Paint A Winter Scene In Watercolours
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Paint A Winter Scene In Watercolours

How to paint a full watercolour of a real scene from a photograph.
4.5 (23 ratings)
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Created by Eric Thompson
Last updated 2/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 5 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • This course should give you the confidence to paint watercolours without over mixing the paints and ending up with mud.
  • Just a few watercolours and 2 o3 brushes, a half sheet of watercolour paper, some masking fluid, a mixing palette, and of course some water.

In this painting course I will take you through a large watercolour (22" by 15" ) of a bridge crossing over a stream near to where our gallery is. It involves skies, distant and foreground winter trees, along with stonework painting and shadows on snow. As an extra I have provided a 15 minute demonstration of a large tree with snow covered branches, and also an extra video on how to paint stonework. Plus a  downloadable PDF file on watercolour materials.

Who this course is for:
  • This is a beginner's course on how to paint a winter landscape.
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 02:45:24
+ This is what watercolour is about, clean washes with lovely accents of colour.
1 lecture 00:57

In this watercolour course we will paint a winter scene from Bishop Auckland Castle parkland which is just a short walk from our gallery. Bishop Auckland is heading to be a major tourist attraction with The Prince Bishops Castle and gardens being restored to their past glory years. Along with Kynren and new specialist art galleries this will attract visitors from far and wide. This painting is from the park attached to the castle. You will paint this scene as I guide you along as if you were sitting in my art class. I will also show you demonstrations on painting winter trees, and stonework. You will also get this PDF brochure on watercolours.By the end of this course you will have a better understanding of watercolours and be more confident in your painting.

Preview 00:57
+ Demonstrations
4 lectures 52:30

This demonstration is from an original watecrolour by me of an old cottage on the river bank opposite the famous Durham Cathedral. Here I will show you how to paint stonework so that you can use it on the main lesson to paint stonework on the bridge, I have included a downloadable photograph of the painting for you to use.

Preview 18:45

This demonstration shows you how to paint trees in winter without having to paint in every single twig.

Painting distant winter trees.

This shows how to get a roundness to a large tree trunk.

Painting a large tree trunk

This clip shows more detail on how to create a rich dark shadow under a bridge.

Painting under a bridge arch.
+ Full lesson on painting a winter scene.
4 lectures 23:26

Starting point, using a half sheet ( 22" by 15" ) of watercolour paper we will make the initial drawing.

The Drawing of the scene with a downloadable picture from which to copy.

Before we start to paint we will use masking fluid to preserve the white paper where we want details.

Protecting your whites.

Now we need to paint in the sky and drop wet darks in to suggest distant trees.

Painting in the sky

While the sky dries we can put the first washes into the river.

Painting the river.
+ The Trees.
6 lectures 27:46

Adding the distant winter trees.

Background Trees.

Getting in closer to the distant trees.

Close up detail of the trees.

Getting a bit more detail into the far trees.

Even closer detail

Now we paint in the clump of bushes in front of the bridge.

Preview 07:23

Now we come to painting the main tree in front of the bridge.

The Main Tree

Here we add the finer branches to the tree.

Adding Branches to the tree
+ Painting The Bridge
3 lectures 11:15

Now we put the first broken washes onto the bridge.

Starting the bridge.

While we wait for the bridge to dry we can add some reflections in the stream.


Bit by bit we add stronger broken washes into the bridge.

Adding stronger washes to the bridge.
+ Adding to the scene
7 lectures 49:30

Using clean washes we can add shadows and form to the snow covered bank side.

The Snow

Now we add in the branches on the left hand side.

Stronger Branches.

Using a fine brush we can add detail to the bridge stonework.

Bridge Detail

Now we can add little details to the river banks by adding small clumps of sones and growth.

Foreground Detail

Here we finish under the bridge to get the dark shadows, I have done another demonstration of this in Lecture 5.

Detail under the bridge

This is it, remove the masking fluid and add the little accents to finish your painting.

Final Flourish.