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Watercolor is for anyone

Watercolor is for anyone

By Wendy Soneson
Are you thinking of taking a watercolor class? Let’s sort out the pros and cons.
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Watercolor is for anyone

Painting the ocean
Contemplating an upcoming zoom meeting about Winslow Homer. How do we approach a beautiful and challenging subject like the ever changing ocean?
June 30, 2022
Hopper: secrets of great watercolorists
Thoughts on upcoming zoom class about Edward Hopper.
June 15, 2022
Stealing ideas from other artists
Let other original artists’ ideas give you a starting point for your own innovations.
May 30, 2022
Should you try to sell paintings?
This is what I know and believe about selling art.
May 10, 2022
Secrets of great watercolorists
A new series of zoom demonstrations for artists as well as art aficionados.
April 26, 2022
What is art?
From a discussion about the difference between original, professional art vs amateur or commercial art. Identifying it in the world and the approach to making it.
April 07, 2022
Four elements of art practice
We progress as artists not just when holding a brush. Other factors keep us moving forward
March 19, 2022
Art process as an escape
What is the value of being in the art mind? Can it help us endure the hardships of everyday life?
March 13, 2022
Copying great art
Why do I ask my students to copy a great work of art? What do they learn?
February 21, 2022
Becoming an artist
I will be working on my book “becoming an artist “ this year and publishing excerpts weekly on Here is an introduction. To be published in 2023.
January 06, 2022
Increase your painting hours by having things ready to go
December 28, 2021
Short definition of creativity
A quick reminder
December 21, 2021
Should you practice painting? And how.
December 07, 2021
Time and art
How the concept of time internet with art production and appreciation.
September 08, 2021
Fallow periods when you are not painting
The importance of different stages of creativity some of which are times when not to paint.
September 07, 2021
How to ignite passion for art and art making vs enjoying a pleasant pass time.
July 16, 2021
Overcoming bad art education
How to rethink what art is all about
July 16, 2021
Color dimensions
More about identifying colors so you can reproduce them in paint.
July 08, 2021
Loosening up. Painting free
Many people wish to find a way to loosen up which their painting process. What does this mean?
June 27, 2021
The ups and downs of paid commission paintings
May 06, 2021
Don’t name colors
More about how to perceive color without categorizing it with names. This helps with transitions from light to pigment
April 17, 2021
Fine art vs illustration
Are you painting for accuracy and product? Or are you letting the creative force work with you to make an original work of fine art?
April 15, 2021
The importance of composing subjects matter before beginning a painting.
April 15, 2021
The three t’s on observation and art making
Transcend. Translate. And transgress. What there three words mean to the artist.
March 20, 2021
The three e’s of the fine artist eye
A simple guide to entering the deep observation of the artist eye.
March 17, 2021
Right brain
How to coax the right brain to rule so you can do art
February 12, 2021
How to approach source material
Where do we start when we have subject material chosen? What do we do first and then how do we proceed?
December 27, 2020
Why copy art masters?
Should we copy other artists or is that keeping us from being original?
December 22, 2020
See as a visual artist
How to let go of actual and imaginary seeing and concentrate on perception.
December 07, 2020
The next level. Becoming an original professional fine artist
What should one do once you are a master of watercolor skills? You can take that next challenging step to use your skills as a tool to say what you want to say to the world.
November 11, 2020
Why I teach my style of watercolor
Here is my reasoning for why I do not teach as most other art teachers do. Aside from art colleges.
November 04, 2020
Transition from hobby artist to fine artist
How to think about going deeper with your art
September 12, 2020
Fast and slow art
Why I advocate for slow art.
June 23, 2020
Meditative painting
How to turn off your efficient thinking and pay attention to every brush stroke.
May 17, 2020
Talking paintings
How to hear the voice of your painting in process.
May 15, 2020
How to price your watercolors
What should I charge for my painting?
April 23, 2020
Plein air painting
Do professional artists pain outside? Or is a romantic idea.
April 16, 2020
Creative process conversation with Liza Bender
Talking about creativity with artist designer Liza Bender.
April 15, 2020
Conversation on creativity in a crisis
This is a conversation with Dr Soni Werner,psychologist and painter,about the struggle to create in this time of crisis
April 09, 2020
What should I paint?
Choosing good source material
April 04, 2020
Comfort and joy
Art can bring solace in dark times. Take time to bring painting into your world. For more watercolor lessons and videos go to 
March 21, 2020
Consumer of art to becoming an artist
How can you switch mindsets from judging and consuming art to looking at art and the world through artist eyes. For more watercolor videos and articles go to 
March 02, 2020
Art and money
Will art be a moneymaker for you or make you need money less? For more watercolor videos and articles go to,
February 26, 2020
Killing creativity
Is is possible to kill creativity? When and how should we solicit feedback on works in progress.   For more videos and articles on watercolor go to 
February 24, 2020
No more second hand art
Learn to transition from consumer of art to original art making  For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
February 24, 2020
Fine art. What is the differences between different forms of art?
Here I discuss why pursuing fine arts is more rewarding than other forms of art such as commercial or hobby art. For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
February 24, 2020
Art and fear
What is the right kind of fear to have to initiate and foster art making? For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
February 20, 2020
Watercolor. The ugly duckling of paint media
Why is watercolor so underrated and misunderstood? For more videos and articles on watercolor go to 
February 17, 2020
Showing your artwork
Should you show your work to others? When and how? And to what end? Make sure your goals will be supported when you show your work. Goals like increasing your ability to move forward in your art    For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
February 12, 2020
What does an artist do all day?
Musings on the creative life   For more videos and articles on watercolor go to 
February 05, 2020
Left and right brain
How learning to see the difference in right and left brain function can release you inner artist  For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
December 16, 2019
The five stages of creativity   For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
December 09, 2019
Learning to draw
Can anybody learn to draw? Yes with the right instructions. And in less than one hour.  For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
December 09, 2019
Comparing media
What is the difference in mediums? Comparing various paints pencils and pastels   For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
December 09, 2019
Watercolor. Talking about color and how to identify and make colors
Short introduction to the ways of understanding color skills we can make exact colors in our paintings  For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
December 04, 2019
Why practicing art can enhance life
 Art is more than a hobby if you enter into it fully. Opening your artist eyes to the world can change your way of thinking and living. For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
December 03, 2019
The artistic temperment
How to tune into you artist self   For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
November 13, 2019
The artist eye
What is the artist eye and how can we activate it?  For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
November 04, 2019
What is unique about watercolor medium
Watercolor is different from other media   For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
August 20, 2019
Taking a painting class
What may happen in the first class. What are the goals of an artist?  For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
December 31, 2018
Demystifying contemporary art
Why should you pay attention to art of your own era? Preparing for a tour of the museum of modern art San Francisco.  For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
November 26, 2018
Watercolor. Is it for you?
Sorting out the pros and cons of taking a watercolor class  For more videos and articles on watercolor go to
November 09, 2018