My beginner class

First, roughly outline the general tree shape. Put the tree trunk and the strongest branches clearly and clearly. Depending on the nature of the tree, try to set the main shapes and sizes and leave some areas free to shine through. Remember, trees are made up of thousands of separate leaves, and while we will not try to paint every single leaf, we need to create the illusion of a huge pile of leaves, as well as adequate shadows to make the image look three-dimensional.

Mix a greater amount of green as the base tone with green juice, cobalt yellow and a little bit of the shadow color that we make from Madder Brown and Antwerp Blue, which diminishes the luminosity of the color and fits our needs. If you mix too little color there may be problems if you want to mix the same tone, so always prepare something more.


Dear friends of the classical watercolor, in loose sequence and corresponding demand, I would like to pass on my personal experiences of the last years with the medium. This series of tips and tricks, I pass on to “seekers”, hoping to be able to solve often only apparent “problems” that I had to crack in the early years itself enough.

As I have said many times before, it is for my person’s concern and endeavor to give watercolor painting the highest priority. It was, is and remains for me the supreme discipline of painting. For this reason, I present in principle all motives photorealistic or Illustratorisch exactly dar. So I want to show what this medium has to offer in comparison to acrylic or oil, in technical subtleties and finesse, if one tries. One only has to apply it and develop no fear of alarm. A will and a little stamina, however, are indispensable. No pain no gain.


The first epoch of art history * goes back to cave painting. This is the watercolor painting in history with the oldest painting technique ever. At that time, charcoal or hematite was dissolved in water or grease and used the simplest brush to apply paint.

Ancient Egyptian painted papyrus was found in Egypt. For a long time, Asia has been known for its calligraphies, which are painted with water-soluble Indian ink. Still was predominantly “opaque” painted, in which white color was added. This can be seen in the history and development of medieval mural paintings and miniatures.

The watercolor painting, as we know it today, began its development in the year 900 AD. Characteristic for this was the use of translucent watercolors, for example, to draw ink drawings or woodcuts. This development was supported by artists such as Albrecht Dürer or Rembrandt. For them, the watercolor painting was important for study purposes and as a preliminary work in the development of their large oil paintings. Especially Dürer’s studies, painted with gouache and watercolors, enhanced the technique of watercolor painting in its development. Nevertheless, watercolor painting was still not a valued and independent art form.