow on Evergreens, Autumn Greeting Cards, Holiday Cards: White Trees in Snow, Painting Sand and Beach Grasses, and Footprints in the sand, Painting Textrure on Tree Trunks, Dew Drops, Outdoor Painting Gear Tip, Rose Demo Step-by-Step, Adding Veins to Flowers, Blotted Trees, Hydrangeas, Valentine Cards: Hints, Tips and Ideas, and Tips on Assorted Flower Bed Blossoms. More.
Other instruction: VHS or DVD lessons available.
Rod Webb Available Watercolor Lessons: M.V. Clematis moored at Christchurch Estuary, New Zealand; Magnolia's from my backyard; Shagrock, Sumner, New Zealand; Roses; Still Life: Bowl and Apples; Bowl of Fruit. Rod's 2 available CD roms contains 26 more painting lessons and instruction. More.
Other instruction: CD-ROMS lessons and New Zealand Reference photo CD-ROMS available with various subject matter.
Creative Spotlite
Available Watercolor Lessons: Creative Spotlite contains many free original watercolor lessons and tutorials and links to other artists lessons.

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