Premier Workshop with Don Andrews

San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS) is pleased to offer a 3-day premier watercolor workshop for “Landscape Color & Composition”, a Zoom event taught by Don Andrews on Monday, September 13 – Wednesday, September 15, 2021. From the comfort and privacy of your own home or studio, you can participate fully in this workshop that is geared specifically for artists who are eager to paint and study in a no-stress studio environment. Each day, Don will address a major visual concern; light, color, granulation, organizing nature, and utilizing negative space are just a few subjects to be covered. This workshop isn’t geared to any specific level of achievement; rather artists at all levels will benefit from a more personal understanding of the painting possibilities available in the exciting world of landscape painting.  This workshop will be packed with demonstrations, discussions, individual help, and personal and group critiques.

Don Andrews is a nationally known watercolor artist and workshop instructor. He is a graduate of Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and a resident of Bastrop, Texas. He is an active member and past board director of the American Watercolor Society, and his paintings have received numerous awards in national watercolor competitions including three awards from the American Watercolor Society. Don is an experienced instructor, having conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe for over 30 years. Furthermore, he is the author of the books “Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor“, “Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor” and “Rough Sketches: Short Stories of a Traveling Artist“. He has also created two DVD sets that follow his figure and landscape workshop curriculum as well as his DVD, “Making Watercolor Glow” taken from his original video. He has also had numerous feature articles published in American Artist magazine and the Watercolor issue of American Artist.

If you are interested in participating in this premier workshop, you will want to acquire or have ready the following supplies:

  • Any size sketch book
  • Markers or pencils
  • Watercolor paper of good quality (Don uses Arches 140# Rough or Cold Press). Students are encouraged to work at any size they wish, but have plenty of paper on hand.
  • One easel per student (preferably a table easel, Don uses a French Box easel) as you will be working on a slant. You can also improvise, leaning your board against something, as long as it is secure, and not at too sharp an angle.
  • The usual watercolor supplies: palette, (butchers tray or large mixing tray is also helpful) paint, brushes, water container, paint board with clamps, paper towels, etc.
  • Several photos, sketches or other source material for class study.
  • NOTE: Don presently uses the Robert Simmons synthetic white sable brushes, although other brands are satisfactory. Round brushes include sizes 36, 26, 14, 10. Flat brushes include 2”,1 ½” and 1”.


Don is often asked what colors he has on his palette so we are providing a list of what he currently uses, though it’s not important that students have the same colors. Don emphasizes that you should have 2 light, 2 medium, and 2 dark of all the primary colors. Most professional brands are interchangeable and include Holbein, Windsor Newton, and Daniel Smith. Don currently uses American Journey watercolors from Cheap Joes Art Stuff.

The colors below are listed from light to dark in each column.

Turquoise Blue                  Naples Yellow

Manganese Blue              Lemon Yellow                    Red Hot Mama (Scarlet Lake)

Cerulean Blue                    Aureolin Yellow                Fire Engine Red (Cad. Red)

Cobalt Blue                         New Gamboge                                 Fuschia (Opera)

Ultramarine Blue              Raw Sienna                         Rose Madder

Peacock Blue                     Burnt Sienna                      Alizarin Crimson

Prussian Blue                     Sepia                                     Magenta                             

Hookers Green Dark

To enroll in this premier workshop, and to get the requirements for Zoom participation, visit the SDWS workshops page here: The cost is $275 for non-members, and $250 for members of the SDWS

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