Classic Seascape From Start To Finish

Are you ready to take your seascape paintings to the next level? Steve Curl, is an award-winning watercolorist based in Palo Alto, California. He loves painting ocean landscapes and his location provides him with plenty of scenery to practice. This painting tutorial uses a photograph of the lighthouse at Pigeon Point on the San Mateo coast as a reference. Steve starts by reframing the image using angle bends, which he cuts from a piece of paper or board, to remove excessive foreground rocks and focus on the lighthouse. Steve does a basic compositional sketch to determine the values in the painting, which are the relative lightness or darkness of the different elements. He breaks the painting down into basic shapes, such as the ocean, clouds, rocks, and the lighthouse, and decides the values in the sketch to create the structure of the painting. This video offers a great insight into the process of creating a landscape painting and highlights the importance of composition and values.
Watch all 5 parts to see the whole creation process step by step.    Watercolor Class Preview: How to think through all the decisions required to paint a complete seascape How to prepare by drawing a thumbnail sketch to assess values How to establish your game plan for navigating all phases of a painting Techniques for painting fluffy clouds Tips for "painting white" using negative painting techniques How to paint water and reflections on water How to paint rocky textures How to paint a lighthouse How to paint houses When to finish a painting Paints On The Palette (Holbein Artists' Watercolors): French Ultramarine Blue Cerulean Blue Manganese Blue Cobalt Turquoise Alizarin Crimson Winsor Orange Payne's Grey Burnt Sienna Yellow Ochre Cadmium Scarlet Sap Green Hooker's Green Lemon Yellow Vandyke Brown Sepia Winsor Violet (Dioxazine Purple) Perylene Violet Paper: Arches 140-pound coldpress watercolor paper, 16" x 12" Brushes: Mop brush (1" flat) Sable brush (size 14, round) Synthetic brush (size 6, round) Synthetic brush (size 4, round) Synthetic brush (size 2, round) Synthetic brush (size 1, round) Cotman synthetic brush (size 2, round) Miscellaneous: Scrap paper or a sketchbook Two L-shaped "angle bands" made from paper or cardboard (as a viewfinder) Masking tape (width 1") HB pencil Kneaded eraser Painting...

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Steve Curl
Steve Curl

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