Watercolor Abstract Painting Demonstration

Watercolor Abstract Painting Demonstration

Here is my first ever watercolor abstract painting demonstration on video. I hope you’ll grab your watercolor painting gear and paint along with me. Although the video is a bit long, I know watercolor painters like to see how everything is done. Let me know if you’d like to see more of these demos.

Materials Used:
QoR Watercolor: Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Cadmium Orange, Quinacridone Red, Quinacridone Violet, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Pink, Pyrrole Red Light.
Paper: Fabriano Artistico, 300lb. Rough Pressed, 11”x15”
Backing Board: Plastic core board, approx. 1/4” thick
Brushes: Cheap Joe’s Golden Fleece, Nylon 2”; Jack Richeson Kolinsky Sable, 1” and 3/4”.

My color selection for the painting is an analogous combination of red violet, red, red-orange and orange. I will also add a bit of regular violet. This painting, while abstract in nature, has a landscape feel to it with a perceived ground plane and a curved “hillside.” I try to leave it open ended and not tell the whole story so that the viewer can make their own narrative for the piece.

I begin by saturating the paper front and back, then I squeegee out the excess water to leave the paper damp. I start the painting by laying in random colors in a random pattern using a curved motif for the composition. Once the initial wash is complete, I take time to dry the surface of the paper (only the surface) so that I can then apply a second wash of thicker paint.

In the final wash I begin to define/refine my shapes with darker values and more intense color. I add darker violet values to help develop centers of interest. I add some scraping - like do in my acrylic paintings - for a little added interest and visual texture. I touch up my darkest values, add some semi-opaque orange details and I’m done. Easy peazy.

I hope you painted along and had fun doing it! Be sure to let me know in the comments if you want me to continue to do more watercolor painting demos.

If you'd like to learn about abstract painting, then please join me for a painting workshop: (You can view a list of 2019 workshops HERE)

  • January 25-27, 2019 Daytona Art League, Daytona Beach, FL. SOLD OUT-Waiting List

  • February 6-8, 2019 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and registration Click Here. Only 1 seat left!

  • February 15, 2019 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. This 1-day workshop is on Acrylic Monoprinting - all supplies included - just bring yourself! For information and registration Click Here.

  • March 5-8 Cultural Arts Alliance, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. For information and registration contact Bonnie Loman. Email: pghsteeler1@icloud.com.

  • March 15-17 Helen Day Center, Stowe, VT. For information and registration contact Danielle Naylor. Email: education@helenday.com.

  • March 27-29, 2019 Amarillo Art Institute, Amarillo, TX. For information and registration contact Rachel Flores, Email: director@amarilloartinstitute.org.

  • April 12-14, 2019 Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, AL. For information and registration contact Christi Britton. Email: cbritton@florenceal.org.

As always, thanks so much for your support!


P.S. If you you'd like to learn more about Abstract Painting in the comfort of your home or studio, I have a great course called Abstract Painting Academy available for you:

Abstract Painting Academy is the next best thing to a live workshop event. You can find out more by Clicking Here.

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