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Famous Painting Study #6: Adding Drama to a Simple Watercolor Bridge Study

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In famous painting number 6, we’ll be breaking down and analyzing John Singer Sargent’s Under the Rialto Bridge to paint. Here, artist William “Bill” Dunn experiments with color and value to add drama to this simple watercolor bridge study. 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 Sargent’s Under the Rialto Bridge
  • 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)

  • 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

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 303: Short handle lettering/rigger brush (no. 1)