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





4 thoughts on “Landscape Painting Demo for FCA Calgary

  1. Ellis

    Nice work Rex. I have been practicing my drawing like I said I would and I’ve cleaned up a room that I will use for watercolour. (Could it a word to say water colouring?) I’ve also purchased all the materials I’ll need for several years and I’ve been printing some photos to work from. All I have to do now is start the work.
    How’s Susan?


    1. Rex Beanland Post author

      Hi Ellis: That’s great that you’re carrying on with your art. It all begins with the drawing. Good luck in your endeavours. Susan is doing great. She has struggled a lot in the past to actually do her art but she is getting to it more and more and the quality of her paintings is increasing tremendously.


  2. Marius

    Thank you for sharing this helpful tutorial. I’d love to be part of your art group. The 3 wash method of landscape painting looks achievable. How do I get started on this method?

    1. Rex Beanland Post author

      Thanks for the comment, I’m glad that you found it helpful. How to get started? I got started by watching someone who painted this way and it really spoke to me. So I guess I would say find someone or a video that demonstrates this process and then just try it and keep trying it and modify it to suit your own needs and that’s how we learn. Good luck.


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