The Watercolor Workshop: Woodland Landscape - Part 1

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Lesson Description

Landscape painting with watercolor. A look at using warm and cool hues and value contrast to create the illusion of space and light in a landscape painting. Part 1.

Lesson Materials

140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, "HB" pencil, watercolor paints (Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Alizarin Crimson, and Gamboge Hue), nylon brush, mixing palette. *Cotman tube watercolor paints are used.

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  1. Matt, I think that something is wrong with the video. It keeps stopping when I am trying to watch it. I really would like to view it in full Any suggestions, and yes I do have high speed internet. This is the only one that is impossible to watch.

  2. I had the same problem at first, but I stopped the video and let it completely download first. Then, I watched it without any interruptions in the video.

  3. How much do you clean your brush between applications of colour. Do you clean it thoroughly before mixing different hues, or do you leave color on the brush while you mix in new colour?

  4. Thanks for your work. I have “gone to art school” with your videos. Am following drawing, at first with the free offerings (thank-you, thank-you- thank-you) and have now jumped in as a member, working on your drawing courses. At the same time I had been puttering with watercolor and am following this course. You have kept me very busy.

    Q: I began with a travel set of winsor-newton pads as I am often on a sailboat. I am at the point where I will need to replenish these. I am slow to mix and inconsistent, so am considering tubes, though they may be less convenient to me. Do you have a segment which deals with comparisons of pads vs tubes? Are pads just for beginners?

    • Thanks Margaret,

      Sorry this is a late response. No, pads are not just for beginners. I do compare the tubes and pads briefly in The Watercolor Workshop course. The tubes are going to give you richer color without a lot of water, while the cakes or pans will require a good bit of water to bring them to life. Remember, when the tube paints dry on a palette, they simply become pan watercolors.

  5. I painted the pears, not perfect but looked ok to me. I really enjoyed it not worrying and being uptight, just enjoyed it and the result – best I’ve done so far. Thank you.

  6. Nice lesson but the path is made up of invasive Japanese Knotgrass. I have spent a lot of time trying to eliminate it from my land.

  7. So fun to see the picture come together as each day progresses.
    Doing a step or two each day.. 2/3rds thru the first landscape video,
    really enjoying misting the colors.

    Got some fancy water colors that come in little tubes.
    Thinking I already started this painting with
    my 4 yr old granddaughter’s pellet style water color set.
    Don’t want to change the hues and such
    of the watercolor material mid painting!
    So having to wait with the new set.
    So much excitement going on here,
    thanks for your excellent instructions.

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