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Easy Watercolor Horse: Painting The Secretariat

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Speed along with artist William “Bill” Dunn in this easy watercolor horse tutorial featuring the famous racehorse, the Secretariat. You will also learn quick and simple tricks to turn something that looks complicated into a fun painting experiment. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Watercolor Class:

  • Reference picture of the Secretariat in action (click here for Bill’s picture)
  • A block of Arches hot press watercolor paper (140lb, size 16″ x 12″)
  • Pentel Graphgear 1000 automatic drafting pencil, 0.7mm lead size with 2B lead
  • ¾” Artist’s or masking tape
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • Auxiliary plate or palette for gouache paint
  • 2 containers of water
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • A tabletop easel or a box to prop your painting on

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Cadmium Red Purple
  • Cobalt Violet Light (a.k.a. “Lavender”)
  • Mineral Violet
  • Viridian
  • Peacock Blue (a.k.a “Cerulean Blue”)
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Indigo
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Neutral Tint

Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolors

  • Permanent Carmine
  • Permanent Mauve (or Sennelier’s Cobalt Violet Deep Hue watercolor paint)
  • Oxide of Chromium
  • French Ultramarine

Holbein Artists’ Gouache

  • Zinc White

Brushes

  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 6)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 8)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 12)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 20)
  • Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Brush Series 333: Rigger brush (no. 3)