First, welcome to the students in my new Introduction To Painting In Watercolor Class at the Art Students League of Denver. You are embarking on a journey that can enrich your lives with new challenges and great rewards.
Before anyone sends me a message and tells me how much they love this painting I must confess that I copied if from a Trevor Chamberlin Watercolor Book. I tell my students all the time that one of the best ways to learn about painting is to copy a painting by an artist that they admire. In this case I learned a lot about how Trevor Chamberlin applies washes, his choice of colors, and how he decided what to include in his composition. After I finished this painting I visited the Coliseum in Rome and was able to see first hand what Trevor Chamberlin decided to ignore and what he included. Copying paintings is a traditional lesson at the art school in Paris and the Louver Museum provides easels and drop cloths for the art students. The last time I was there, I had a great time watching the students copy the masterpieces of their choice and I was envious because the museums in the U.S. often don’t allow this practice.