Urban Landscape Description

Rex Beanland, Wet Day In Toronto, watercolour, 12 x 12

Wet Day In Toronto

No matter what the subject matter watercolourists need a firm grounding in the basics of the medium.  In all my workshops we will be learning about and practicing the basics: value, colour, the importance of the wash, good brushwork, composition, materials and the importance of good planning.

I believe that participants get the most out of workshop if they do a lot of painting and creative exploration.  In my workshops I get everyone putting paint on paper very early by doing simple, fun activities and practices as a type of warm up.

I will present my simple method for painting figures and cars. You will be surprised how little drawing ability is needed to create interesting and attractive figures and cars..  We also deal briefly with perspective.

I also find that students learn the most about a new subject if it is presented in a ‘follow along’ method.  My process for doing the urban landscape involves working in very specific stages so it is convenient for me to do a section and then allow the students to do the same while I am able to move around and help everyone.  I will always have reference material available.  For those who choose, however, you are certainly welcome to work on your own reference material.

Finally, no matter whether you are experienced or brand new to working with the urban landscape the goal is always to create a painting that tells a story which we do by spending time to plan out an interesting centre of interest.

Rex Beanland, Stampede City, watercolour, 24 x 30

Stampede City

I can guarantee that you will do a lot of painting, learn a great deal, have a lot of fun.

Supply List

In general the colours you will already have on your palette will be fine as long as you have a selection of various blues, reds and yellows.

The essential colours are: Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and Chinese White or white gouache.
2 highly recommended colours are: Yellow Ochre and Cad Red Light.

Just for your information my palette consists of:

Cad yellow Yellow Ochre
Cad Orange Cad Red Light
Alizarin Crimson Cerulean Blue
Cobalt Blue Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Sienna Viridian
Dioxazine Purple Chinese White
Neutral Tint

2) Brushes

We will be using primarily round brushes including #8, #12 round, also an assortment of squirrel mop brushes are very useful as well as a rigger.

3) Palette

4) Paper Any handmade paper such as Arches or Winsor & Newton will work fine. I use rough though cold press will work just as well. Single sheets will be the most useful so you can cut the paper to different sizes.

Sizes For this workshop you will need a few sheets of paper. For the little practices just small pieces of watercolour paper will work (something like 8 x 10 or smaller). For the  demos either 9 x 12 or 12 x 16 or 15 x 20 will work. Remember you need to add 1” to each side to allow for taping the paper. Therefore to end up with a 12 x 16 image you will cut the paper 13 x 17.

5) Board A board or hard surface to tape the paper to (such as a piece of plywood, paneling, plexiglass or Masonite)

 6) Extras

Water container
Paper towels
Masking Tape
Spray bottle

Pencil, eraser, ruler

Rex Beanland, 8th & Centre, watercolour, 15 x 20

8th & Centre