How I came to this create this course is a long story that I will spare you the boring details of. However, the general story is a good one for giving hope to anyone who thinks they could never be a watercolor painter. Hopefully by reading the story of how this course came to be, you can let go of some self-doubt about your artistic abilities.
When I was young, I always dabbled in drawing a little here-and-there, but honestly I wasn’t that great at it, and I was never satisfied with what I created. In fact, I would say I was worse than average. I simply was NOT talented at art. Like so many other people, I began to convince myself that I wasn’t meant to be an artist. I just wasn’t one of those “gifted” people. And like so many others, I assumed you had to be “gifted” at art to ever be good at it.
As I grew older, I tried drawing again and again at various stages of my life. I practiced and practiced, and I still wasn’t happy with what I created. Eventually, in frustration, I scrawled in big angry letters over a failed drawing, “I suck!” and I put away my drawing journal. I put it away for 5 YEARS and never touched it! In the meantime, I became a school teacher. I taught science and math at the junior high level. I quickly realized that I was probably more gifted at teaching than anything I had ever tried. I also realized that a good teacher could teach just about anybody anything if they were willing to learn it. I saw kids that had been “bad” at math and science their whole lives become straight-A students with a passion for these subjects. Eventually I began to ask, “Was the reason I was never good at art not because I wasn’t “gifted”, but rather because I just needed a good teacher?”
At the age of thirty, I decided to give art one last chance, but this time I was determined to first pick a medium that I gravitated toward, and then find a good teacher. After looking at many different paintings in many different media, I decided to try watercolor. I tried some classes, but now knowing what good teaching looked like, I was quick to recognize poor teaching when I saw it. What I found was that a good artist doesn’t necessarily make a good teacher, and there were quite a lot of bad art teachers out there. Then, through the grace of the internet, I came across Interactive Watercolor, created by Peter Saw in the UK. This is a CD of with an astounding amount of lessons and information about watercolor, and I could tell immediately that this man knew how to teach. I purchased the CD, and it began a 10 year journey into the world of watercolor. My theory proved right; with Peter’s excellent instruction, I not only learned watercolor, but I also enjoyed every minute of the learning. And lo-and-behold, with the right instruction, and with tons of practice, I eventually found myself becoming a professional artist.
It was over a year ago as I write this that I decided to combine my two biggest passions: watercolor and teaching. I wanted to create something for others out there like me who think they aren’t “gifted” and “just can’t paint”. I also wanted something comprehensive, that could carry a learner through the entire process one-step-at a time; unlike my journey which was quite arbitrary and inefficient. I also wanted something that intermediate artists could use to help them advance to higher levels. I wanted to help others avoid the 30 year search that it took me to find the joy of painting. And here is the result; Watercolor Tutor.com.
Hopefully this little story gives you hope. Hopefully, with this course, you will discover the wonderful joy of watercolor much quicker than I did.