GUEST ARTIST: Watercolour Sketching With Angela Fehr

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Angela Fehr of pink orange fields and sky

My name is Angela Fehr (View my online classes and follow me on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram). I’ve been a watercolour addict for over twenty years now, ever since taking my first watercolour class as a teenager. I’m from northern British Columbia, Canada, a beautiful rural region of the country with long, cold winters and a small population. I love our wildernesses and the beauty of this area, and my landscape and floral paintings highlight the hidden gems of our region.

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Angela Fehr of roseI absolutely love the transparency of watercolour, the ability to take water and pigment and let them flow and mingle on the page to create their own kind of magic, and so my paintings seek to capture nature while still keeping to this loose & fluid style. While I can paint realistically, I much prefer to try to connect to the “spirit” of what I am painting by choosing to loosen up and capture the mood and atmosphere in a way that creates an emotional connection.

I believe that the message of my paintings is that everything is significant. Nature inspires my paintings, voicing the idea that life has purpose, and by doing what I was created to do, I can fulfill my purpose and find peace in where I am right now, even if I haven’t chosen the situation in which I find myself. Just like a tree or a flower, I can flourish where I am without comparing to others (there are always better painters out there) or thinking I need to wait until all circumstances are perfect before living my passion.

20 Reasons to Paint Today by Angela Fehr - Doodlewash

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Angela Fehr of paint mixingA few years ago, while staying home full time to homeschool my three children, I started making watercolour tutorial videos for Youtube. These first awkward little demos, sharing my watercolour “light bulb moments,” struck a chord with people wanting to learn watercolour, and led to an online teaching career. In the last three years I have built an online watercolour school with a dozen watercolour courses and over 6,000 students enrolled. I’ve been able to teach watercolour all over the world without leaving my little corner of British Columbia, and build a watercolour community that connects and unifies through this shared passion.


Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Angela Fehr of pink flowersOne thing that is so important to me about painting is to teach my students to embrace the process. Many of my students discovered watercolour in mid-life and almost feel like they need to apologize for their “newbie” skill level. As humans we tend to be so hard on ourselves, take even our hobbies so seriously, that as an instructor, I spend a lot of time giving students permission to enjoy the journey of learning a new skill, take risks and make mistakes as part of learning, and to learn through playing with watercolour, rather than getting all academic if that’s not their learning style.

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Angela Fehr of trees in forestThis gentle, “have fun and own your journey” approach not only transforms watercolour into a guilt-free adventure, but affects other areas of life as well, and I’ve found that I’m a kinder and more accepting person because of how being more forgiving of myself in watercolour has paralleled how I relate to life and other people.

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Angela Fehr of purple flowers

Even after twenty years, watercolour still remains fresh as I challenge myself to improve my painting and composition skills daily. I think I will always feel in some respects like a student of watercolour, and I get excited when I think about getting older; since every year is making me a better painter, age is nothing to fear! And being able to mentor beginning painters through my classes and watercolour community is such a privilege that even though watercolour is both my passion and my job, it never feels like work.

I’m delighted to be able to offer Doodlewash readers a 50% discount on my online class, “Watercolour Sketches”. Use code DOODLEWASH (DOODLEWASHCAD if paying in Canadian funds) to redeem your discount. During the month of July, I’m also donating $1 from every course sold on my site to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation, to provide underprivileged children with art supplies. I really believe (and I’ve done this with my three children) that the best way to foster creativity in children is to set them loose with great materials, and I’m proud to be a part of this giving aspect of World Watercolor Month.

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  1. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Beautiful watercolor Angela, love your video. Thank you Charlie!

    • angelfehr 7 years ago

      Thank you! Charlie’s a star for letting me post and share my journey, and it’s always inspiring to be able to encourage others!

  2. Carol 7 years ago

    I’ve followed Angela for years and love her flowing, vibrant work. Simply stunning!

    • angelfehr 7 years ago

      Thank you, Carol!

  3. Celia 7 years ago

    Angela’s video’s have taught me a lot about watercolor painting, great artist!! Thank you for the special video for the post!

    • angelfehr 7 years ago

      Thank you so much, Celia! It’s so much fun being a part of World Watercolor Month!

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 7 years ago

    Angela, I love your philosophy, letting go of the pencil and letting the paint take you through your own journey. Your art is glorious.
    Thank you, Charlie, for letting us see into Angela’s sketchbooks.

    • angelfehr 7 years ago

      Thank you so much! We gain so much when we enjoy the process over the end result!

  5. Angela, I’ve been a follower and a fan of yours almost since my art journey started. Thanks for your post and I love your 20 Reasons! You inspire us all. <3

  6. Jodi 7 years ago

    Good stuff Angela!

  7. Snehal Kank 7 years ago

    Wonderful artwork Angela! Thanks for the video tutorial, It’s really helpful 🙂
    Thanks so much Charlie 🙂 🙂

  8. Robin Edmundson 7 years ago

    Thank you, Angela, for that fabulous video. I learned so much and you’ve made me braver!

  9. Teri C 7 years ago

    Love your style and love your words. I especially like your 20 reasons to paint and am going to share it on my Facebook page. Hope that is ok with you. Thank you for all you do for the arts.

  10. mini ART tour 7 years ago

    Thanks for this free lesson !

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  12. ybromfield 7 years ago

    Thank you, Angela! I did get to watch your video yesterday and I have the get that green gold! Your paintings are so beautiful!

  13. Jessica Seacrest 7 years ago

    Great post. Loved reading about your process Angela and watching the video. Wonderful bright painting! <3

  14. memadtwo 7 years ago

    Good advice! (K)

  15. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    Beautiful paintings, love the philosophy that “everything is significant.” Great feature post, very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  16. pensivethoughtsblog 7 years ago

    it’s amazing.

  17. […] to watercolor painting, Angela has a YouTube channel that can help you get started. Her style is to let the paint do the talking without using pen or pencil to draw a scene first. It’s very loose and exciting to see the […]

  18. Stephen Moore 7 years ago

    Very beautiful…..

  19. Anita 6 years ago

    You have inspired me! I am off to paint! Thanks!

  20. […] thrilled to announce a new course offered by my friend and former guest artist, Angela Fehr called Creative Watercolour. I’ve always said that watercolour is for everyone and this […]

  21. […] (The Frugal Cafter) tutorials, and paint away while listening to her. I’m also a big fan of Angela Fehr, Steve Mitchell (The Mind of Watercolor), Carrie “Watercolor Misfit” and more! You can find a […]

  22. Jean Alford 5 years ago

    Angela, I love this video and simple way to begin a watercolour painting. It makes so much sense, both methods. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  23. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Wonderful lesson! Thank you for sharing your artistic journey and process!

  24. Nart Mood 5 years ago

    Weldone Angela.impressed of all of your ways but especially your description and vocabullary,with real practical experince and literary insight.

  25. Anita Sinha 4 years ago

    Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your artistic tips!

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