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City Painting Ideas: How To Paint A Busy City Landscape

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Get inspired by painting ideas from an award-winning painter, William “Bill” Dunn, as he demonstrates city painting featuring the crowded streets of Chinatown. This city landscape is perfect for those who want to paint something a little more challenging while still applying all the usual watercolor techniques. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This City Landscape Watercolor Class:

  • Reference picture of Clay Street, Chinatown (click here for Bill’s picture)
  • A sheet of Arches cold press watercolor paper (140lb, size 12″ x 16″)
  • Lamy pencil with 3.2mm HB or 2B lead (slightly sharpened)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • ½” Artist’s tape
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • Auxiliary plate or palette for gouache paint
  • A container of water
  • A towel or rag
  • Tissue or paper towels
  • Spray bottle with clean water
  • Tilted wooden board

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Permanent Yellow Lemon
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Cadmium Red Purple
  • Cobalt Violet Light (or Lavender)
  • Olive Green
  • Sap Green
  • Viridian
  • Cobalt Green (or Turquoise)
  • Permanent Green #1
  • Peacock Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Indigo
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Payne’s Gray
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ivory Black

Winsor & Newton’s Designers’ Gouache

  • Zinc White

Brushes

  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 6)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 8)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 12)
  • Winsor & Newton Series 7: Kolinsky Sable round brush (size 1)
  • Princeton Artist Brush Co.: Flat brush (¼”)