Monthly Archives: February 2015

Landscape Painting Demo for FCA Calgary

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of doing a demo for the Calgary chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists.  It’s a excellent group that really encourages and inspires members’ growth.

I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time so I chose a landscape that can be done quickly using my favourite 3 wash method.  I’ve been using this method in nearly all my urban landscapes over the past 2-1/2 years.  It involves a first wash of yellow ochre that covers the entire sheet of paper.  The second wash is where you add all the light, mid and dark values (in other words virtually the entire painting). Then in the third wash you add both the darkest darks and also the lightest lights using white gouache.

There are of course many different approaches to watercolour but this is the one I’ve used almost exclusively for all my urban landscape paintings of the past 3 years.

Here is the painting that I did.  About 60% of it was done during the demo.

Rex Beanland, Seaton Beach, watercolour 15 x 20

Seaton Beach












Many thanks Sheila Schaetzle for taking the following photos.

Rex Beanland, Rex Smiles, FCA demo Rex Beanland, Rex tilts the painting, FCA demo Rex Beanland, Rex looks, FCA demo





New DVD By Brent Laycock

We have just produced our latest DVD, Inspired Watercolour with Brent Laycock. I am, of course, completely biased but I am extremely proud to have been involved in this project.  Brent is an excellent acrylic painter but I like to think that his soul is heavily invested in watercolour and this is the DVD that I had hoped that he would make.  It was such a pleasure editing it because I learned so much from it.  It is packed with tips and techniques but what I really like is how Brent so generously shares his thinking process.  As my wife, Susan, said over and over, he comes across as a charming man.

We will have copies of the disc available within 2 days and I can highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in watercolour.