Watercolor Techniques For Abstract Paintings

Looking to create an interesting abstract painting? Then look no further! Join Steve Curl, an experienced watercolor painter from Palo Alto, California, as he takes you on a journey to discover the creative process of abstract painting. In this tutorial, Steve will be using his expertise in painting landscapes and seascapes to teach you how to create an abstract painting from simple forms. You'll get an exclusive opportunity to learn the process Steve learned from Mike Bailey, a renowned artist and teacher from the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. With Steve's guidance, you'll be using a hand lotion bottle, kitchen scissors, and a garlic as points of departure to create unique forms for your abstract painting. You'll explore the manipulation of shapes, sizes, and relationships to create an arresting design that catches the eye. Steve will be using watercolor brushes, paints, and a pad of tracing paper to help you experiment with forms, values, patterns of lights and darks, and textures to make your abstract painting aesthetically pleasing. The challenge of abstract painting is to self-generate everything and bring out the information from within to create a beautiful piece of art. Steve will be sharing his insights on how to use your intuition to trust yourself in this creative process. You'll also learn about the elements of design, such as shape, line, value, texture, and pattern, that make an abstract painting beautiful.
Watercolor Class Preview: How to use simple objects as subject matter for your abstract painting How to sketch thumbnails as references for shapes and proportions How to use thumbnails to play with perspective and orientation How to mix complementary colors Techniques for transforming sketches and colors into an abstract painting Paints On The Palette (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors) Opera Permanent Alizarin Crimson Permanent Violet Mineral Violet Cobalt Blue Cerulean Blue Peacock Blue Manganese Blue Nova Ultramarine Deep Prussian Blue Hooker’s Green Cadmium Green Deep Burnt Sienna Burnt Umber Indigo Payne’s Grey Sketching Paper: Parchment 100 tracing paper Watercolor Paper: Arches 140-pound coldpress watercolor paper   Brushes: Stratford & York Warwick Series: Round sable brush (size 8) Miscellaneous: Mechanical pencil with 0.5 lead for sketching and tracing Cup of water A towel or rag to rest brushes on Tissue or paper towel Initial Sketch     Final Painting         What does yours look like? Send it to us via a message on our Facebook page so we can admire your work and if we have your permission, we can also share it on the page and our website: www.facebook.com/watercolorpaintingcom

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Steve Curl
Steve Curl


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