Advanced Watercolor Techniques With Spring Flowers
Spring Flowers Step by Step
If you love detail, you'll learn a lot in this video - backgrounds, birds, flowers, leaves - it's all here.
Spring is a busy time and this lesson will keep you busy, too! For advanced painters - learn how to mix a limited palette of colors (in the palette or on your paper) for beautiful results. Painting time to finish - fast painters three hours - the rest of us, even longer.
Included in this lesson:
- Introduction text with tips
- 2 video demonstrations of approx. 30 minutes with explanation dialogue.
- downloadable written step by step instructions
- downloadable reference photo, extra reference photos and outline page
This lesson has a lot of detail. I, personally love a detail painting. I look forward to taking a break out of my busy day to spend an hour working on the painting until it's done. That way I don't feel rushed or overwhelmed. I recommend students take their time, too. And if it's just too much, you can always paint only the top half of the painting - it also makes a beautiful composition.
Materials needed -
- Paper - good quality paper is recommended (I use Arches 140 lb. cold pressed)
- Brushes - round watercolor brushes (in sizes you're comfortable with for the area you're painting), a soft wash brush for the sky/background area
- Paint -
- Blue - Cobalt (light) and Pthalo (dark)
- Red - Quinacridone red or magenta or any 'pinky' red
- Yellow - Lemon or Hansa or a light bright yellow
- Brown - Burnt Sienna
Start with the background, then tulips, then bird.
Continue with the pansies and the watering can.
And then finish the bottom. I think the yellow flowers from one of the photos would look better in the middle, with pink ones on the left, (but I'm not up to painting it again.) There are several reference photos available so you can arrange your composition the way you like best.
I'm a self taught artist and I love teaching!
My story is simple.
I showed a lot of interest and talent as a child, but my parents discouraged art as a waste of time. I spent my adult life as a nurse and raised a family - pretty busy. While I was home with the birth of my daughter, I bought a cheap set of watercolors and fell in love with the bloom of color. I told my husband, 'I'm going to keep painting with these until I get really good.'
Back then, not many painted realistic watercolors, so I practiced and tried things until I worked out my own style. It took a lot of trial and error,
. When I entered my first art show, I won two awards and was told I'd have to enter the professional category and not beginner. That frightened me soo much, I didn't enter again for years.
When my work began selling, I entered more shows with more great success. I worked very hard and became a full time professional artist and teacher.
Although my work has been recognized and featured in major exhibitions, books and magazines, I'm very down to earth, and just love painting.
No one has 'all the time in the world'. Paint now. You're never too old, it's never too late. Any bit of time you can practice will improve your skills.
And yes, this cowboy is a watercolor painting. (Reference photo used with permission by Diana Robinson)
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