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Not every watercolor painting is going to be a winner. But, if you sweep the bad art under the rug you miss a great opportunity to learn. Inferior work is your best teacher and in this video I will share how I repaint a loose watercolor landscape.

Here’s a quick checklist I use before doing a redo

  • Be sure to take several minutes and evaluate the art
  • Make a list of three to four items you want to address
  • Consider the big four; point of interest, design & composition, value hierarchy and color harmony
  • The big four are guidelines to assessing your art
  • Watercolor techniques are typically judged only after the big four
  • Techniques are usually not the issue, it’s one of the four pillars that fail

The video tutorial will walk you through my thought process and then I will repaint the landscape. Below you will find the video demo, my material list and reference images.

What was used to paint this landscape

Materials used in this watercolor demo are as follows:

  • Holbein paints; Cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, Cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow lemon, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, neutral tint
  • Brushes – Princeton Neptune pointed round #12, #6, Rigger #3/4″, Silver brush black velvet jumbo (medium)
  • Paper; Fabriano Artistico, bright white, 140 lb. cold press 11″ x 14″

The inspiration and finished art images

The scene is inspired from one of my favorite US States to vacation; Maine. The coastal scenery is stunning and loaded with inspiration and working fishing harbors.

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Reference image:
abstract watercolor landscape painting
– abstract watercolor landscape painting
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