The Watercolor Workshop Composition Still Life

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“The Watercolor Workshop” is a video course on watercolor painting designed for beginner and intermediate artists. The goal of this course is to provide the learner with a rich learning experience through "easy to digest" modules consisting of video demonstrations and accompanying ebooks.

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Description: An look at several compositional strategies including repetition, balance, color relationships, focal points, using odd numbers, and the "mirror test". A loose watercolor still life sketch is started in this module.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, HB graphite pencil, Kneaded eraser, watercolor paints (Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Umber), nylon brush, mixing palette. *Cotman tube watercolor paints are used.

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The Watercolor Workshop Composition Still Life — 9 Comments

  1. HOW DO YOU DO THAT??? If I try to use so many wet colours I end up with mud!
    Guess I just keep trying til I get the magic!
    Again, great teaching Matt
    Barbara

  2. Thank you so much for your course I find your way of teaching really good.
    My question is can you use Atelier Interactive paints as watercolour in this way? I would love to try the watercolour techniques but did not want to buy more paint in case I don’t like it. Also I have a pad of 100lb water colour paper which I haven’t used yet will it work ok with this?

    Many thanks Toni

    • Hi Toni,

      Unfortunately, I don’t have any experience with the Atelier paints so I can’t offer a suggestion there, but I would suggest using a heavy watercolor paper. 100 lb. paper will likely buckle. I would stick with at least 140 lb. to avoid much buckling.

  3. Hi Matt,

    Great video – I learned a lot.

    Once you wet your brush and select the colors for the inside of the palette, do you ever add more
    clear water to the brush? In the video you don’t mention this and I am a bit curious. The brush
    seems to get “clean” on occasion but I am not sure how?

    Thanks,

    Rocky

  4. I am wondering if a person could sketch out their still life with watercolour pencil versus using graphite. In my mind, this would eliminate the graphite lines. What is your opinion on this?

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