In this instructional video, Plein Air Watercolor: Capturing Nature, Dan Marshall shows you how to take a complex scene and boil it down to the essentials. You’ll still keep the personality of the place, but he’ll show you how to enhance the mood to tell a more interesting story.
Here’s just some of what you’ll see in this video:
You’ve been there. You’re in a beautiful spot. You are so inspired that you take a picture with the idea of creating an inspiring painting.
But whether you do the painting on the spot (en plein air) or from a photo, it’s just not as inspiring as the scene you saw.
The reality is that it takes some special skills to translate the feel of a scene into a painting that shows your feelings.
For master watercolor artist Dan Marshall, there’s nothing more exhilarating than coming upon a landscape so inspiring that he’s overcome with the feeling that he just has to paint it!
For Dan, it’s a spiritual experience.
Though you want to capture this beautiful moment in time, your painting approach may not give you the results you want.
With Dan’s help, you’ll be seeing things differently and your focus will shift to creating paintings that are a personal translation, not a duplication.
The best part? Dan is going to rescue you from the dangers that mess up otherwise good paintings. He also shows you his unique, sometimes-unorthodox step-by-step method of painting. You’ll soon discover that Dan’s system is not limited to landscapes; you’ll find it useful in all subject matters — cityscapes, figurative works, whatever your passion is! And if you’re not a watercolor painter, you’ll find it can be applied to any medium.
Chapter Breakdown (54 minutes)
Part 1: Painting Basics--everything you need to get started before you go outside, so when you go outside you can start painting with confidence. free yourself to think creatively while you are outdoors painting with these exercises under your belt.
Part 2: Painting Demonstration (62 minutes)
Subject Review: think about what you like about the scene, what draws you to it, what works or doesn’t
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