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Introduction to Plein Air Painting

Introduction to Plein Air Painting

Plein air painting (also called “en Plein air”) is the act of painting from life outdoors without the confinement or comforts of studio walls. “Plein air” literally translates to “open-air” in French, and it’s a practice that was made popular in the 19th century by Impressionists, including Monet and Renoir. The first Plein air painters were interested in capturing nature’s most ephemeral phenomena, like the quickly shifting colours of a sunset or light dancing on a body of water. Whereas studio painting is often concerned with achieving a predetermined look, Plein air painting is more about creating a loose impression...

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How to Use Colour Contrast to Paint Exciting Watercolour Urban Scenes

How to Use Colour Contrast to Paint Exciting Watercolour Urban Scenes

If I had to put a name to John Hoyle’s painting style, it would be “wild watercolour”! In this FREE demo, artist and designer John shows us the rules of watercolour then how to break most of them in a whimsical, exciting way. Hold on to the seat of your pants – this one requires some fast finesse! Step 1: Water First John spends quite a bit of time in London, which has fuelled his love for both the post-industrial and old architectural areas. His art reflects that love as a playful contrast between the traditional and a style that breaks those...

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How to Paint Rainy Urban Scenes using Watercolour in 10 Steps

How to Paint Rainy Urban Scenes using Watercolour in 10 Steps

One of the most breathtaking sights in the city is when the clouds break after a rainy day just in time for a golden sunset. Irena Spector knows just how to capture the fleeting beauty of those moments in watercolour, and luckily she shared her process with us in a FREE Demo! Follow these steps to learn her secrets to painting an urban sunset after the rain, complete with car taillights reflecting in the puddles! Step 1: “Ruin” the page The most psychologically difficult part of any new watercolour piece is simply starting, especially when it comes to the first page...

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The Easiest Watercolour Flowers for Beginners

The Easiest Watercolour Flowers for Beginners

There are times when you just don’t have any, or you need a quick exercise to warm up your “art muscles”. Or maybe you want to try painting some flowers, but don’t know where or how to start. If so, this tutorial will fulfil all those needs! I’ll show you some basic strokes and flower shapes that you can use and apply to create those floral shapes, even if you don’t have a reference photo.  Roses are Red One of the most classic flowers is the rose. But the shape they have can be generalised to a broad-petalled, rounder kind...

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How to Paint Realistic Flowers in Watercolour in 7 Steps!

How to Paint Realistic Flowers in Watercolour in 7 Steps!

Kristine Rapohina is a hugely talented watercolour artist who specializes in botanical realism. She brings florals to life in the most delightful way. Watch her FREE Demo and follow these steps to study one of her masterpieces. You'll see how professional watercolourists achieve such astonishing precision and realism. I am using an Etchr hot press sketchbook and their Watercolour 24 Half Pan Set. You should use whatever you have available at home. Step 1: The Sketch Every good painting begins with a good sketch. Make sure that your proportions are correct and your graphite is soft enough to not damage your...

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5 Simple Steps to Painting a Window Sill in Watercolour

5 Simple Steps to Painting a Window Sill in Watercolour

In the world of urban sketching, “simple” doesn’t always have to mean “loose”. In this FREE demo from artist Mayad Allos, we’ll be drawing and painting a sash window using clean lines and simple washes for a neat and tidy effect.  Step 1: Pencil and Pen Sketch The original reference photo had a balcony on top, but sometimes it’s nice to strip away the surroundings and just focus on one thing. Mayad says his window is made-up anyway, though based on genuine windows he sees around the UK. First is the pencil sketch, which will act as a guide for...

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