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Watercolor Painting (.com) Archives: Tony Couch - Cummings, GA - Featured Artist [cached] Featured Artist Article | • Tony Couch, A.W.S. - Spring 2009 | A Featured Artist Watercolor Painting (.com) Archives: Tony Couch - Cummings, GA - Featured Artist

Tony Couch, A.W.S. - Spring 2009
Tony Couch
Morning Cafe © Tony Couch "Morning Cafe" Watercolor © 2008 Tony Couch
WATERCOLOR You Can Do It © Tony Couch "WATERCOLOR: You Can Do It! by Tony Couch was first published in 1987 by Northlight Books.
Image © Tony Couch (Detail) Watercolor © 2009 Tony Couch In the middle of the Great Depression a little boy named Tony drew pictures of airplanes on the sidewalk in front of his house in Miami, Florida. His dad was a flight-radio operator on the " Flying Boats" used for flight routes between Miami and Havana. Tony was born in 1929, when films and newspapers were the primary source of news, entertainment, and culture. He grew up influenced by the art he saw in the Sunday funny pages. When Tony was five, Al Capp started Li'l Abner and Milton Caniff started Terry and the Pirates.
Their works inspired many young artists, including Tony. When Tony moved from scratching rocks on sidewalks to drawing with pencil and paper, he began to entertain visions of being a "big time cartoonist" as he honed his drawing skills. Unfortunately, in school, art was a subject reserved for college students, not youngsters. Tony "spent a lot of time drawing in class when I should have been doing other things," but managed not to flunk out on his way to a diploma. "I saw watercolor for the first time and I have to say it was love at first sight" —Tony Couch He served in the Army National Guard while studying art at the University of Tampa and by the time Tony graduated in 1951 with a B.A. in Art, the Korean War was in full swing. So he decided to enlist in the Navy. After spending time as a gunner on a carrier off Korea, he entered Navy Flight Training and became a pilot, "Then a couple years flying P2V 'Neptunes' on the East Coast and North Africa and with the British on Malta." Returning to civilian life after 5 years in the service, Tony was eligible for the " K-vet Bill" which would help finance college education, covering the costs of books and tuition only. He started attending the Pratt Institute in the evenings, concentrating in illustration...the closest thing he could find to cartooning at the time. While attending school he supported himself as a cartoonist and line illustrator, first with the Associated Press, and then as a freelancer. On weekends he flew planes in the Naval Reserve. Path to the Sea © Tony Couch "Path to the Sea" 22" x 30" Watercolor © 2009 Tony Couch "In school I took a semester of "an introduction to watercolor", taught by one Edgar A. Whitney, who was an art director at McCann Ericson Advertising during the day, and relatively unknown to the "art world". Here I saw watercolor for the first time and I have to say it was love at first sight." After three years of school, Tony discovered he was one of the few Naval Reserve Pilots who weren't working as a commercial pilot. What with the recession, freelance jobs were tighter than ever. As a student on the street he learned "a bunch that wasn't taught in school, including being an artist is a good way to starve to death," and in a quest for financial stability he decided to "fly now and paint later," leaving Pratt to begin working at Delta Airlines. In his 31 year career with Delta Airlines Tony says he "never let my skills with pen and pencil drop - doing freelance work in my off time to keep my 'hand in it'. While on the ground he freelanced in his spare time including cartoon work for the Houston Chronicle and illustrations for the Houston Post's Sunday Magazine. After a job transfer to Atlanta, he found the local freelance market discouragingly dry. "Every painter is in "show biz" just as surely as any orchestra conductor or stage play director—each plies the same craft and in much the same manner." —Tony Couch
Lost Dog © Tony Couch "Lost Dog" 22" x 30" Watercolor © 2009 Tony Couch
Tony said. As Tony's noteriety grew so did the pressure to codify his artistic philosophy in the form of a book. Starting in 1983 he wrote and illustrated his way through a dynamic course of study reflecting the best of his experience and that of his mentors. In 1987 "WATERCOLOR: You Can Do It! was published by North Light Books. By 1990 Tony retired from Delta Airlines and began painting and teaching full time. Tony's watercolor instruction articles have appeared in several publications worldwide, including Palette Talk, North Light, American Artist, Australian Artist , The Artist's Magazine , and Watercolor Magic. Tony Couch is a visual entertainer at heart. His eye-catching style is based on a masterful command of drawing and composition and a refreshingly direct approach that embraces the fluid and maleable qualities of watercolor. He delivers with a flair often strived for but seldom matched. His watercolors always deliver more than the sum of their parts, effortlessly merging the impressionistic with the representational. San Miguel Mission © Tony Couch "San Miguel Mission" 22" x 30" Watercolor © 2009 Tony Couch As to his artistic influences, Tony says, "Certainly Ed Whitney, as I spent most of my learning time with him. Here was a guy who knew design forwards and backwards - and could teach it, and I came to see design is a very large part of the game. I was also influenced by Robert E. Wood, Milford Zorn and Zoltan Szabo, with whom I studied, and John Pike, Ted Kautzky, Claude Croney and Rex Brandt, through their books." He gets his most enjoyment while teaching "when I see the 'light go on' in a student, and when I see a determined student's progress."
To paraphrase an old airline slogan: Tony Couch. He loves to paint. And it shows.
Tony has been elected to membership in the Academic Artists Association, Allied Artists of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association, the Knickerbocker Artists, the Salmagundi Club, the Society of Marine Painters, Watercolor West, the Whiskey Painters of America and the Pittsburgh, Georgia, Southern and Midwest Watercolor Societies. - Artists Galleries - The best watercolorists. Free watercolorpainting lessons and tutorials. [cached]

