The Watercolor Workshop Still Life Sketch Conclusion

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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.


Description: The conclusion of the watercolor sketch that was started in the last module. Colors are layered and intensified to create a loose sketch that implies the form of the objects.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, 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 Still Life Sketch Conclusion — 8 Comments

  1. This layering of color is crazy fun!! Working with water is such a challenge, though. After working with mostly pen/ink and graphite, it feels so Out Of Control! Thanks for developing this course, Matt. It’s just what I needed!

  2. Really fun working with the water colors. I would have been happy before pushing all the colors. So glad you are there for guidance!

  3. Oh my goodness. I felt almost fearful the more colour you added. It was good to see and feel your confidence to keep going and to make decisions on stronger colours. I only hope I can learn to be brave and give it more. 🙂

  4. I had a great time with this still life painting. I wanted to upload a photo of the finished pears but my photos are in jpeg format and this is not supported? I know jpg is the same thing but for some reason I can’t up load pictures. It was fun painting it though.

  5. Good info. Looking forward to doing the landscape course. Wanted to learn watercolor for awhile, mostly to use as underpaintings for my pastels, but I’m slowly getting hooked on watercolor~!~ The colors are awesome!

  6. I’ve never tried layering color on color on color. The overall result was just OK until you added the dark darks at the end, and the Cadmium Yellow/yellow ochre over glaze. The pears really popped. I love it and so does my husband.

  7. I really enjoyed this module. It gave me a lot experience understanding how much water and paint to use. I tended to over work mine a bit, but definitely am anxious to go on with the next module. Excellent course as usual. You are an amazing teacher! Thanks!

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