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Classic Australian Bush Landscape: Watercolour Essentials

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Classic Australian Bush Landscape: Watercolour Essentials

Watercolour Mentor with Darren Yeo
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Hello and welcome. In this class, we'll be painting a classic Australian bush landscape using a variety of wet-in-wet techniques and wet-in-dry techniques. Creating and combining soft and sharp shapes can be tricky when you're learning watercolours. Painting wet-in-wet is often associated with a loss of control. Without an understanding of timing, you can create a mess!

But don’t worry, I'm going to show you the importance of timing when painting wet-in-wet. I'll show you how to gain control, and layer effectively to create soft and atmospheric scenes. It's easier than you think! Wet-in-wet techniques brings out the natural strengths of watercolour, and is essential for your watercolour journey. Creating fine, sharp details are just as crucial when painting trees, rocks and grass, as it creates contrast and interest. But understanding when to add them in is crucial.

Before we start with the painting, I'll show you how to simplify shapes and sketch in large shapes such as sky, water, reflections, trees, grass and land. Getting those large components in accurately beforehand is essential for your painting to make sense.

In this class you'll learn:

-How to create beautiful paintings of any natural landscape in watercolour

-How to sketch and plan your natural landscape painting in pencil before you start painting

-How and when to use wet-in-wet watercolour techniques to paint clouds, skies, grass, water, reflections

-How to paint basic trees and rocks with minimal effort and brushstrokes

-How to add people into your landscape in a natural and simple way

-How to layer effectively to add extra details

-How to combine layers to create depth naturally

-How to paint simple shadows and identify or choose a light source in your painting

So join me in this class! I'm looking forward to showing you the secrets of natural landscape painting.

Assignment:   Your class project is to draw and paint your own natural watercolour landscape! This can be a scene featured in this class, or based on one of your own photographs or scenes you have observed outside.   You can also refer to the scanned drawing/painting templates attached below which will allow you to trace the drawing if you choose to do so. I recommend drawing each scene free hand. Drawing is an important step in improving your painting skills. This provides you with an opportunity to compose and plan your painting. Once you've finished the drawing, use the watercolor steps and processes included in the class demonstrations to complete your painting.   Materials:   Use any watercolour paints, pencil watercolour paper, and brushes you have available. I recommend:   0.5mm mechanical pencil

Artist grade watercolour paints - blue, yellow and red

100% cotton watercolour paper or sketchbook Watercolour Brushes - mop brush and a variety of round brushes for detailing.   Getting Started:   Review the class demonstration videos first. You can also download the tracing templates to transfer over your drawing if you wish.   Looking to sketch and paint another scene? Research some free reference photo websites, pick one of your own reference photos, or simply find a outdoor location where you can sit and paint. Using the steps and processes included in this class, create your own unique painting.   Sharing Your Work:   Share your final paintings and progress shots with the class by uploading to If you have any questions or need more tips, please let me know. I'm happy to help.

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