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Hugh is first one to acknowledge that just enrolling in a watercolour class is not enough. “It comes down to technique,” he explains, “watercolour painting, like any kind of painting, is not easy. The danger is that if instructor is not alert enough to make it easy for those taking part to express themselves and become attuned with their inner vision then their frustration and negative feelings will grow, not go away.”
Hugh has made a name for himself precisely because he has spent most of his life developing a teaching technique that teaches technicalities of watercolour painting almost by stealth. “The idea is that when you’re painting you should be focusing on most important element of equation. Your inner world. That’s where your creativity resides. Anything else is a distraction.”
To help promote principle Hugh has written an interactive theme-driven How-to book on watercolour painting titled “Hugh Templeton’s Watercolour Guide for Absolute Beginners”.
The book was featured in Times Educational Supplement as a means of helping teachers develop creativity in classroom and it’s been popular with stressed-out executives who have little time to attend classes.
Published by innovative internet publisher Cool Publication (www.coolpublications.com) book has been one of their best-selling titles from moment it was published.
“It is easy to use. It comes in 25 theme-driven sections and you can start painting effectively from first chapter,” says senior editor Chris Walker, “we tried it when Hugh first approached us and even we managed to paint a passable watercolour and we haven’t touched anything beyond a computer keyboard for last thirty years. Hugh Templeton’s technique really works, we all forgot we were learning and it was so much fun we felt great for hours afterwards and we tried it out in an editorial meeting!”
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