In this video you’ll enjoy an unconventional approach to painting a loose watercolor cityscape. The video is in real-time so you can easily take in all the techniques without wondering how something was done.
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 image
The scene is inspired from one of my favorite vacation spots, Bar Harbor, Maine. As you can see I made many edits but used the overall idea of buildings placed on the left, heading towards a harbor and a car, or two.
- No drawing; I decided to do away with a preliminary drawing. This set the tone for achieving happy accidents and more abstract qualities. Of course I had a vision of what I wanted but allowed the scene to reveal itself as I painted it.
- No copying; I didn’t want to copy every single detail in the photo reference. Instead, pull bits and pieces of it that made sense once the washes were applied. Basically I tried to go with what the washes were giving me as opposed to forcing all the homes, bushes, etc. into the art.
- Unconventional brushes; Much of the painting is created with a Dagger. This is a very versatile brush and really does an amazing job of loose brushstrokes.
- Random painting; I didn’t start with the sky and work my way to the foreground. That’s the typical method most artist’s use. Instead I bounced around the scene and painted wherever I felt needed attention. So, more of a random placement of washes.
The finished art
Here’s a look at the finished painting. I hope you enjoyed it and thanks for having a look.