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Impressionist watercolor landscape painting

teacher avatar Paul O'Neill

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4 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Technique

    • 3. First layer

    • 4. Second layer

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With a tutorial like this what is your goal? Do you want to reproduce my painting style? Or would you rather use my style as a stepping stone that takes you closer to developing your own style? I think the goal is to arrive at your own style. You are not me and I am not you. If my painting style and this tutorial inspires you to take another step or two on your own art path then I’m happy. Don’t fixate on what colors you ‘should’ be using instead experiment and develop as an artist. A quote from Monet: “Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.”

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Paul O'Neill


Hello, I'm Paul. I am an artist, cartoonist, teacher and data analyst. I live in Ireland but I've also lived in Japan for a significant portion of my adult life.

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1. Introduction: I welcome this class on Impressionist watercolor landscape painting my naps, Pope, the classes, beginner level class. We'll be mostly focusing on the demonstration of how to turn pencil sketch on the left and to the final painting on the right. Okay, so in terms of the equipment that you need for the class, well, obviously you need some water color paint. Um, personally, I use a brand called Sin Elia French company on I prefer by the pent in true form rather than pants. Um, you'll also need see brushes. I use just two types of brush. I use a hick brush just flat, usually made from goat hair, but a one inch wide head on the brush. But I use this just for applying water to the paper, initially just dumping the paper. And all of the painting itself has done with a mop brush, which is in this case, I use quite a small brush because the paper I'm using is about a four size paper. I'm by 12 inches less than 12 inches height, unless and with. So the paper isn't very big, so I don't need a very big brush. Other things that you'll need I'll see some paper. So this the paper that I often use. Sometimes I also use the same brand. But in the cool pressed version, Um, the watercolor paper comes in a couple of different varieties, so you have cool, pressed or rough, which just has a rough textured surface. And then you can also have hot, pressed or smooth rituals have smoother service for loose, impressionistic, so landscape painting. I prepare cold pressed or rough surface, okay, and one other thing that I use is some sort of pallet wide uses plastic tray that has lots of indentations because I'm using the paint and troops. How squeeze a little bit of the pan tied that then makes it on the flat area in the middle of the palate. So then, for the class project you can reproduce, depending that I have done, or you can create your own impressionistic watercolor landscape. 2. Technique: Okay, so this is the finished painting. But before we're going to look at the demonstration of high got to this Just a few things I wanted to point out. First vote you'll see appear in the top left on along the edge of this tree. There's a kind of grayish blue, uh, Stan on the paper. This is the first layer that's put time. So what are colors? Often put dining layers? Um, traditionally, people would have brighter layers first and then darker layers on top of it. And that's because water color, especially once it's been diluted with water, is quite transparent. So you can't put lighter colors on top of darker colors. By the way I work with watercolor is different. It's not traditional. Many traditional watercolors might have done on the way I work with watercolor, but it works for me, and I like the results. And that's one of the main things about painting. If you like the results that you're getting, that's fine. It doesn't matter what other people say you should or shouldn't. So, as I said, this bluish gray is the first layer that has to go, died and then dry completely And then I put some green on some darker greens on top of that , and then this middle section in front of the tree. Can we zoom in? You see, there's thes little dabs off color. This is pure color straight from the tube. This is one of the reasons why, but this is the band reason why I use shoes of pent watercolor bend rather than using pans . It means I can just but a little bit of the squeeze a little bit of the paint out onto the pallet and just use that without any water. And then just put these small lists, brushstrokes and dabs pent. And then when you zoom out, these could be read has leaves on the tree, um, flowers, blades of grass, etcetera. The grass itself and you looked on in tow. The bottom end of the front, the foreground of painting again. Zuman. So don, here you'll see these dry brush strokes. So this is where there's a little bit of water on the brush, but not very much. So you're getting these dry brush strokes. This creates on illusion or a suggestion off, Um, blades of grass over here again, we have the dabs of pure color of bright green on top of darker greens, and it gives an impression off three dimensionality when your paintings. Another thing to notice is the patches of green. They're not uniform. There's different grains in here under their patchy, the regular and ship, because war were drawing here is a landscape of field. It's not a manicured garden or long, so you want to avoid symmetry on perfection. Everything has to be a bit rough, a bit irregular. It's more natural that way. It's also more interesting to look at. If this was just a flat green, it just wouldn't look very interesting or very natural. Sometimes putting a bright colors again and little dabs in front of darker colors helps thes the standard, and it gives an impression of depth or three D to your painting again. A traditional watercolor. You can't actually do that because they water down the water colors. Then you can't put a lighter on top of darker colors. 3. First layer: I'm just applying water onto the paper before I put any paint on over. - Okay , so that's the first layer I'm put down. Know how to leave that to dry completely before they could put any more layers on top. 4. Second layer: if you