Watercolor Painting Demonstration by Kristi Johnston
Sunset on the Ocean
Follow along as this sunset scene on Cape Cod comes to life! This painting was created at the Norton Library for library patrons. I hope you enjoy seeing it as well. I also teach these techniques in my watercolor classes. I hope it piques your interest! If so, here's the class schedule.
Pale wash of Anthraquinoid Rose and Aureolin Yellow is applied to wet , 140 lb. Arches watercolor paper.
Paper towel is used to remove or lift color from area that will be the sun. Clouds are also lifted with paper towel.
I apply a mixture of French Ultramarine and the Rose to make a darkened area of sky.
I use the chisle edge of my 2" flat brush to lay in the zig-zag pattern of the shadowed land portions of the foreground in a rich mix of French Ultramarine and Anthraquinoid Red
I have added foreground grasses by flicking the point of a round brush. Layers of rose and purple have been added to the water, and silhouetted boat ties.
The completed painting! Further color has been added to the water and sky, edges of the sun have been softened with a flat brush.