Originally Posted by FIREd
Watercolor is the media that I would love to master. When I was a teenager I saw an old style travel journal with stunning watercolor illustrations and I have been chasing the dream ever since. Unfortunately I am not very good at it. At least, with digital media, I can always "undo" and try again until I get it "right". I also like the fact that With the iPad I don't need to carry a lot of equipment with me. Pull the iPad out and start drawing anytime, anywhere.
If the iPad gets you into drawing and painting what you see then that is great. Painting makes one study the scene and analyze why it is what it is. You can be an analytical type or an intuitive type and still do this. But it does require tons of patience (with yourself that is).
There is a watercolorist I admire named Trevor Chamberlain. He also does fantastic plein air oils. His books that are out of print seem to sell for very high prices.
Some libraries carry old copies and well worth looking at. One of his oil painting books discusses technique in some depth. Libraries are good sources of "how to" books but I have to *really* admire the artist before following the advice.