Painting Wild Places with Watercolors: Winter's Light
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Painting Wild Places with Watercolors: Winter's Light

Step-by-step instructional videos with a downloadable Color Painting Reference and full-size Traceable Drawing Guide.
4.6 (7 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.
96 students enrolled
Created by Gary Spetz
Last updated 10/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 17 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 32 minutes of bonus video content:

Masking 101
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.
Compare to Other Watercolor Painting Courses
Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
01:35:29
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Learn To Paint A Warm Winter Snow Scene With Watercolors
19 Lectures 01:35:29

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:

(8) 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 04:08

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

Bonus video with Gary describing how and why he works with masking fluid. Filmed before a live audience.

BONUS: Masking 101
22:25

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

This lecture includes the following downloadable/printable PDF files:

(8) 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
02:37

After the masking has dried, Gary applies a bulls-eye blend for the sky colors.

Preview 02:41

Once the sky wash has dried, Gary applies a second stage of masking—over the dry paint.

Step 4: Second Masking
02:12

When the second stage of masking dries, Gary applies a second wash of sky colors.

Step 5: Sunlight Colors II
05:31

Once the paint is dry, Gary applies a third stage of masking—once again over dry paint.

Step 6: Third Masking
02:25

Gary ads Cobalt Blue to the unmasked areas of the tree shades.

Step 7: Tree Shadows
02:43

Gary paints in the most distant tree trunks while the masking is still on the paper.

Step 8: Distant Tree Trunks
05:34

Gary paints in the closest, most prominent tree trunks—scraping in bark texture as they dry.

Step 9: Prominent Tree Trunks
04:39

Gary paints in the the tree trunks while the masking is still on the paper.

Step 10: Branches
02:29

The evergreen trees are painted in with darker green and blue values.

Step 11: Green Trees
05:07

All of the masking is peeled off, revealing the layers of color washes.

Step 12: Peel Masking & Add A Tree Trunk
02:35

The now exposed stark white snow is shaped with Cobalt Blue.

Step 13: Snow Shading
04:34

Some of the hard edges of the shadows are scrubbed soft using a water-loaded stiff-bristled scrubbing brush.

Step 14: Shadow Scrubbing
02:55

Some of the hard tree edges near the sun's supposed location are softened with a water-loaded stiff-bristled scrubbing brush.

Step 15: Sunshine Scrubbing & Tree Details
05:19

Gary applies more snow and tree trunk details as the painting nears its end.

Step 16: More Snow Shading & Tree Trunk Details
03:48

Gary does the finishing touches to complete Winter's Light.

Preview 04:43
About the Instructor
Gary Spetz
4.5 Average rating
30 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.