Learn Watercolor Silhouettes with Sunrise Landscape

Silhouettes are easy and beautiful.

Watercolor silhouettes are one of the easiest ways to get a recognizable subject and beautiful colors. Whether you want a landscape, wildlife or your grand kids, just trace the outline and follow the steps for a beautiful silhouette. (The image below is the second demonstration in the video.)

In this lesson, I show the same scene, done two ways.

This is the original photo we start with.
In the first demo, you'll see common red, yellow and blue colors mixed to paint a silhouette in layers of color. I added a big tree to the foreground and kept it more yellow. The results were okay.
In the second part demo (pictured above), I used purple, orange and yellow to paint the landscape, and added an elk. For that one I used a newer brand of paint - Qor. Mixing and painting was a lot easier.
In the video, I masked the outline of the elk and it worked well, but you could just paint the elk on top without the masking.
Or paint yourself and your spouse against a beautiful vacation sunset, for that special spot in your house.
Silhouettes are easy, if you know the steps.

Your Instructor

Deb Watson
Deb Watson

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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Course Curriculum

  How to Paint Silhouettes in Watercolor
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