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                                          Learn Roy's Watercolor Seascape Techniques In His Workshops  


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                              Roy's Workshop Painting Supplies

  NOTICE: Supplies for Roy's Watercolor Workshops  (web links and item numbers below also)

   Watercolor Paints:

   Prussian Blue

    Gamboge Yellow

    Brunt Sienna

    ** Please take note that your watercolors need to be in tube form, not pans! To do Roy's style of watercolor painting your paints need to have the consistency of toothpaste. Hard pan style watercolor paints will not work for this. You can purchase tube paint ASW below, use item #  880045, 413603 & 880054 for the three primary color workshops:




   Your palette needs to accommodate big brushes like the Sterling Edwards palette. Available at Cheap Joes below:



    Watercolor paper:

    11 x 15 1/4 Sheets of Arches 140 lb Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper

  Arches paper can be ordered at ASW below. Use item # 172019



    Watercolor Flat Brushes:

    1 1/2 Inch Flat Polar Flow Brush

     3/4 Inch Flat Polar Flow Brush

  Polar Flow big Brushes can be ordered at ASW below, use item # 220370 for 1 1/2 inch brush:




  Typical Full Palette Supplies: The following art supplies are used in our workshops including a 3 inch Polar Flow brush, 2 inch Polar Flow brush , 1 1/2 inch Polar Flow brush, 3/4 inch Polar Flow brush, an 11 x 15 painting backboard 1/4 inch thick plywood, board clamps, 2 - quart water containers, a sponge, a 1 x 3 inch piece of credit card plastic and a scraping knife with a rounded blunt edge blade. We use 140 lb Cold Pressed Arches natural white watercolor paper in 11 x 15 inch sizes. Roy uses a Sterling Edwards Big Brush Palette.

 Also see alternative limited art supply list below.


     We use the three basic primary colors of transparent paint in both warm and cool values in our workshops. Colors include:

                                 Prussian Blue & Ultramarine Blue

                              Gamboge Yellow & Lemon Yellow

                                 Alizarin Crimson & Brunt Sienna


    Alternative Limited Art Supply List:

   *Students can also do all our workshop paintings with only a 1 1/2 inch polar flow brush, Prussian Blue, Gamboge Yellow,  Brunt Sienna, a 11 x 15 backboard with four corner clamps, two plastic quart containers, one small 4 x 6 sponge and one 22 x 30 inch Arches 140 lb sheet of watercolor paper.


 NOTE: Attendees can also just use their existing art supplies and paint using their own painting styles during the classes if desired. You will receive art design suggestions and a critique of your work if desired. Design instruction provided during the classes will apply to all art mediums including oil, acrylics, pencil, mixed medium and watercolors. So all artists will benefit from the classes using all mediums. If attendees desire to paint 30 minute watercolors like Roy it is suggested they use the above supply list. We will be using our paints directly from tubes that have a tooth paste consistency, not from hard pan style watercolor paint. You will not be able to do proper wet on wet spontaneous watercolors without using fresh paint from watercolor tubes.

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                                             Sterling Edwards palette (above). Available at Cheap Joes below:




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  "The best way to create loose, transparent and luminous watercolor paintings is to paint quickly with the biggest brush possible, use the fewest number of brush strokes and use lots of water." Roy Fuller  



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"The best way to create loose, transparent and luminous watercolor paintings is to paint quickly with the biggest brush possible, use the fewest number of brush strokes and use lots of water." Roy John Fuller

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                                Free How To Watercolor Demonstration

      Roy Fuller has been painting watercolor paintings for 30 years and has developed his own unique style of watercolor painting that involves painting quickly with big brushes and the minimum of brush strokes.

        My method of watercolor painting is backward from most watercolor workshops. As children we paint freely and loose when playing with a toy watercolor sets. Then as adult artists we learn all the rules, the design, the perspective, color mixing. All the things we need to advance our skill levels, but in the process we forget how to paint loose and free. We start using smaller brushes to add more details. We go back into the painting to fix this and that. The next thing you know we have a muddy watercolor painting. To keep your watercolors transparent and loose we need to paint quickly with big brushes using the minimum number of brush strokes.

