Online Watercolor Painting Class
June 16, 2020 – 6pm to 8pm
Painting The Light Of Early Morning In Watercolor
This lesson shows you how to paint a farm landscape in the light of pre-dawn.
The key to really showing light of the pre-dawn – or post-sunset – landscape relies on three things: muted colors, a narrow value range and having a good temperature contrast between the sky and the ground planes. For this painting lesson, we use a very limited palette of colors. Two of them are already neutralized helps created the look of muted color in the landscape. We’ll also work from a value sketch that is dominanted by mid-value.
We use easy, basic techniques and a methodical approach with built up layers step-by-step, so everyone should be able to handle the class.
What you’ll need:
DRAWING LAYOUT: Download the drawing layout here – https://watercolormethods.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/11.14.153-EarlyMorningLight_layout.pdf
Transfer the layout to your watercolor paper. Either copy the layout freehand or trace onto your paper.
You can use any window as a light box – this short video shows you how: https://watercolormethods.com/2018/10/tracing-your-composition-onto-watercolor-paper/
Also download this value sketch: https://watercolormethods.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2.7.169-StreetScene1Pt_valuesketch.pdf
BRUSHES: 1 1/2? Flat, 1/4? Flat, Medium Round, Small Round, and Rigger .
PAINT COLORS: Daniel Smith Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet (if you don’t have that use a combination of Permanent Alizarin Crimson, and Burnt Sienna), Cobalt Blue, Winsor Newton French Ultramarine Blue , Raw Sienna
PAPER: preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press cut to about 7? x 11? or so
Rags for blotting the brushes, water containers (I use two, one for clean water, the other to rinse and get dirty), a hair dryer
Download a comprehensive list and description of recommended supplies and materials here – https://watercolormethods.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Watercolor-Painting-Materials-and-Supplies.pdf
VALUE AND VALUE SCALE
It can be difficult to get really dark areas in watercolor. One of the best ways to make sure you do is with a value scale. You may already have one of those commercial value scales that are often included with color wheels. It’s easy to create an abbreviated, five-step scale that will work just fine.
Click here for a short video on how to create a five step value scale – https://watercolormethods.com/2018/10/creating-a-five-step-value-scale/.
Transfer to your watercolor paper. Either copy the layout freehand or trace onto your paper. You can use any window as a light box – this short video shows you how: https://watercolormethods.com/2018/10/tracing-your-composition-onto-watercolor-paper/
Suggested Materials: I recommend a basic set of watercolor materials for this class. Download from my website using the link below.
Online Meeting Info
Watercolor Studio Meets Online Via Zoom. Each week’s class will be announced by email.
Your Fee payment is your RSVP. Once you have RSVP’d, I’ll forward the Zoom meeting information for the week.