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Turning A Famous Painting Into A Watercolor Study

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Study Monet’s masterpiece in this tutorial that turns a famous painting into a personal watercolor painting experiment. Here, award-winning artist William “Bill” Dunn shows how to analyze and paint the work that sparked Impressionism. Want to watch the video version? This tutorial is also available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Watercolor Class:

  • Reference picture of Claude Monet’s Impression, Sunrise
  • A block of Fluid 100 cold 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
  • A container of water
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • A tabletop easel or a box to prop your painting on
  • A spray bottle with clean water

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Cadmium Red Purple
  • Cobalt Violet Light (a.k.a. “Lavender”)
  • Mineral Violet (a.k.a. “Deep purple”)
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Payne’s Gray
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ivory Black
  • Chinese White

Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolors

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

Brushes

  • 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 Artists’ Watercolor Sable Brush: Round brush (no. 4)
  • Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II Series 303: Short handle lettering/rigger brush (no. 1)