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Easy Watercolor Landscape: Painting A Vineyard In Napa Valley

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Paint through fields of wine in this watercolor landscape tutorial featuring a vineyard in Napa Valley, California. While it seems intimidating, award-winning painter William “Bill” Dunn takes you through step-by-step, making this easier than it looks. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Watercolor Landscape Class:

  • Reference picture of a Napa Valley vineyard (click here for Bill’s picture)
  • A block of Fabriano rough watercolor paper (140lb, size 12″ x 18″)
  • Pentel Graphgear 1000 automatic drafting pencil, 0.7mm lead size with HB or B lead
  • Kneaded eraser
  • ½” Artist’s tape
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • Auxiliary plate or palette for gouache paint
  • A container of water
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • Spray bottle with clean water
  • Book or box to prop painting on
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (original)

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Lemon Yellow
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Cadmium Red Purple
  • Cobalt Violet Light (a.k.a. “Lavender”)
  • Olive Green
  • Sap Green
  • Viridian
  • Leaf Green
  • Peacock Blue
  • Indigo
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ivory Black

Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolors

  • Permanent Carmine
  • Permanent Mauve
  • Perylene Violet
  • French Ultramarine

Winsor & Newton’s Designers’ Gouache

  • Permanent White

Brushes

  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 6)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 8)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 10)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 12)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 20)
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Brush Series 111: Round brush (size 1)