The Internet is full of free resources for learning about watercolor. Here are the ones I have found. I’m adding to this section any links that others have recommended as well. I have ordered these based on the artist’s last name, when I could find it. I don’t get any reimbursement for posting these, nor do I have affiliate links here or anything like that. The recommendations here are 100% based on my experience.
Ron Hazell’s book is the first book I painted through. I still find myself using these techniques when painting water.
The Artist’s Guide to Painting Water in Watercolor
Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors
Ray Hendershot’s book has easily been one of the best watercolor books I have read. The lessons are not all for beginners, which is a welcome change from the majority of watercolor books.
You won’t believe the amount of free instructional material that is available on John Muir Laws’ website. I promise. Check it out… you won’t regret it.
John Muir Laws
Bruce MacEvoy’s webpage contains more information on watercolor, color theory, and pigments that any other place I’ve found online.
Stan’s YouTube channel has some very formative fundamental content on his channel.
The Mind of Watercolor
Steve Mitchell’s YouTube channel is regularly updated. I have found a lot of helpful content here, especially regarding materials and techniques.
Joe is a muralist in Flagstaff Arizona whose videos provide some really great content, especially regarding color theory.
Alan’s channel was recommended by a user on Reddit, I haven’t had a chance to watch much of it, but I like the way he renders trees in the thumbnails I have seen.
Proko.com was started by Stan Prokopenko and has a ton of lessons about drawing, anatomy, and art in general. There is also a thriving community of artists here, and monthly challenges that are free to enter.
This book provides an in-depth examination of the history of watercolor. There is a large focus on the French influence, but the content is excellent.
Watercolor: A History
Michael’s style is largely characterized with beautiful loose washes. His YouTube channel showcases his techniques quite well.
Rick has a lot of information on his site about materials that I found very useful. (It’s where I found my porcelain palette, which I absolutely love.)
Rick’s YouTube channel was one of the first channels I ever watched in my attempt to learn how to paint.
The Podias that Rick offers provide a wealth of information, and an excellent pedagogy. I especially like his one on Rocks and Water.
Gary’s videos focus on ideas and techniques, so that each paint-along isn’t merely instruction on how to paint “that” scene, but how to solve a particular problem that is present in the chosen image.
Liron provides a ton of videos, and explains very well how he is progressing in his Watercolor journey. His Master Studies are especially useful to me.