We are going to paint seascape from Venice with gondola, waves, reflections, seagulls and marine atmosphere.
The author of the course Julia Barminova speaks English on video without subtitles.
What is this course about?
This fascinating feeling, when a bit of watercolor paint of different saturation and shade become something bigger on the white paper.
By having heard the watercolour technique from easy concepts to the hard ones, by painting your own sea, after workshop my students can look at the watercolor sea paintings with the understanding of HOW exactly it is done.
Step by step approach
Even though the majority of my paintings have boats and another port life on them, all my watercolors are about water. Water is the center of everything and the most important and complex object, I always give it all my main attention and draw it first.
If you look closely, you will see that long before the the boat appears, the whole sea will be painted inside and out. Then I continue - the reflection is the next step, then the boat, its details and the distant plan. This procedure helps me concentrate on the most important thing and to have a luxury of losing attention just a little closer to the end, in order to make the distant plan aerial and the water as real as possible.
The Secret of reflections
To comprehend all the subtleties of the reflection of objects in the water, you need to think about that the water is constantly moving. It changes every second. If you watch reflections dance on the surface, you will notice that although they change, some things are permanent. These are, for example, a change of tone close to the horizon and right in front of you. There are different shades of colors, the relationship between dark and light elements. This is my secret of the image of water – to understand what is constant and what is not. I don’t experiment with what is always there, I try to convey it as it is, and I allow myself to play with moving parts
What is inside?
– Introduction of the materials, choosing paper, brushes and paints;
– Analysing the important watercolour aspects, which are necessary for depiction of water using the technique La Prima;
– Several levels of gradation of the sea complicity; variety of reflections, search for light and contrasts.
– What you should pay attention to, when choosing the subject and how to look for the life model in the port and the seaside.
– Actual use your new skills and step outside of just knowing the theory
– Watercolor work in “Seascape”genre in 4 parts: waves, reflections, glare and details.
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• Phthalo Blue PB15
• Phthalo Green PG7
• Cadmium Orange PO20
• Gamboge PY150/PO48
• Indanthrone Blue PB60
• Cobalt Blue PB28
• Quinacridone Rose PV19
• Neutral Tint RBk6/PV16
Mix of Phthalo blue PB15 and Phthalo green PG7 forms my basic color for the Sea. If I want something warmer I add cadmium orange and gamboge. If my sea should be darker I use Indanthrone blue and sometimes Quinacridone Rose or Violet for deep blue color.
Colors that I absolutely dislike: Сobalt turquoise light, Indigo, Cerulean blue, Ultramarine, Cobalt green, etc… because of an effect of the granulation.
Reviews of author`s courses
Loved it :) спасибо болшое!
Following Julia while painting is amazing…I struggled with having to follow instructions, mixing colors while I don’t have all the same hue and painting at the same time but I really enjoy the practice and hope there would be more English courses from her soon.
I am absolutely in love with Julia's way of painting,, excellent lesson incredibly informative ad extremely enjoyable and very easy to follow. Hope to become as good as she is with my boats and water! There are many courses out there and I have followed many, but noone has been so helpful and useful both for technique and instructions provided.
Really like learning Julia's technique, would have love to be able to see or download the reference photo
This course was easier to follow than the sea and sails course. Clear, easy to understand instructions.
I learned so many things watching this course. I really appreciated your explanation of choosing the techniques you use to achieve believable water. That was extremely helpful. I also enjoyed hearing how you decide to simplify the photo as a watercolor focused on the water! Please do more. And your English is great! You don’t need to apologize!
I really like this lesson!
Love the course! Julia explain it very well.. I like how she mention what is wrong and what is right on watercolor techniques! I painted water before.. but this course really gave me another view! i want to try only one layer like Julia mention in the class! thank you..thank you!!
Great course with a lovely teacher. Julia explained all the steps perfectly. I wish the course was not sped up in parts but that may have made it too long. Thank you very much Julia!
The course was very good and very intense. I did not know we had to work simultaneously with Julia so I got behind from the start and did not finish in time to upload for review. However I had some very nice hours afterwards following the course on replay and painting the hydrangeas. I love the way it is filmed so that you can follow the actual painting process live - that is very informative and there are lots of big discoveries in watching how Julia works. Great course.
It was great!