Capturing Light in Watercolor - How to Paint Cities with Thomas W Schaller

Artist: Thomas W Schaller
Producer: North Light
SKU: 22-TWS2d
Runtime: 1 Hour, 31 Minutes

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Paint a city scene full of light and energy with this video workshop! Thomas Schaller will demonstrate how to simplify a complex composition into shapes and three values: lights, mid-tones, and darks. Begin this lesson with preliminary sketching necessary to distill the painting down to the essentials. Then watch and paint along as Thomas works light to darks while saving the whites, establishing focal points, architecture, and figures. Finally, add the darkest darks and tie the painting together with finishing touches.


In Capturing Light in Watercolor: How to Paint Cities you will find:

  • A start to finish watercolor demonstration on painting city scenes
  • Lessons on painting techniques for color mixing, working wet-into-wet, splattering, edgework, brushstrokes, and more
  • Techniques for creating a strong composition without getting overwhelmed by details of each building

About Thomas Schaller
Following a 20 year career in New York City as an architect and architectural artist, Tom Schaller is now a premier artist and instructor in the watercolor medium. With a focus on painting light, Tom teaches workshops around the world, including his Architecture of Light workshop. He has won multiple awards for his watercolor art, including the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize and has been published in several publications, including Watercolor Artist, International Artist, Southwest Art, and many others. His work can be found in various collections and exhibitions. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the California Art Club, and the North American Watercolor Artists.

For sketching:
Faber-Castell soft lead pencils
Clutch pencil with 6B lead

Holbein pigments, artists' grade or
Daniel Smith Thomas Schaller palette
More sediment-based paints, rather than staining pigments

  • Verditer blue
  • Cobalt blue
  • Mineral Violet
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ultramarine
  • Cobalt teal
  • Blue-green
  • Violet
  • Shadow green
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Yellow ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Manganese blue
  • Shadow green
  • Lavender

Saunders watercolor paper with a rough surface 140-lb.

Escoda aquarielle mop brushes in various sizes
Escoda Prada round no. 12

Stillman & Birn sketchbook
Steve Fanelli brass palette
Spray bottle
Water jars

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