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An all time best selling book, Tony Couch's Watercolor, You Can Do It! is the textbook in several college art departments.His watercolor instruction articles, videos, and workshops continue to attract students worldwide.

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Artists from as far away as British Columbia, Canada, joined Salmon Artists in a watercolor workshop featuring internationally known artist Tony Couch.


Tony Couch Watercolors

Tony Couch has been an International Watercolors member from the very beginning. Tony has been featured as a Showcase Watercolor Artist on International Watercolors numerous times. Tony offers watercolor workshops all across America.
"I recently attended a watercolor painting workshop by one of my most respected Watercolor Artists & Watercolor Workshop instructors , Tony Couch. Let me tell you I was not disappointed, nor was anyone else in the workshop that I spoke with. Tony would lecture for an hour or so in the mornings on the principles of design and then paint a full sheet demonstration watercolor painting right before our eyes each day. He did 5 beautiful paintings during the week. Tony would complete the painting before lunch and then we would break for an hour and return at 1 pm to work on our own paintings with the instruction and guidance of Tony. Participants would paint until 4 pm each day and then Tony would conduct a critique on any artist's paintings that volunteered. If you don't want your painting critiqued that's Ok. Everyone wanting a critique would put their paintings in a stack in front of the classroom before 4 pm and Tony and the class would do a critique of the paintings.
I had been studying Tony Couch via his books and 10 instructional DVDs for almost 20 years but had never attended one of his workshops.
Tony takes you through each step of the process and tell you literally everything he knows about transparent watercolors. He gives you his secrets he has learned over the past 40 years as a watercolor artists. I highly recommend one of Tony Couch's Watercolor Workshops to everyone at all stages of their painting career. I have been painting watercolors for almost 20 years and oils several years prior to that. I have been doing some basic watercolor workshops internationally myself. Tony's watercolor workshops are for everyone! From the basics to the most advanced techniques in transparent watercolors, Tony puts it all on the table for his students.
Tony also offers workshop attendee a very special deal on his demonstration paintings each day. Although his paintings sell in galleries for $2,500 or more, you can purchase one of his demo paintings at a very special rate. If you like one of the demo painting, I suggest you put your money on the table quickly before someone else does though. There have been disputes on who bought a painting first. Tony also has other paintings from his collection available for purchase and a copy of his most popular book that is still North Light's highest selling book! "Watercolors, You Can Do It". Tony also has all ten of his instructional DVD's and videos for sale during the workshops and gladly autographs every one for the students.
If you could have only one book or video by Tony Couch, this is the one you should have!

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Tony Couch Watercolor Workshops

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