The Watercolor Workshop: Cityscape - Part 2

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Lesson Description

A look at simplifying a complex scene in order to create harmony and unity in a watercolor landscape painting. Part 2. In this lesson, we complete the painting by layering watercolor washes.

Lesson Materials

140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, watercolor paints (Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Burnt Umber, and Gamboge Hue), gouache paints (White, Medium Yellow), paper towel, nylon brush, mixing palette. *Cotman tube watercolor paints are used.

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  1. Thanks Matt. You are giving me confidence to pick up my paintbrush – after many years away, I am suffering a crisis of confidence. I cant tell from the video whether you are working on a table, an angled board or an easel?
    I love the loose way of working – just one thing – are we not missing a shadow of the chimney?

  2. Why was there no shadow cast from the smoke stack? If the tree on the same side of the street had a shadow cast into the foreground as did the vehicles why would it not have had any shadow and since the light source would have been behind the scene then the right side of the smoke stack would have had basically the same value as the left.

    • Hi Robert,

      Thanks for your comments. Actually, all of the buildings and the smoke stack are casting a shadow in the grassy area in the extreme foreground (lower right). The shadow that I included in the painting is not very strong however. I probably could have pushed the values a bit darker in this location, but it may also pull focus away from other locations in the painting if I went too dark there. But, it could have been at least a little bit darker – I agree.

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