Paint a Greek Landscape| 1 Point Perspective in Watercolor | Shadows and White Walls | Maria Giulia Escard | Skillshare

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Paint a Greek Landscape| 1 Point Perspective in Watercolor | Shadows and White Walls

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Pencil Sketch

    • 4. Wet on wet technique Painting the Sky

    • 5. Buildings and Shadows

    • 6. Darkening the Shadows

    • 7. Yellows Greens and Browns

    • 8. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Do you like Urban Sketching? beginner or intermediate, you can enjoy this simple watercolor painting, where I will  gladly share my techniques to obtain strong shadows. 

The specialty of this painting is that unlike the normal ink and wash technique, which implies a dark ink to mark the lines, we are going to use the whiteness of the paper itself.

By dividing sections with white, we will highlight what is hit by the sunlight, reserving the darkness for the shadows

Skills covered in this class are

  • organizing the page with a simple pencil sketch
  • examining the value chart I have created, which is a simple way to understand where shadows need to be more intense
  • adding colors in layers, to obtain a differentiation in shadows
  • separation of the different sections by leaving thin white spaces, to add light to the painting 
  • painting far away grass and treetops with just two different greens


This class is suited for beginners and intermediate students. My commitment  is to explain step by step, zooming on the details, constantly paying attention to make the instructions clear. This is a paint along class where you can follow by close what I do

What you need to get started is a pencil,  watercolor paper, three brushes and a basic watercolor palette

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Maria Giulia Escard

Practicing Exploring Sharing


Hi, my name is Maria Giulia, I am based in Italy. I’ve been a creative since a child. Loved working with paper, knitting, drawing, upholstering, embroidery... I lived in different countries trying to catch the beauty of each of them, but the most enriching experience was my 8 years stay in India, in New Delhi. There I've discovered what is a constant practice of art, with an ongoing internship in ceramics and pottery in a wonderful studio, with an engaging teacher.

From there, I discovered painting.

Watercolor is magic. It has its own soul and behavior, a master of resilience and adjustment. Accidents and mistakes become the chance for new discoveries.

It has become a meditative daily practice. I mostly post on my Instagram profile... Check it out if ... See full profile

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3. Pencil Sketch: I'm going to start by finding the center of the page, tracing a horizontal line and the vertical line to find where to start. Drawing the door. The church I've imagined has a three levels entrance. So we start by tracing the small door and then the first arch and the second big arch. Now we can draw the facade of the church and the bell tower. A small window. Oh, there's a chapel on the side of the church. it's a small chapel and it's a bit hidden from the main church. So we are drawing it partially. On the right side, we can see another building. I think a monastery, with a tower on its side. I'm marking two points next to the door that will serve me later. And now I'm drawing the pillars that stand close to me. Now I'm drawing the stairway. It's very steep at the beginning and enlarges towards me. For the moment, just two lines. We will draw steps. In a second moment. The sidewalls of the stairway. Paying attention to the perspective. These walls are divided in three sections. For the symmetry of the opposite wall. I'm using a ruler. I don't like the proportions. I am erasing it. Here there's a hill, with a little building on Its top. I'd like to draw this door sooner. These will add more deepness to the entrance of the church. Now I'm drawing the stapes. Defense you sketch is done. Now, I see your son for the first wash of this guy. 4. Wet on wet technique Painting the Sky: I am going to spray water on I'm spraying water on the top part of my paper. Quite a good amount and then with very clean brush. I'm going to spread this water, helping me with the light through. Just to reach close to all these buildings, not touching them. The square brush can help you reaching the corner. Here I have done a mistake, so I'm just taking some clean paper and drying it. And I will be careful in this. Here I can see there is a sort of puddle so that I have to dry. So I dry my brush with the towel and absorb the excess water. Then now we can go with the blue. It takes water. And I start giving this blue. I can lift it and help me with gravity. With the sky. Important is also not to overdo it. So not go on the color I have already given. I am degrading. Now. I can take my detail brush and that help me with the small corners. The sky is done. I see you in next lesson for the buildings.