Course "Finding Beauty in the Ordinary"


Finding Beauty in the Ordinary

Learn to simplify complex forms and create beautiful paintings out of ordinary scenes


Language: English

How does an artist manage to turn anything into art? How is it possible to capture everyday scenes in such a way that reveals hidden beauty, subjects that many would simply pass by?

When people begin to paint, they tend to look for overly ‘pretty’ subjects. This can lead to frustration, as often our paintings don’t live up to the subject! I want students to realize that there is a whole world of possible painting subjects, and to give them some advice on how to handle scenes that may not be considered ‘beautiful’ and elevate them to a pleasing watercolor.
According to Andy Evansen, extra detalisation is one of the most common mistakes students make. Let’s learn how to simplify complicated subjects!

Meet your instructor

Andy Evansen


  • Andy Evansen began painting watercolors in the mid-1990s as a change of pace from his career as a medical illustrator
  • He is a Signature Member of AWS, PAPA, RRWS, TWSA
  • He became a Signature Member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and served as their President from 2015-2017
  • Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA), Signature Member April 2018
  •  Salmagundi Club, Artist Member 2017
  • His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze and High Winds Medals from the American Watercolor Society
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