Painting a Beach in Watercolour

Painting a Beach in Watercolour

(music) Today, I’m at Newcastle, Co. Down in
Northern Ireland where the Mountains of Mourne
really do sweep down to the sea. and today I will be painting a seascape I will try very hard to get a good
counterchange between dark and light I start with a first wash over all of the paper I start with cobalt blue for the sky I mix enough to ensure I can paint with
freshness It is important that everything is very wet
at this early stage Using broad sweeping strokes I leave an edge to create the illusion of
clouds Weak raw sienna creates the warmth This may form green with the blue
but don’t worry, keep moving Wash down past the edge of the mountain I’m using some Quinacridone Gold to darken
the mountain The colour is dulled slightly from other
paint on my palette Rinsing the brush and going back to
the blue to complete the wash I’m creating the lightest part of the beach,
the wet sand Cobalt and brown madder give a good
mix for the dark cloud I use the side of the brush to give a
more random stroke I rinse and dry the brush on a sponge and soften the edge Using the same mix I use horizontal
strokes to create more distant clouds Clouds in the distance appear smaller
and more linear Adding burnt sienna to the mix,
I add a first wash to the foreground rocks Using a cool yellow (Aureolin) with ultramarine I create the trees behind the houses Not strong enough. I add more pigment Remember the need for counterchange.
Darks beside lights The green is too unnatural. adding raw
sienna warms it. Although I am painting the trees,
I am also creating the roofs of the houses This is known as negative painting It is important to achieve a sharp edge
where the trees meet the houses If a sharp edge is not achieved,
the effect is lost. using a stronger green
(viridian + burnt sienna) I create variation in the trees to suggest
light and shade Rinsing the brush I pick up a little warm
pigment to add to the houses I mix a grey from cobalt + burnt sienna Take care with greys. Overmixing your
colours will create too many greys! A single stroke renders the harbour wall and continues along the sea wall Using burnt sienna greyed with a little
ultramarine, I add the dry sand The dry sand must be darker than the
light reflections on the wet sand and lighter than the dark reflections Using ultramarine and brown madder I reinforce the harbour wall and add the background mountain tone Trying to create an uneven edge to
suggest the mountain edge With the same mix I add more shade to
the lower trees This creates more dark/light counterchange Rinse and dry the brush to dry and
soften the edge In the distance edges will be softer Now trying to generate more hints of detail
in the houses I’m trying to make this look like a group
of buildings rather than a collection of individual
buildings To do this it is important to connect the
buildings with the shadow wash Little dark marks will create a busy look to
the harbour and buildings Quinacridone gold gives the warm colour to
the inn but it is important to spread this colour
around to prevent it from being too
isolated The same colour greates the warm
coloured stones at the bottom of the sea wall I use ultramarine and aureolin to start
the reflections I lift a little colour to hint at the
reflection of the inn and add more bands of reflections Darkening the wash in places adds variety Cobalt blue sky colour completes the
reflections The reflections should blend soft edges rather than hard On to the foreground rocks to add the
darker tones to the sides Leaving a little halo of light at the tops
helps the structure as the beach recedes the rocks will appear
to be smaller and more neatly arranged A second wash on the sea wall is painted
at a slant to suggest the slope of the wall Brown madder adds a useful warmth
to the rooftops Seascapes can easily become cold warm areas are essential for balance Using a rigger I add more dark accents This hints at windows, doors, eaves etc. These extra darks add to the counterchange In the photograph it is difficult to see
what exactly is there so do not add detail you cannot see I use my finger to soften some of the marks Vary the size and shape of the marks this prevents the marks from becoming
too repetitive You expect to see vertical poles The sea wall isn’t dark enough An additional wash darkens it without
killing the previous washes A few extra rock shapes Think of morse code – dots and dashes
give variation A few rocks on the wet sand show that
this is not deep water Quinacridone gold warms the tops of
the rocks and a final few strokes on the sand
finishes the painting (music)

92 thoughts on “Painting a Beach in Watercolour

  1. Like your tutorial, the way you show every step, the colours you use and why, the closeup when you work….. Very good teaching ! Thanks

  2. Please don't get bored and not post any more video's. There are so many great artists that only make a few vid's and leave us wanting more and they don't have lessons for us to steer to. I hope your here for a very long time. Your explanations are so clear and I'm learning so much about color and why and where's of where they belong. I really enjoy your video's!!! Thank you. 

  3. Love your videos Grahame. I am learning so much and I have already been painting for ages. I just did my first video and am also learning from your video demo on how to do a good presentation. Thank you!

