Topic: Watercolor Lesson
Warblers watercolor class lesson - 5/21/13. Continuous line drawings as warm-ups, and 'stencil' style direct painting.
For Christmas and winter, snow is here. Try these watercolor and drawing exercises for painting evergreens in snow.
Print out and practice the schematic trees in this practice sheet to get different takes on evergreens as forms in space:
Schema drawing of evergreen trees
Print out the sampler and try these three ways to practice watercolors of winter evergreens.
Sampler of watercolor styles - evergreen trees in snow
Practice negative painting a background wash around the main form or subject. Make the wash move around the picture instead of horizontally or vertically. Let it swirl as the weather patterns you see moving over our planet from the satelite pictures. Pull the puddle of wash around. Let the paint/pigment swirl in the puddle. Be spare with your mixing. Let the water do the work. Have fun watching it come out.
Background watercolor wash for negative painting evergreen tree in snow
Freehand watercolor sketch - Evergreen tree in snow
Photo of Evergreen trees in Snow, St. George, Maine, by Pat Laxton
Watercolor Lessons List - at some point I'll fill in details on this rough list. These are most of the lessons I've taught since summer.
Easter - photo of Steiff bunny and colored eggs
A Steiff Bunny and Colored Easter Eggs for Watercolor Class
Faces/portraits - grid, Chuck Close
Edward Hopper - Talbot's House
On "Talbot's House" painting by Edward Hopper
St. Patrick's Day - Irish landscapes, greens?
Circus Acrobats - papercuts, figures from triangles
Does the Circus Still Come to Town in March?
Chinese New Year - Year of the Golden Pig
Valentine's Day - bird/finch sumi-e painting
A Bird Painting Lesson for Valentine's Day -blog post
continues further: A Bird Painting Lesson for Valentine's Day
Mardi Gras masks
winter - dog sledding, alaskan huskies
Dog-Sled Mushing, Alaskan Huskies - Watercolors and Coloring Page
Last week in the watercolor class I teach we painted deer. Here is the lesson on drawing and painting deer. For reference material you can use photos of deer. A good source is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Digital Library System. We used silhouettes from a very old library book, and drawings from a favorite of mine, Ken Hultgren's The Art of Animal Drawing, a wonderful Dover Publication. At USWFS I found wonderful pen and ink drawings of deer, by Bob Hines. Have fun practicing.
This watercolor of whitetail deer I started last year when we did this lesson. I did a few more touches on it this year.
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