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A Watercolor Wharf: Fixing The Marshall Boatyard

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If you’re stuck on what to paint, why not try this tutorial featuring a watercolor wharf in Marshall, California? Award-winning artist William “Bill” Dunn shows how to tweak a photo’s composition, and which colors to use to make a painting look better. 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 a wharf in Marshall, California (click here for Bill’s picture)
  • A block of Arches rough watercolor paper (140lb, size 10″ x 14″)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 10″ Hyde curved spring aluminum paint shield (or any paint shield)

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Brilliant Orange
  • Pyrrole Red
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Cobalt Violet Light
  • Mineral Violet
  • Leaf Green
  • Olive Green
  • Cobalt Green
  • Viridian
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Indigo
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ivory Black

Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolors

  • Chromium Green Oxide
  • Carmine
  • Carbazole Violet

Holbein Artists’ Gouache

  • Permanent White

Brushes

  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 12)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 20)
  • 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. 12)
  • Silver Brush Black Velvet Series 3008: Square wash brush (size ½”)
  • Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Brush Series 111: Round brush (no. 2)
  • Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Brush Series 333: Rigger brush (no. 1)
  • Winsor & Newton’s Series 7 Kolinsky Sable: Round brush (no. 1)
  • Dynasty Faux Squirrel Brush Series 1827RI: Aux reservoir liner brush (size 8)
  • An old toothbrush