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Famous Painting Study #7: Recreating A Surrealist Painting With Watercolor Washes

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Famous painting number 7 will be an exciting one for watercolor wash enthusiasts! Join artist William “Bill” Dunn as he uses this basic technique to bring to life a thought-provoking surrealist painting: René Magritte’s Clear Ideas. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Watercolor Study:

  • Reference picture of Magritte’s Clear Ideas
  • A block of Hahnemühle’s Cornwall cold press watercolor paper (210lb, size 9.4″ x 12.6″)
  • Pentel Graphgear 1000 automatic drafting pencil, 0.7mm lead size with 2B lead
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • 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
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Auxiliary plate or palette for gouache paint

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Brilliant Pink
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ivory Black
  • Ultramarine Deep
  • Cadmium Red Deep
  • Royal Blue
  • Indigo
  • Leaf Green
  • Bright Violet

Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolors

  • Chromium Green Oxide

Holbein Artists’ Gouache

  • Permanent White

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)
  • Princeton Snap! SH Gold Taklon Round brush (no. 4)
  • Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II Series 303: Short handle lettering/rigger brush (no. 1)