Watercolor Painting Videos

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DVD - Roses in Crystal with Jan Kunz

Roses in Crystal with Jan Kunz

Paint along with Jan Kunz as she demonstrates how to create the illusion of sunlight flooding through a crystal vase filled with old fashioned roses.
Learn to suggest translucent petals, use reflected light for brilliance and glow, and other ways to perfect your floral painting.

Supplemental study materials, including a reference photo, Jan's drawing, printed instructions, a color chart, and a print of the final painting are available for free download from the Creative Catalyst Productions web site.

More watercolor lessons with Jan Kunz are available in three companion watercolor instruction videos from Creative Catalyst Productions: Getting Started Right in Watercolor, Watercolor Portrait Painting: Female, and Painting Watercolor Portraits: A Simple Approach From Photo to Finish.

 

 

 

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DVD - Painting Watercolor Portraits: A Simple Approach From Photo to Finish with Jan Kunz

Painting Watercolor Portraits: A Simple Approach From Photo to Finish with Jan Kunz

Jan Kunz clearly demonstrates and explains how to paint a portrait in watercolor. You will see the entire painting process from start to finish, including shortcuts and tips for achieving a likeness.

In this film you will learn about:

• Taking resource photos that contain the necessary, subtle details and dramatic value shifts required for success
• Spotting & sculpting the facial planes to help ensure a likeness
• Shortcuts such as photo copies to access the value patterns
• Getting your value shifts right using Jan’s 40% rule
• Choosing color mixtures for skin
• Tricks and tools to get shine in hair • How to paint eyes that “sparkle”
• Painting a mouth and teeth that look right
• Where to put the final crevice darks to bring your painting to life
• Integrating the whole painting with background colors.

Jan’s instruction is clear and logical. You will understand the why as well as how to do each step.

Limited drawing skills won't hold you back in Jan's workshop. You'll learn to take great reference photos then trace and transfer the crucial shapes to your paper.

Jan Kunz shows you every tip and shortcut she has to help you get a portrait you can be proud of. Jan starts with an information-rich photograph, and demonstrates all the steps you'll need for success:

• drawing and sculpting facial planes to help ensure a likeness;
• use of photocopies to access value patterns;
• getting your value shifts right, using Jan's 40% rule;
• choosing color mixtures for skin;
• painting a mouth and teeth that look right;
• placing the final crevice darks to bring your painting to life; and
• integrating the whole painting with background colors.

This workshop will save any painter years of trial and error with a difficult subject.
Add a personal touch to your portfolio in Painting Watercolor Portraits: A Simple Approach from Photo to Finish with Jan Kunz.

More watercolor lessons with Jan Kunz are available in three companion watercolor instruction videos from Creative Catalyst Productions: Getting Started Right in Watercolor, Watercolor Portrait Painting: Female, and Painting Roses in Crystal.

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DVD - Watercolor Portrait Painting: Female with Jan Kunz

Watercolor Portrait Painting: Female with Jan Kunz

Join artist Jan Kunz, author of Painting Beautiful Watercolors from Photographs and Painting Florals That Glow, to learn how to paint so that your paintings will glow. This step by step watercolor painting video workshop, Watercolor Portrait Painting: Female, will become a favorite whether you skills are beginning or advanced.

Paint along with Jan Kunz as she demonstrates the five steps to creating vibrant, life-like watercolor portraits. Learn how she selects a model, achieves correct proportions in a reference drawing, determines hue and value for skin tones, and uses tricks for bold rendering of hair.

Jan provides enough information to keep serious painters occupied for years! Full-color worksheets, steps to completion, Jan's drawing, a pigment analysis chart, and a color/pigment wheel are available on the CCP web site as a free download.

More watercolor lessons with Jan Kunz are available in three companion watercolor instruction videos from Creative Catalyst Productions: Getting Started Right in Watercolor, Painting Roses in Crystal, and Painting Watercolor Portraits: A Simple Approach From Photo to Finish.

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DVD - Getting Started Right in Watercolor with Jan Kunz

Getting Started Right in Watercolor with Jan Kunz

Let popular workshop instructor and author Jan Kunz help you get a head start in watercolor. In this beginning level watercolor instruction video, Getting Started Right in Watercolor, you will learn watercolor painting techniques ranging from basic washes to how to paint dew drops. Jan guides you step by step in learning how to paint with flair.

