Techniques for Copying A Famous Sargent Watercolor Painting

William Dunn will take you through the process of recreating John Singer Sargent's famous watercolor painting, "The Bridge at Rialto". This painting is somewhat challenging to recreate but William assures us that it is going to be a lot of fun to paint together... he will guide you through each step. William will guide you through the process of planning, drawing and finally painting this masterpiece. Unlike oil or acrylic paintings, a watercolor requires more planning in advance. William will walk you through each aspect of the painting, from the gondola with its gondolier and passengers to the dark underside of the bridge. This painting is Impressionistic, so you will learn to create an impression rather than focusing on realism. You will learn how to depict shadows, lights, and darks, and the techniques needed to create the essence of the painting. The aim of this tutorial is not to replicate John Singer Sargent's painting exactly but to learn from the process.
Preview Of Class On Copying A Famous Sargent Painting: Learn how to paint Sargent’s Under the Rialto Bridge Learn how to use asymmetry to make your composition visually interesting Use soft and hard edges to create texture Paint interesting shadows Learn how to apply a graded wash Learn how to use value to add drama to a painting Learn how to balance warm and cool colors Learn how to use the wet-in-wet technique to create different values Learn how to use the dry brush technique to create textured strokes Learn how to create depth in water Paints: Holbein Artists’ Watercolors Raw Sienna Cadmium Yellow Lemon Burnt Sienna Jaune Brilliant No. 1 Indigo Neutral Tint Pyrrole Red Gamboge Nova Cerulean Blue Permanent Alizarin Crimson Turquoise Blue Quinacridone Gold Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolors Cobalt Blue Hue Carbazole Violet Chromium Green Oxide Holbein Artists' Gouache Permanent White Watercolor Paper:   Hahnemühle’s Cornwall cold press watercolor paper (210lb, size 9.4″ x 12.6″) Brushes: Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 20) Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 12) Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 8) Winsor & Newton’s Series 7 Kolinsky Sable: Round brush (no. 2) Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II Series...

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William Dunn
William Dunn


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