Painting Wild Places with Watercolors: Tranquil Waters
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Painting Wild Places with Watercolors: Tranquil Waters

Step-by-step instructional videos with a downloadable Color Painting Reference and full-size Traceable Drawing Guide.
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Created by Gary Spetz
Last updated 11/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 10 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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STEP 1: Composition & Preparation
16 Lectures 53:05

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:

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 03:55

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

BONUS: Gary's Palette 101
09:04

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

This lecture includes the following downloadable/printable PDF files:

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
01:15

Gary paints in a sky wash on wet paper.

STEP 3: Sky Colors
01:34

Gary applies the base colors to the background trees.

STEP 4: Background Tree Base Colors
04:12

Gary paints in the base colors for the foreground trees.

STEP 5: Foreground Tree Base Colors
02:23

Gary begins sorting and shaping the foreground tree base colors to give them the illusion of dimension.

STEP 6: Foreground Tree Shading
01:58

Gary begins sorting and shaping the background tree base colors to give them the illusion of dimension.

STEP 7: Background Tree Shading
01:53

Using a smaller brush, Gary applies yet more details to the trees.

STEP 8: More Tree Shading
01:22

After the masking is peeled off, Gary paints in the rock base colors.

Preview 04:04

Gary sorts and shades the rock base colors to give them the illusion of dimension.

STEP 10: Rock Sorting & Shading
06:43

Utilizing a palette knife, Gary provides texture to his freshly painted in tree trunks. And using the palette knife like a pen quill, he pulls in branches as well.

STEP 11: Foreground Tree Trunks & Branches
02:41

With a syringe and gravity, Gary pours on his lake surface colors.

STEP 12: Lake Surface
02:28

Gary paints in some of the tree trunks and branches on the distant background trees.

STEP 13: Background Tree Trunks & Branches
01:54

With a razor blade and stiff-bristled scrubbing brush, Gary highlights areas on the lake's surface.

STEP 14: Lake Surface Details
01:44

Gary demonstrates the final touches to complete Tranquil Waters.

Preview 05:55
About the Instructor
Gary Spetz
4.5 Average rating
29 Reviews
219 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.