Beginning Essentials Part 3: Your First Paintings

"What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way. ”

Winslow Homer

This course is the third and final part of the Essentials of Beginning Watercolor series If you have painted in watercolor before, you won't need to take Parts 1 and 2 before taking this course, but if this is your first time dipping into watercolor, I would like to suggest that you start with Part 1. You are also welcome to take the entire series, Essentials of Beginning Watercolor, which includes all three parts of the series and provides 7 hours of foundational instruction for those just starting out in watercolor painting!

Now that you have learned the basic skills and techniques of beginner watercolor, it’s time to do what you came to my site for: paint pictures in beautiful watercolor!

We’ll get started by focusing on three important tools you will use as you start painting these pictures and your own compositions:

  • Why “losing an edge” is important in a composition
  • How to choose good photo references for your composition
  • An easy way to put your signature on your paintings

Then, we’ll move on to the three-course bundle. You’ll be guided through each lesson, step-by-step, painting three different pictures as you apply the skills and techniques you've learned in my course.

  • Winter landscape
  • Stormy seascape
  • A loose style bunny rabbit

Once you’ve finished this course, you should have the basic skills and techniques you need to start painting your own works of art!

Be sure to keep practicing what you have learned in my courses. The more you practice, the more confident you will feel about starting new paintings.

Come paint with me!


Your Instructor

Jayne Spencer
Jayne Spencer

As a native of San Diego and graduate of San Diego State University, I have been painting and exhibiting my work for more than 30 years throughout Southern California. The bold lines, fluid shapes, and my color palette are influenced by my father’s paintings and my degree in graphic design.

My work is inspired by the idea of capturing that emotional and visceral response we feel when we see a beautiful but fleeting image—a moment of color, intensity, movement, and expression that stays with us long after.

While known for my representational and abstract work, my love is for portraits, and I have been honored with awards that include Best in Show for Cowboy at the San Dieguito Off Track Gallery and the Logan Award and Golden Award for Maasai Boy at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s 34th International Show.

For over a decade, I have been running workshops and juried watercolor shows in the San Diego area while teaching all levels of watercolor painting at a local community college and in my studio in Encinitas, CA. I find tremendous satisfaction in teaching and love seeing my students, improve, gain confidence, and express themselves through watercolor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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