Painting Bright and Clean Watercolors

This online watercolor painting course is for those watercolor painters who are tired of painting muddy colors and want to improve their compositions. Completing this watercolor class will get you to the next level and provide working methods and helpful tips to create bold, bright, and clean watercolor paintings in any subject matter.

Join professional artist Lynn Hosegood for this exciting course at Artist’s Network University! Learn how to paint in watercolor like never before.

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Start Date:

October 7, 2014




Lynn Hosegood (bio)

Course Length:

4 weeks

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Course Materials (included with tuition):

What You’ll Learn

  • How to choose a color palette and explore color pigments and color theory
  • How to choose your subject matter
  • How to work and edit your photographs and get your image on your watercolor paper
  • Understand composition and some basic elements and principles of design
  • Paint confidently and boldly

Who should take this workshop:

  • Those who have some experience with watercolors and who want to move to the next level
  • Artists who need to learn about color pigments, color theory, using photographs creatively and composition


  • Watercolor colors as discussed during the “Preliminary Assignments” of the class
  • Watercolor brushes: Kolinsky Sable or Sable blends in Rounds Size #4, #8, 1/4” and 1/2” flats.
  • 1 1/2” Wash brush, small and medium scrubbers
  • 140 lb. or 300 lb. Arches, cold-pressed, 30×22” watercolor sheet
  • 6+Porcelain palette and small round, porcelain dishes 3” (use for diluting for washes)
  • Wide mouth plastic or stainless bowl
  • Viva paper towels (they have no texture)
  • Squirt and spray bottle (use squirt bottle to wet and clean your palette, spray bottle to wet paper)
  • Staple gun (if you use 140 lb paper)
  • Artist’s Tape
  • Saral Transfer paper
  • HB and 2H pencils
  • Set of 6 gray-scale markers (Tombow, Copic or Prismacolor)
  • Moo or Kneaded eraser
  • Masking fluid and bamboo pen
  • Gator Board (preferably 3/4” from Jerry’s Artarama)
  • Collection of Personal Photographs
  • Hair dryer
  • Cellulose sponge, common 4”x 2 1/2” wrapped in a sheet of paper towel for swabbing brush
  • Color Wheel


Course Syllabus

Session 1: Preliminary Assignments, Getting Started, Choosing Your Subject Matter, Choosing Your Paint Colors, Setting up Your Palette, and Creating Your Own Color Circle

Reading Assignment:

  • Viewing Assignment: Watch Color Techniques for Vibrant Watercolor by Faulknor/Magallanes
  • Painting Vibrant Watercolors, pages 11-15, 19, 24-30, & 37-43

Homework assignment:
Submit photos of your Color Circle and a photograph of the subject you intend to paint.

Session 2: Plan Your Painting, Line Drawing, Value Study and Getting Your Image onto Watercolor Paper

Reading Assignments:

  • Painting Vibrant Watercolors, pages 31-43

Homework assignment: Submit a photograph of your line drawing on watercolor paper and value study.

Session 3: Work Out Your Palette of Colors for your Painting

Reading Assignment:

  • Review and finish reading Painting Vibrant Watercolors
  • Watch and review Pure Color Glazing, by Arleta Pech
  • View:  Vibrant Watercolors by Soon Warren

Homework assignment: Submit a photograph of your Personal Work Out sheet with your notes

Session 4: Enjoy and Paint Your Picture

If you need to make any adjustments to your plan along the way, test it first on your work out sheet. As you experience your art journey always remember that it is the process that matters, not the product! I often scrap a painting and restart, I’ve even been known to repeat a painting to exercise those things I’ve learned along the way.  On the other hand, don’t give up on a painting, especially if you are at a stage where the paint colors are light and mid tones.  Glazing and adding darks will enliven any painting.  This class is very challenging and a lot to take in.  Re-read and watch the videos again.  Every mistake is an opportunity to learn, keep a journal of your art journey. Every painting should lead to another.  Good luck and have fun!
Homework assignment: Submit Your finished painting and any comments you would like to make about this class and your experience.

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