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.
Many thanks Sheila Schaetzle for taking the following photos.