Here’s a fresh and loose watercolor landscape video demonstration where I use a photo reference from Vinalhaven, Maine to create some expressive art.
At first glance it may appear that I’m carelessly slinging paint but in actuality there’s a lot of traditional techniques being used. Below is a list of some of the ideas, or guidelines, I think about before I start slinging watercolors.
Guideline to painting loose
- Always take time to observe the subject
- Try to extract some details and features that seem interesting, or would be fun to paint
- Consider the larger shapes and how they will be arranged for a compelling composition
- Does the scene need more, or less information?
- Is there opportunity for representational and abstract qualities?
- Add any detail that the scene may need, and always minimize the clutter
Finished art and photo reference
Below you will discover the finished art and photo used to create the landscape.