Watercolor Art
& Online Painting Courses

by artist & instructor Daniel Novotny

Daniel Novotny is an award-winning Slovak watercolor artist and instructor with focus on creative watercolor through deliberate design decisions. Teaching students world-wide through Watercolor Mind, his painting philosophy is now available to anyone interested in improving their work (coming soon!).


Sharing experience through watercolor online courses

Daniel’s education project Watercolor Mind is a hub of creative ideas. It provides an extensive library of learning material for every aspiring watercolorist from complete beginner to advanced painter (coming soon!).

Daniel Novotny holding a painting


Painting ideas

Daniel’s watercolors focus on creative composition and the exploration of ideas. The hallmark of his art is the inquisitiveness with which he explores composition and watercolor.

Daniel’s work has won several international awards. It is displayed in galleries, museums and private collections throughout Europe and United States. Daniel’s portrait work was published in a book “Portrait Revolution” (2017).

Artist's statement

Exhilarating journey

Making a painting is a creative, involving process. Approaching watercolor through deliberate design strategy is as absorbing as the painting process itself. Through a series of studies I arrive at the finest resolution of my initial idea, experiencing an exhilarating journey of ups and downs, eurekas and discoveries. This is why I paint: to experience and explore. To feel. And I paint because I can’t not to.


The beauty of relationships

Daniel Novotny is a self-taught watercolor artist and instructor living and working in Slovakia. Even though he doesn’t represent a specific watercolor school, the American style of watercolor has been a major influence in his artistic development.

Daniel explores watercolor through creative composition. He believes in painting ideas, not mere pictures. While painting starts with a spark of inspiration, the idea is developed in the mind and brought into life through the hand. Daniel thus believes that for creating successful watercolors mastering both composition and technique is equally important.

Daniel’s favorite subjects include man-made structures set in natural environments. Through his creative intent he reshapes them into pleasing visual patterns. By responding to reality instead of copying it, a new, organized reality emerges – a world where beauty of relationships is enhanced.