The Barbara Tapp Watercolor Method is Barbara’s signature approach to watercolor painting … and it’s going to turn your watercolor world around.
You’ll discover a non-traditional process that starts with placing your dark shadow shapes first to achieve maximum contrast, as you can see in her work above.
This turns your painting into something so engaging and interesting, viewers will feel like time has completely stopped as they study it!
Barbara’s “Reverse” process also gives you a new and exciting way to analyze a scene, exposing you to new patterns, contrasts, textures, and even ideas to add drama to your paintings!
You may find this approach goes against everything you’ve learned, but it’s guaranteed to make your watercolor painting experience a journey of discovery.
Just a simple tweak to your watercolor approach, and you could:
Plus, it’s a GREAT technique to use when you’re painting plein air!
That “simple tweak” is what we call the “Reverse” watercolor approach, and we can’t wait for you to try it.
Here’s why it’s so effective:
First, the framework LOCKS IN the lights and darks — basically helping you “stop time.”
This approach is especially effective for plein air, as it essentially solves the frustrating problem of chasing the ever-changing effects of light!
Second, the dynamism and energy it creates is captured at the beginning of the painting instead of at the end.
This approach gives you BOLDER paintings, and it makes the entire watercolor painting experience so much more fun and rewarding.
She’s also sharing techniques like:
Meet Your Instructor, Barbara Tapp!“I was born an artist with a natural ability to draw in perspective, inherited from my dad and his ancestors. A daydreamer and an observer with an insatiable curiosity about everything.”
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Barbara is passionate about drawing. For 39 years she has worked as a Bay Area architectural illustrator, working freehand and honing her craft. In this time, she has illustrated 14 travel books, worked as an artist for scientists at a zoo, and also applied these skills in the real estate market.
Today, Barbara is primarily a plein air watercolor painter. She loves the transparency of watercolor, as it gives her endless possibilities for achieving depth and form.
“It’s a gentle paint force that flows off the brush. With each expressive stroke or wash, combined with the gravity, paper absorbency, fluidity, and pigment granulation, you’ll get an explosive medium that constantly surprises me. Plus, I enjoy mixing my own colors!”
Barbara continues to paint daily and competes regularly throughout the year in exhibitions and plein air events. She’s a proud Signature Member of California Plein Air Painters and a juried member of Watercolor West.
What You’ll Discover Inside: