Watercolor Landscapes from Photographic References

Watercolor is a very versatile medium, suitable to create quick and lively small sketches of landscapes, or landscapes in paintings of various sizes rendered in very expressive and evocative style or more detailed and elaborate works.

In this 6-online sessions watercolor course, you will learn to create original watercolor landscapes from photographic references, creating small sketches to study possible compositions, the color palette to use, and the methods of execution.

These studies will lead to a detailed drawing of the final composition that will be then transferred on a piece of watercolor paper for the final painting.

In this course, you will learn how to organize the creation of a photo informed painting from photographic references that can be used as inspiration and adapted to your vision or copying the photo references very accurately. We will also practice creating watercolors paintings merging various photographic sources, such as joining two references side by side to create a panoramic view.

Color mixing, color dilution, color theory, washes, blending colors, textural effects, intuitive perspective, are also some of the things that you will learn and practice in the 3 hour, weekly sessions of this course, fundamental for artists interested in watercolor landscape painting.

One of the goals of this course, is also to create a few paintings that you can frame and show off. Or,may be, enter in art shows!

Materials list

  • Paint: cadmium red medium, alizarine crimson, cadmium yellow lemon, cadmium yellow medium, earth red, (Indian red, Venetian red or burnt Sienna) yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, ultramarine violet, black, burnt umber, sepia, cobalt blue, cobalt violet, sap green, Hooker’s green, and any other colors you might already have
  • Paper: a pad (12” by 16” or so of cold press paper.
  • Brushes: #2 and #8 or 10, round. You can use synthetic or natural sables (Kolinsky or red sable), a flat, synthetic brush, about ¾ “will do.

Availability of Courses' Recordings

As part of the services offered by the New Renaissance Atelier, you will have access to the recordings of the video sessions of all the courses you purchased for one year.
You will find the links to the videos in your Personal Video Library that has been set up specifically for you. Please keep this Video library link on your desktop or in your browser for easy access.

In case You missed a course You are interested in, You can purchase the recording of the video sessions, by clicking on the menu above

roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.
Watercolor landscapes from photographic references
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