Jan Kunz is well-known as a master watercolorist and author of Painting Beautiful Watercolors from Photographs and Painting Florals That Glow. Learn about brushes, watercolor papers, setting up a palette, and brush techniques from basic washes to negative painting. See how to soften edges, prevent run backs, and reduce complicated areas to paintable passages. Get tips on corrective measures, how to lift whites, paint dew drops and wood grain, and much more. Two painting exercises are included: One for the beginner and one for the more advanced beginning painter. Additional printed material available free on the CCP web site.

More watercolor lessons with Jan Kunz are available in three companion watercolor instruction videos from Creative Catalyst Productions: Getting Started Right in Watercolor, Painting Roses in Crystal, and Painting Watercolor Portraits: A Simple Approach From Photo to Finish.

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DVD - Tuscan Textures: Rich Textures Using Salt with Judy Morris

Tuscan Textures: Rich Textures Using Salt with Judy Morris

Judy Morris, AWS NWS takes the mystery out of choosing the right colors and salts to achieve amazingly rich textures. She shows the versatility of watercolor and the subtle differences in combining various types of paint (opaques, transparents, stains, etc.), paper, and salts and what they will achieve. Judy charges in color while the salt is doing its work and tweaks it after all is dry. She breaks a few “rules” as she spots in color contrasts and finishes with glazing an opaque to make a textured surface that is a visual feast! Judy’s workshop will make everyday walls an inviting subject for any watercolorists.

 

 

 

 

 

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DVD - Build, Design & Color Using a Mouth Atomizer with Mark Mehaffey

Build, Design & Color Using a Mouth Atomizer with Mark Mehaffey

Shake up your watercolor world with Mark Mehaffey's mouth atomizer techniques. In this DVD workshop, you'll test the limits of your design skills as you complete a floral painting without picking up a brush. You'll guide your composition with careful masking and extensive layering as you discover this unique painting tool.

Mark grounds his atomizer paintings in design fundamentals. You'll peek inside his sketchbook as he works out shapes and values for the final piece.
With his plan in place, Mark transfers his drawing to watercolor paper with frisket film. You'll cut away this ready made mask as you spray on glowing, transparent layers of pigment. You'll continually adjust values and hues as you develop smooth transitions and focus pointillistic dustings of color into the deep shades in the background. You'll hone composition and texturing skills that will enhance any painting.

Breathe life into your art in Build, Design, and Color Using a Mouth Atomizer with Mark Mehaffey.

 

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DVD - Painting a Dramatic Landscape in Watercolor with Mark Mehaffey

Painting a Dramatic Landscape in Watercolor with Mark Mehaffey

Join Mark Mehaffey AWS, NWS, and enjoy a wonderful introduction to watercolor landscape painting. You will learn:

• How to plan and paint a dramatic landscape by using a few strong shapes,
• Use of bold colors and a limited palette.
• How to mix and paint the glowing colors of a setting sun reflected on water.
• Get important tips on controlling moisture in your brush for successful wet into wet painting
• How to get variety with a limited color palette,
• The role of silhouette and scale in landscapes, and
• The importance of a value sketch.

In a few hours even a beginner will achieve drama in their landscape watercolors.

Mark Mehaffey would rather be too bold than too timid in his painting. This philosophy helps him push the limits of color and value in his dramatic watercolor landscapes. In this workshop, Mark focuses on the four basic elements of drama to create an electrifying mountain scene. You'll learn to harness contrast and color balance to make your pigments leap from the paper.

Mark contrasts dark, neutralized colors with bold spots of New Gamboge and Quinacridone rose to establish dramatic value changes and diverse color temperature. As he moves across the cloudy sky and craggy ridges, variation becomes a chief concern. He constantly changes the consistency and composition of his mixes to avoid flat, uniform shapes.

As he moves into the foreground mountains, Mark forges a path for effective spacial movement – another basic element of drama. He shades his large shapes with deep violets and neutralized yellows to pull them out from the background layers and guide the eye across the painting. He takes care in maintaining the intricate borders between mountains and allows for hard edges around his focal point to draw attention to distant trees.

He coaxes an abstract but effective reflection out of his mountain lake, keeping key swatches covered with liquid mask to maintain contrast. The sharp transitions between light and dark values establish his center of interest and increase drama.

