My interest in fine art goes back many years to a couple of basic oil painting class I took in Crown Point, Indiana, in 1976. I became very interested in oils, created many paintings, sold a few, but gave most away as gifts to family and friends.
Because of increasing job responsibilities, and the need to get an advanced degree, I slowed down and even stopped painting for many years. In 1994, my interest in oils was rekindled after viewing some PBS television broadcasts of a well-known painter named Bob Ross. The technique he used and tools were much simpler and faster than what I remembered about oil painting many years ago, so I took up the methods and style of Bob Ross to see how they worked. I currently teach the Bob Ross style to many of my neighbors in our local community and have a group of artists who enjoy the process of creating something beautiful from a white piece of canvas.
In 1995 my interest in watercolors developed, primarily because the medium was less toxic and easier to clean up and use. However watercolor painting is much tougher to control and is less forgiving than oils. I began by attending a watercolor workshop with a well-known watercolor painter named Tony Couch. His focus on design and creating 'symbols' in watercolor got me hooked on this medium. I really like the look of his water colors. His style is to paint wet-into wet, which is also difficult to control, but some of the effects are fantastic.
I have continued my watercolor training with other well know watercolor artists, Tom Lynch, Tony van Hasselt, Ron Ranson and have even taken a second and third workshop with Tony Couch. Most recently I have been learning the style of Sterling Edwards, a very successful artist and teacher from North Carolina.
In 2011 I started teaching a basic watercolor class to members of our community using the techniques of Tony Couch.
Working and teaching in both oil and watercolor mediums gives me great pleasure and satisfaction.
6137 min6-part Crafts course72 CQ
Want to improve your intermediate-level watercolor painting skills? In this watercolor workshop, learn how to paint a California mission scene, with architectural details, foliage, shadows, and more!
432 min4-part Watercoloring course18 CQ
If you're moved by the beauty of the African landscape, try this watercolor painting course and create an impressionistic image of a lion. Learn to prep brushes and paints, lay out colors, and more!
Other Lessons by Larry Hamilton
15 minWatercoloring lesson8 CQ
Learn how to paint white subjects on white canvas with this four-part watercolor series. Start with the background and features of the subjects—two white dogs.
13 minWatercoloring lesson7 CQ
In the second lesson in this watercolor painting series, follow along as artist and teacher Larry Hamilton paints the features and body of the lhaso apso.
12 minWatercoloring lesson7 CQ
In the third lesson in this watercolor painting series, follow along as Larry Hamilton paints the features and body of the western highlands terrier.
4 minWatercoloring lesson3 CQ
In the final lesson in this watercolor painting series, complete the composition of the two white dogs. Follow along as Larry Hamilton adds final details.
19 minWatercoloring lesson10 CQ
Painting on Aquabord has its own challenges. In this series, learn how to paint on Aquabord by completing a composition of a country cottage. Begin with washes.
14 minWatercoloring lesson8 CQ
Continue this country cottage composition in the second lesson in this watercolor Aquabord series. Add vegetation and details to bring this landscape to life.
17 minWatercoloring lesson9 CQ
In the third and final lesson of this watercolor painting series, finalize the country cottage painting on Aquabord. Add the final features and details.