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I take you through the typical techniques that I use in my paintings. This includes watercolor washes and pastel technique. I cover the methods I use to paint seawater, shadows and how to add depth using watercolor's transparency.
Painting sea and sand.
This painting is an introduction to how I use the two mediums together. Pastels enhance and add impact with stronger darks and rich colors. Watercolor add mystery and layers of transparent color. If you achieve a nice balance the painting can turn out to be really powerful.
How to complete a warm landscape scene in watercolor and pastel.
Download the reference photos for three of the paintings in this course.
A variety of details and shapes painted in warm and cool colors.
In this demonstration I am aiming for a strong painting. This comprises: a simple composition, Strong light and dark contrast, prominent complementary color scheme of yellow/purple and blue/orange. Multiple layers of pastel over watercolor Additional watercolor glazes where required.
The painting continues with a steady build up of layers of color.
Re-establishing darks, adding texture of the wall, road and complex color layers make this a challenging painting.
In Part 1 of this painting I follow the process you would be familiar with by now. Compose around the focal point and start building up washes. The foundation of the dark shadow is all important. But remember that it is the soft distance and hard light in the foreground that make this painting work.

Do you want to add something different to your watercolor paintings? How about your journals too?

How about combining the spontaneous effects of watercolor with the zing of pastels?

In this class you will learn how to:

  • Use loose watercolor washes with confidence;
  • Work with big brushes to create big, bold shapes in watercolor;
  • To see the light and dark shapes that give paintings impact.

Then you will see how to:

  • Add powerful strokes of line and color with soft pastels;
  • Where to focus on your paintings for maximum impact and delight your viewers;
  • Avoid blending away color and instead, make your colors sing with variety and boldness.

Basic knowledge of painting is all you require to quickly take advantage of these techniques. Even beginners will learn valuable techniques for more confident brushwork, use of color and texture.

This course will be helpful to anyone with a basic knowledge of painting. Even if you have not tried watercolors before you will benefit from using the easy techniques demonstrated here.

So sit back and enjoy watching the lessons and demonstrations. Then jump into the class assignment and try out these techniques for yourself. With practice and a bold spirit, you will transform ordinary paintings into something stunning for you and your friends to enjoy.

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Requirements

Basic knowledge of painting will help, but beginners will benefit from this class too.

Materials include watercolor paper (cellulose or cotton) in A3 size.

Basic watercolors in tubes or pans. Watercolor brushes in synthetic or mops. One large and one medium brush will do.

Pastels. Basic landscape set of student quality soft pastels (not oil pastels). Kho iNoor makes a cost-effective and good quality pastel sets.

I take you through the typical techniques that I use in my paintings. This includes watercolor washes and pastel technique. I cover the methods I use to paint seawater, shadows and how to add depth using watercolor's transparency.
Painting sea and sand.
This painting is an introduction to how I use the two mediums together. Pastels enhance and add impact with stronger darks and rich colors. Watercolor add mystery and layers of transparent color. If you achieve a nice balance the painting can turn out to be really powerful.
How to complete a warm landscape scene in watercolor and pastel.
Download the reference photos for three of the paintings in this course.
A variety of details and shapes painted in warm and cool colors.
In this demonstration I am aiming for a strong painting. This comprises: a simple composition, Strong light and dark contrast, prominent complementary color scheme of yellow/purple and blue/orange. Multiple layers of pastel over watercolor Additional watercolor glazes where required.
The painting continues with a steady build up of layers of color.
Re-establishing darks, adding texture of the wall, road and complex color layers make this a challenging painting.
In Part 1 of this painting I follow the process you would be familiar with by now. Compose around the focal point and start building up washes. The foundation of the dark shadow is all important. But remember that it is the soft distance and hard light in the foreground that make this painting work.

About the instructors

Malcolm Dewey

Artist and Writer
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Fulltime artist painting in oils, acrylics and watercolor. I also teach painting to artists around the world either in workshops, but mostly through my online Art School.

I also write about the art experience and my books can be found on Amazon and other majot book stores.

My paintings are in the impressionist tradition, but today we refer to this as a painterly style. My goal is to teach as many artists as I can and to promote art as a means to well being and peace.

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