Mark caps the composition with a lone spruce tree, again protected by liquid mask. He revisits his goal of varied color temperature, floating dark greens over an underpainting of New Gamboge. He introduces new colors to draw attention to the sparse tree, adding a new layer of depth and movement.

As he revisits the lake to soften some edges, Mark puts the finishing touches on a landscape that captures both the core elements of drama and the viewer's full attention. To charge your watercolor work with striking contrast, join Mark Mehaffey in Painting a Dramatic Landscape in Watercolor.

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DVD - Color Power: The Path to Visualizing Energetic Color with Carl Dalio

Color Power: The Path to Visualizing Energetic Color with Carl Dalio

Free yourself of color inhibitions. Watch Carl take a flat street scene and turn it into a colorful, energetic environment using lush color and active brush work.

Carl Dalio explains the different types of light and where to anticipate areas perfect for adding vibrancy. Carl gives a brief explanation of perspective, explains the strengths of his limited palette and executes a quick sketch directly on his watercolor paper. He paints the scene in a logical yet free manner including simple figures.

You learn how to keep your colors clean and vibrant as you make your own painting full of life and energy.

IN ADDITION the DVD workshop includes a special half hour in-depth explanation of color and light.

Carl's constant attention to design and color management results in a scene that radiates energy. To learn a freeing and exciting method for working with watercolor, join us for Carl Dalio on Color Power: The Path to Visualizing Energetic Color.

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DVD - Sketching in Perspective with Carl Dalio

Sketching in Perspective

If you’ve ever had trouble with perspective, this is the workshop for you. Watercolorist Carl Dalio presents the theories and application of perspective drawing in a way suited for artists. His techniques for spacing, orientation, and measuring distances rely on logic and intuition, rather than mathematical formulas.

Carl presents eight lessons on perspective and composition, each featuring an easy-to-follow exercise. Carl establishes the basic principles with a sketch of a country house. He explains how to recognize vanishing points, a skill that forms the foundation for the rest of the workshop. He then demonstrates one, two and three-point perspective, illustrating the advantages and pitfalls of each. Using a simple, one-story building, he establishes a system that can be used for equal spacing of any set of objects: fence posts, cars, clouds or people.

Next, Carl demonstrates how to draw proportional figures from eye-level and an elevated vantage point. He introduces time-saving methods for populating landscapes and applies his techniques to larger landscapes. Carl concludes with principles for composing sketches for paintings. He selects intriguing shapes from his reference material, determines dominant values, and edits major elements to suit his design sensibilities.

This video includes bonus features on painting figures in landscape and selecting colors.

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DVD - A Designed Approach to Abstraction With John Salminen

Designed Approach to Abstraction

Join John Salminen AWSdf, NWS as he uses the language of design to build a complex layered abstraction. The design analysis and thinking he uses may be applied to any subject or medium.

John begins with simple objects as a springboard to suggest shapes and line. He then launches on a sequence of steps to create intriguing and unpredictable effects all the while using design principles to create a cohesive captivating painting. He floods in warm tones, dry brush blending, scrapes in darks, and masks lines. He creates a variety of line and edge qualities, careful to always add to the whole.

John explains the rationale for each step. He capitalizes on the strengths of watercolor: delicate and subtle middle values. He verbalizes his composition and problem solving strategies and uses the design principles of dominance, texture, linkage, and repetition to bring unity to the painting. John uses a variety of techniques to create interest: salt, dry brush blending, splattering, mouth atomizer, collage, and acrylics.

 

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DVD - Urban Landscape in Watercolor with John Salminen

Urban Landscape in Watercolor

In this workshop, John Salminen AWS DF, NWS hits the streets of New York to gather candid reference shots for his urban scene. He photographs with a designer’s eye.

When he returns to the studio, he modifies the color and composition of his reference materials. John teaches a simple system for accurately transferring his complex image to watercolor paper. He lays a foundation with careful masking and vivid washes of hard-to-define colors.

He concentrates on value relationships as he fills his landscape with shimmering streets and glowing neon. He uses mesmerizing reflective effects as an entry point to the composition and directs attention with white paper. John tones down conflicting passages with a mouth atomizer. He continually solves design problems, modifying colors in his foreground figure and lifting to enhance lines.

The workshop includes exercises in perspective drawing and extensive discussions of design and reference photography.

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