Painting Wild Places with Watercolors: Autumn Trees
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Painting Wild Places with Watercolors: Autumn Trees

Step-by-step instructional videos with a downloadable Color Painting Reference and full-size Traceable Drawing Guide.
4.7 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
45 students enrolled
Created by Gary Spetz
Last updated 10/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Successfully paint a bold, dynamic, detailed watercolor landscape.
  • Gain confidence in controlling the sometimes unwieldy characteristic of watercolor.
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Requirements
  • This course is designed for all skill levels, so that absolutely includes beginners -- perhaps especially beginners. Beginners are in some ways at an advantage, as they do not have pre-learned ways of painting. So beginners fear not. It is all step-by-step. I hope and believe that more advanced painters will come away with some new techiques as well.
Description

Forged from the creation of his 111 Public Television "How to Paint" episodes, Gary has perfected his popular step-by-step teaching method for watercolor . Rather than progress from an "easy" painting to a more difficult painting, Gary starts his students on "any given painting." Choose "the subject" (the painting) that you prefer, and Gary will walk you through its creation from start to finish.

It has been his experience that by breaking the watercolor painting process down into easy-to-follow steps, students can take on any of his painting compositions—thus progressing more rapidly. Gary’s proven teaching method will make you a better watercolor painter!

ALL SKILL LEVELS

In many ways, novices are at an advantage as they have not yet pre-learned any watercolor painting approaches. But more advanced painters usually benefit from Gary's many unique watercolor techniques as well.

Watercolor is considered the most versatile and challenging painting medium. It can seem, at times, to have a life of its own. Gary demonstrates how to take control of this dynamic medium by breaking it down into easy-to-follow steps.

Painting Image Size: 19" x 13" (on a 21" x 15" half sheet of watercolor paper)

This course has 43 minutes of video content AND, to help you achieve success, it includes numerous very helpful “Downloadable / Printable” Reference Materials:

19” x 13” Drawing Guide (in 4 parts to be taped together)
Masking Drawing Guides
COLOR Painting Printout
Palette Guide
Supply List

This course also includes 9 minutes of bonus video content:

Gary's Palette 101

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn unique techniques in controlling the fascinating and versatile medium of watercolor.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Learn To Paint A Warm Autumn Leaves Scene With Watercolors
11 Lectures 50:56

This is an introduction to my course that includes the downloadable/printable Beginning Notes and Supply List.

Step 2 contains the very helpful downloadable/printable:

(2) Masking Guides
Traceable Drawing Guide
(downloadable in 4 parts)
Master to Drawing Guide

COLOR Painting Printout

After downloading these PDF files, you can then open it in your computer's PDF viewer (probably Adobe Acrobat Reader). Printing from the PDF viewer will make it print out correctly (size/orientation). If your computer does not have a PDF viewer, you can install Adobe Acrobat Reader for free, here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Preview 03:02

Bonus video with Gary describing how he sets up his painting palette and mixes his colors. Filmed before a live audience.

BONUS: Gary Palette 101
09:04

Gary demonstrates masking out some of the painting's lightest values.

This lecture includes the following downloadable/printable PDF files:

(2) Masking Guides
Traceable Drawing Guide
(downloadable in 4 parts)
Master to Drawing Guide
COLOR Painting Printout
Gary's Palette Guide

Please note that the COLOR Painting Printout is purposely pre-lightened as home printers tend to print dark.

Step 1 contains the downloadable/printable Beginning Notes and Supply List.

If printing this document, it would be best to "Download" it as a PDF. This "Download" option is below this image window (to the left). After downloading, you can then open it in your computer's PDF viewer (probably Adobe Acrobat Reader). Printing from the PDF viewer will make it print out correctly (size/orientation). If your computer does not have a PDF viewer, you can install Adobe Acrobat Reader for free, here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

STEP 2: Masking
01:59

After the masking has dried, Gary applies the first stage of leaf colors with a wet on wet wash.

Preview 03:33

Using a loose-bristle bamboo brush, Gary throws on the first stage of leaf colors.

Preview 04:15

Using a loose-bristle bamboo brush, Gary throws on the second stage of leaf colors.

STEP 5: Throwing Leaves II
03:55

Using a loose-bristle bamboo brush, Gary throws on the third stage of leaf colors.

STEP 6: Throwing Leaves III
04:20

With a water-loaded stiff-bristle scrubbing brush, Gary softens some of the hard edges sunlight.

STEP 7: Scrubbing Sunlight
04:03

Gary paints in the visible sections of tree trunks and branches with the paintings darkest values.

STEP 8: Tree Trunks
06:28

Gary shades and shapes the leaf colors to provide them with more dimension.
STEP 9: Leaf Group Edges
03:09

Gary applies the finishing details to complete Autumn Trees.

STEP 10: Wrapping Things Up
07:08
About the Instructor
Gary Spetz
4.3 Average rating
27 Reviews
196 Students
10 Courses
Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society

Through his award winning art, Gary Spetz attempts to enhance the viewer's appreciation of the colors, shapes and designs that surround us. Gary travels extensively in his quest to both collect painting materials and find new paths to explore. In truth, he enjoys the "going to" as much as the painting process, itself. As an avid outdoors enthusiast, he hikes, skis, sails, and kayaks through the landscapes that he paints.

Gary is a "Signature Member" of the National Watercolor Society. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota who, over the years, has achieved numerous acceptances into the prestigious "Top 100" National Park painting collections of the National Park Academy of the Arts . He has also been featured in 98 national PBS television episodes (American Public Television) pertaining to learning watercolor and art travel. Many articles of his work have appeared in Watercolor, Artists, and Watercolor Magic magazines. And his work has been published in the books, Searching For The Artist Within and Art From The Parks.

When not "in the field", Gary and his wife reside in northwest Montana.