Mario A. Robinson

Mario A. Robinson: Watercolor Portraits


Video Length: 5 Hours
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Here’s more of how Mario is going to help you transform your watercolor portraits:

  • How to guide the watercolors and never try to control what refuses to be controlled (not unlike the free spirit of many artists!)
  • Mixing skin tones for light and shadow — this is the stuff top artists know
  • Creating form to breathe life into your portraits
  • Dry brush techniques that will give you an extra boost of realism (just what you’re looking for in a portrait!)


With over five hours of instruction, you won’t want to miss one bit of the action as Mario takes you step by step through an entire painting — everything from start to finish that you’ll need to know to help you uncover the many secrets watercolor portrait painting holds. And all along the way, Mario not only shows you, but tells you why, so you don’t have to suffer through frustrating trial and error.

In addition to Mario’s easygoing painting style, his instruction is thorough and simple, making it easy for you to grasp and then apply it.

Techniques, Principles & Secrets Revealed!

Don’t Go Chasing Watercolors! Mario reveals the principles he follows and the secrets he uses every time he creates a work of art. He encourages you to keep things simple — not to attempt to control the watercolor, but to rein it in and guide it. He shows you how to keep your work areas small so you’re not trying to fix things later, which can ruin your painting. His inspiration and guidance will make you want to take action right away because your world will open to the new possibilities for what you can do using Mario’s techniques.


Here are the mysteries Mario uncovers for you:

  • Learn the one thing that puts you in a position for a highly successful portrait painting
  • Another secret shows you how your paintings could grab people’s attention like never before
  • Know when to assert control and when to let your watercolors have freedom after you do this!
  • Mario reveals a time-saving tip that injects light into his paintings
  • Trouble with natural skin tones? Learn what great watercolor artists do!
  • Overcome one of the biggest struggles for watercolor and portraitartists as Mario shows you how to master this technique to create softer lines and edges
  • Tricks for getting the exact color you’re going for — this will save you a lot of time and headaches!
  • Fast drying times? Turn it to your advantage by doing this!
  • Why getting yourself a cup of coffee is exactly what your painting needs!
  • The rhythm of watercolor — how to go with it and not fight it (an absolute if you want to get really good with watercolors!)
  • A whole lot more...


After each segment in the video, you’ll see what looks like magic happening in front of you. With every new layer of perfectly mixed color and each expert stroke of his brush, Mario explains why he’s doing what he’s doing ... what it’s going to bring to the painting.

This is what brings the deep level of knowledge you need as you watch his beautiful painting unfold. The skin tones, the contour of his subject’s arms, the shadows … all executed with precision, yet so practical that it will all begin to make perfect sense to you.

Mario paints in the American realist style of Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Eakins. He instructs with his own tried-and-true techniques that unravel the myths and mysteries of watercolor painting. He is thorough, concise, and practical — just what it takes for you to really “get” the nuances of watercolor painting and not let past experiences or what others have to say hold you back from getting really good with watercolor.                                                    

You may not be able to attend one of Mario’s live workshops, but you can sure bring Mario’s expert guidance into your own studio by ordering this video, watching it right away, and then putting all of Mario’s great techniques and advice into action.



Mario A. Robinson’s work fits within the tradition of American painting and bears a close affinity to masters of the realist tradition like Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Eakins. Mario is an Exhibiting Artist Member of the National Arts Club and an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, and he has been recognized by Winsor & Newton Watercolor Paints in its Artist Spotlight. His work has been featured in a wide variety of top art magazines, including Fine Art Connoisseur.


Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Greg Brauer

The video is very inspiring and great instruction. The video is packed with tips and idea to build confidence with creating art.

Very helpful with thorough explanation

I found Mario's instruction very thorough and helpful. Starting a portrait using shadow first was a new concept for me but one which I found quite interesting! I almost liked my 1st attempt at doing it more than I liked my finished painting.
It was occasionally a little slow moving but I look forward to viewing it again and getting even more ideas!

Great instructor, great, original techniques

I really enjoyed this course with Mario. I already owned his book and went looking for videos by him so was pleased to find one here. It has changed the way I now paint portraits in watercolour.