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                       Transparent, Translucent, Loose & Spontaneous Watercolors

                         A Word About My Workshops

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     My workshops are geared for anyone not having a lot of experience in watercolors or someone developing a frustration level with watercolors. Beginners to professional artists will walk away learning something that will improve their art work. You'll learn some basics of design and composition to help your watercolor paintings advance to the next level. You don't need any special wet in wet painting experience. You also don't need any special drawing skills as we only use very basic outline drawings. We focus our workshops on proper design, composition and application techniques. Basics like using a Value Sketch, Variety, Gradation,  Center Of Interest positioning, and a few other design essentials that many of the master painters of the 16 century used in their paintings. Proper Design, Composition and Perspective is a must if you want your paintings to "POP" with freshness and have mass appeal. It can also help your judging scores in art competitions.

    My painting technique utilizes the basic foundations of the watercolor medium: Paint quickly with big brushes using the minimum number of brush strokes. This is really the secret to doing loose, spontaneous and transparent watercolor paintings. Get in quick and get out, and don't go back in again. I also paint on a vertical easel and use gravity to help my watercolor paint merge with the water in unpredictable and exciting ways.

    I'll show you how to use design techniques to help you paint beautiful watercolors. You'll be amazed how easy it is to paint a watercolor painting.

   Workshops are focused on the basic design concepts that will improve your watercolor paintings. I often use only the three primary watercolor paints (Red, Yellow, Blue in cool and warm tones) and three different sizes of big paint brushes ( 3 inch, 2 inch, 3/4 inch flat and a liner brush). So the supplies are relatively simple. For better color variety I recommend two tubes in each color, one in cool and one in warm. These six tubes of watercolor will cover most painting situations. I like to take a full sheet of watercolor paper and fold it into 4 equal sections. If you paint on the front and back of the paper you have eight paintings you can do on one full sheet of Arches Watercolor Paper 140 lb Cold Pressed sheets. Use a 2 or 3 inch brush on these 1/4 sheet sections to exaggerate the brush size. All my unique watercolor painting techniques are described online for FREE. So it's just a matter of practice the techniques, and practice!

Happy Painting,






       FREE Art Design Lessons For Seascapes / Seascapes

       * These art design concepts apply to all mediums including oils, pastels, acrylics, mixed mediums, pencil drawings, watercolors and photography.


     1).   You need to select a value pattern group for your watercolor painting. There are several but you only need a couple different value patterns to do hundred's of watercolor paintings. So pick one or two you like and stick with then for a while. Then do a Value Sketch based on your value pattern and determine where the center of interest (COI) and your shapes will be located. Plan for the greatest contrast in this area. The COI is also a great area to plan for your brightest colors and value differences. Determine the shapes and shape values you want in your painting and indicate them on your value sketch. Use interlocking edges, and oblique thrust on your shapes and determine where your mid, dark and light value areas will be.

     2).    Sketch your drawing on your watercolor paper remembering to use proper perspective and a good design composition. Plan your watercolor painting utilizing only three basic values of dark values, medium values and light values. Your medium values need to be dominant and should cover the entire sheet of water color paper from corner to corner.  Plan to save some white areas as there is no transparent white watercolor paints. Make sure your white areas and other shapes have two different dimensions, interlocking edges and an oblique thrust. These white areas are critical to a successful watercolor painting. Wet both sides completely until they are soaked or wet an area such as the sky. Either stretch the paper beforehand or add clamps on the sides of your backboard to hold the paper as it dries and shrinks if you are painting on a full sheet of watercolor paper. This will stretch the paper as you paint. The paper will dry in 12 to 15 minutes.

     3).    Paint the sky area using variety and gradation and start adding foliage to your middle ground. Use fresh paint each time you pick up paint from the pallet to keep the colors glowing as they mix. Also do your mixing on the paper. Put one color say yellow on the wet paper and then add blue and watch the green colors explode on the wet paper. This is a very exciting painting method.

     4).   Change the color often to add variety in color. Doesn't matter what color, just something different.

     5).    Now paint your large dark shape using symbols for trees, rocks, buildings, etc. Use interlocking edges, an oblique thrust and two different dimensions on the large dark shape. Never paint what you see, unless it's a landmark and needs to be painted that way for recognition. Discard 90 % of what you see and only paint 10%. A watercolor paintings needs to have an abstract quality. Develop your own set of symbols for things. This will make you unique as an artist. Be sure to vary the size, color and value of your shapes and symbols. Use three sizes of shapes such as small, medium and large for variety when paint trees, rocks, buildings. You don't need a dozen trees, just three. One large, one medium and one small. vary the sizes, heights, color, value, widths and spacing between the three trees.

     6).    Now paint the ocean with a minimum number of brush strokes incorporating cooler colors in the distance and warmer colors in the foreground. The water should be done in the fewest number of brush strokes possible. Three to five strokes for an ocean!  

     7).    By now the paper is dry and all you need to do is add the foreground foliage, the palm fronds and you are finished.

      Roy's watercolors are created using the basic principles and elements of design in art. Principles such alternation, balance, contrast, dominanceharmony, unity, gradation. Elements such as color, line, action or direction, shape, size, texture and value. Using pattern groups, perspective, varietycomposition, value sketches and symbols will help you paint better looking and more interesting watercolors.

     These design elements and principles apply to all art mediums such as oils, acrylics, pencil, pastels, and mixed mediums, not just watercolors. Beginners and experienced artists will benefit by adopting these principles and elements of design.

    For more details on the Principles & Elements of art design visit Roy's: Principles Of Art Design & Elements Of Art Design. Below is an example of using these Principles and elements of design in your paintings.

                      Transparent, Translucent, Fresh & Spontaneous Watercolors




                   What Is The Deal With All The Different Watercolor Colors:

    Beginners are often confused by all the color hype on the market today. There are only three primary colors but few watercolor painters paint with three colors in their pallets. I believe many beautiful paintings can be completed with the three primary watercolor colors, but I like to use a cool and a warm version of each color. This also allows you color variety as you paint. First you use the cool yellow and then you use the warm yellow. This will allow these colors to explode and mix into many different colors. See my pallet below.

         Roy John Fuller, Watercolor Artist. Roy is also the founder of International Watercolors, an online watercolor magazine with featured articles on many of today's top watercolor artists and upcoming watercolor artists.


                                                     Watercolor Workshops

       Workshops are focused on the basics necessary to make a watercolor painting come together. Things like composition, doing a value sketch before you start painting, basic design elements and principles that make up a great painting. These are the things that will breath life into your watercolor paintings. Keeping your painting applications and techniques fresh.. His technique involves wetting the area of the watercolor paper completely before applying any watercolor paints. Then applying watercolor paint quickly with the minimum number of brush strokes. The paper dries in 12 - 20 minutes. Another few minutes to work on some details and the watercolor painting is finished. Students often comment my paintings style look loose, clear and colorful. That's because I paint quickly with big brushes. I have the students do some exercises where they paint an entire painting by the time the paper dries. They are all surprised how great their painting look. They are forced to paint with the minimum number of brush strokes in order to finish the painting before the paper dries. They get in and get out of the painting.

    You only need your first impression of an object, not all the details of the object. This is where your symbols come in. You paint your symbol for a tree not the tree in the photo you are looking at. After painting the symbol a number of times you don't have to even think about it. You just paint it.  

Painting With Big Brushes

Roy Fuller offers 1, 3 and 5 day watercolor workshops in the US and Internationally.  Workshops are focused on design, composition, color, painting loose and quickly. We recommend attending a one day workshop first and then following up with a 3 - 5 day workshop later after you have had time to practice these new techniques.


 "Watercolor Painting Is Really Simple!

We make it hard.

 Everyone makes watercolors too complicated. Anyone can paint beautiful watercolor paintings with some guidance and practice. I can't spend hours or days, let alone weeks doing a painting. I spend most of my time planning the painting and making sure my rough sketch is accurate. Then I wet the paper completely and start painting as fast as I can until the paper dries. Usually 7 to 14 minutes. A few more minutes adding a few details and I am finished. From a design standpoint, a well designed, quickly done painting like this will be the most transparent, translucent, spontaneous and loose painting possible. The longer you take to paint a watercolor painting the more of the above desirable qualities you lose. Add variety and a few other techniques and you will have a beautiful watercolor painting. "Variety is the spice of everything niceRoy Fuller.

I always say "Plan Slow & Paint Fast" Roy Fuller.





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