  4. My first time watching Grahame. I paint in oil, but this video really is a great example of using the magic of "suggestion" rather than definition in our art. Great video. A new fan.

  5. I'm speechless! What calm, what control, what dexterity!  I'll never be able to do such work 🙁  BUT I really love watching you build up bit by bit.  Maybe one day…………who knows, I might be able to do something slightly similar 😉  Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. Hello c'est un grand privilege d assister à vos démos.elles sont claires et faciles à suivre .peut être énoncer plus haut les couleurs employées .vos gestes sont légers et vos couleurs tonales permettent de progresser .encore merci ,de loin ,de France ,de la côte d'azur.dl.

  7. Wonderful video on how to paint this lovely scene.  I found your commentary as you go really helpful in explaining what colors you are using and how you apply them. I hope you continue making videos, I enjoyed this so much:)  thanks.

  8. Excuse me, I don't know if you'll read this or not but if you do, would you mind telling me what should I paint first as a newbie on watercolor? Like taking a own or online photograph and draw it…? Sorry for my bad English ,as it is not my mother tounge.

  9. Hi – I really enjoyed this, like so many other viewers. Can you share some information about your brush used here? From what I can see, it looks like the same brush used throughout. It must be very versatile. What kind of brush is this?

  10. Really enjoyed this … you included so many little "gems" of information which will be helpful.  You have also made me realise just how important it is to be able to mix colours at will from what you have on your palette (I guess practise, practise, practise).  Thank you so much for posting … I'm now off to investigate your other videos!

  11. This was so helpful to me. It was especially nice to see your pallet and how you worked with it. Excellent narration and very clear explanation. Thank you very much for this.

  12. If, hypothetically, you wanted to add more atmosphere to this painting, what would you have done differently?

  13. Excellent tutorial. Really enjoyed watching your style of painting. relaxing and absorbing.

  14. I enjoyed this video so much and I am planning a seascape. What type and size brush are you using particularly for the sky? Is it a round, a mop and how large. Synthetic or real and do you think that matters! Thanks so much!

  15. Dear Mr Grahame Booth, I love all of your video tutorials. They teach me a whole lot about watercolor! Thank you! I am waiting for your next video! Best wishes,Mm

  16. sorry but this deserves another comment — FANTASTIC – so simple yet so effective (wish it was as simple as u make it seem)

  17. J'ai aimé semble très facile à réaliser et pourtant ce n'est pas le cas … La langue est un problème pour moi… Merci…

  18. very beautiful! I just got a box of winsor newton half pans and looking forward to follow your wonderful tutorial. very inspiring.

  19. it was one of your wonderful tutorials – an ink and wash one – that got me back to painting. In the past 5 years, each and every one of your tutorials helped me immensely and I cannot thank you enough for it. This one is no different! Thank you Grahame!

  20. This was a very useful video for me. Excellent explanation of your techniques which pulled everything together. Your videos are very informative for someone like me trying to climb back into this after a 50+ yr hiatus. Thank you!

  21. Great video! (: How do you handle simplifying the scene in front of you? You were able to bring it down to the essentials really well.
    Thank you for sharing!

  22. Grahame, some of the things (not all) you do that make your tutorials so helpful are:
    *You show the photograph regularly so that we remember the item you are painting
    *You sometimes zoom in close to an area you are working on and that helps to see clearly the point you are making
    *You show the mixing of colours to be used so we can see which colours and how strong the mix is
    In addition you have a lovely soothing tone to your voice!
    Thanks for the help you are giving.

  23. grahame, what paper do you use? Im a student and need something inexpensive like around $10-15 that is cotton or a blend.

  24. Wow! This style of presentation is one of the best I have seen. Seeing back and forth from pallet to painting is very helpful, and your comments are just the right amount and informative. That would be nice to know. I hope you keep doing these!!!

    One Question: What SIZE is the final painting? Why is it rare for tutorial makers to state the size of the paper they are working with?

  25. Thanks – I had a play/pause paint along and did this in my sketch book which is just strong cartridge paper.  Not displeased with the result and found your palette to paper to photo presentation style great for having a go.  Love the simplified clutter of houses – that is going to come in useful.

  26. Love your videos, they are very fresh, clear cut and easy to understand, and I always love to hear the artist's personal thought processes behind every painting they create. Also, your accent is so relaxing to listen to – great tutorial! 🙂

  27. Could you please tell me where I can find that palette online? Or at least its name or manufacturer? It seems really handy for watercolors. Thank you.

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