Hi, I’m Bill Polm.

I’ve been painting, drawing, and studying watercolors for well over 30 years.

I’m basically self-taught, although I have taken a number of watercolor workshops from other artist/teachers in various places:  California (several), Colorado, Maine.  I studied with these Artists: Ken Decker, Robert Landry, Kolan Peterson, Tony Couch, Stephen Quiller, Richard Scott, and  Timothy J. Clark.

Check out my work, if you like, right here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21521891@N06/sets/72157603373191723/

My goal with this blog is to include some of the best available advice on watercolor painting. A lot of what I will share I have learned from other artists (and I will endeavor to give proper credit!) and some is of my own invention–usually out of necessity or after making mistakes! In other words, in the process of learning.

I have included video clips that show various ways watercolor is successfully done.  I will be including more soon (maybe even some demonstrations of how NOT to do it :).  Also there will be photos of my paintings, worthwhile links, favorite artists, recommendations re good books or DVDs on or close to the subject, and probably even more, like a journal of my own studies and progress at my ongoing life-long learning activities.

4 Responses to About

  1. Sylvia says:

    Thanks, Bill! I tried a quick “copy cat” type WC sketch of your beach waves. (In lieu of Pine trees, I used Palm Trees instead, since I’m trying to conquer how to paint those!) I’m following your water waves steps from your videos and I feel comfortable enough to actually let others see my work during plein air group critiques. No longer shy about waves. I’m still going to practice. Thanks again for posting your videos!!!!!

  2. Bill says:

    Thank you, Sylvia.

    Incidentally, my son-in-law’s brother (staying with us) and I went to the field yesterday and video’d some clips to use as background to my intro to the sketching outdoors series. I hope to finish the first clip or two on equipment tomorrow.
    I will work at alternating with some clips on doing things like your palm trees, etc.

    For right now here’s a hint: emphasize the outline of the tree most, and de-emphasize details. Get the outline of the trunks and the leaves right first, then float in color, and THEN be sparing with any details. We recognize objects visually, including trees, mainly by their silhouettes.

  3. Silvia says:

    Hello Bill I recently obtained 2 of your paintings which inclde; “Sunflower Bouquet” dated 10-11-97 (original) and also “Impatiens and chain”. I would love your comments

    • admin says:

      Hi Silvia,
      Those paintings went to co-workers at an Orange County department several years back. I’m curious as to how you obtained them. I hope you’re enjoying them. Thanks for commenting. Bill

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