The Watercolor Workshop: Woodland Landscape - Part 2

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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 2.

Lesson Materials

140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, sandpaper, nylon eraser, 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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Lesson Discussion

  1. I love landscape painting and you have addressed one of the more challenging techniques; namely, how to infuse light starting with the initial warm wash. This set the tone for the lighter values, which in my experience are fragile and therefore more easily lost, and allowed exploration of darks as the work developed. This demonstration was most enjoyable.

  2. I love this painting and under your instruction I was able to come up with a decent painting. But I used Daniel Smith New Gamboge instead of Gamboge Hue, and Cadmium Yellow instead of Cadmium Yellow Hue, because those were the colors I already had. The Gamboge was not the pure pigment but a blend. In any case, I couldn’t come up with mixes that looked like yours, couldn’t get a decent gray, and finally added a touch of Cadmium Red, which helped. You also had a gold color which I couldn’t mix. I noticed the colors in the video were more grayed than the colors in the finished painting.

    I want to try it with different colors. Do you have a recommendation? If not, which brands of Gamboge Hue and Cad Yellow Hue will give the same results as yours?

  3. Really nice to see things start to come together in the process.. excellent work! Much appreciated. Learning some solid basics through your series. Nice little positive impact on the world you’ve found!

  4. Thank you very much for your great lessons . I was scared to try this – it seemed quite complicated but I found some ‘ confidence’, followed your instructions and ended up with a painting that is probably a lot better than any others I have done. I’ve found that doing your drawing classes has really helped me when attempting watercolour. I don’t get bogged down with the drawing anymore. Thanks again.

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