#stayhome artscapes day 18

#stayhome #artscapes day 18. Work in progress -watercolor-today. Inspiration is drawn from the Scandinavian and Celtic places I’ve traveled to and the new Myrkur album that dropped yesterday. Do the younger folks still call them albums? I added it to my 2020 Mar Mix 1, at the bottom. It’s beautiful.


  1. Arches Watercolor Paper, Cold Press, 140 lb. Block ( If you have a block you don't have to tape the edges down.)

  2. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor Paints

  3. Travel Palette (This is if you use tubes instead of the pans above.)

  4. Flat Brush

  5. Fan Brush

  6. Round Brush

  7. Fluid Mask

  8. Gum Eraser (you can also you white or pink eraser for pencil but I like Gum)

  9. Technical Pencil (you can use a regular 2B. I like technical because it has a light touch and is easy to erase if I don't push hard.) (Or if you like to paint in pen and wash try a 3B or 4B.)

  10. Arteza Watercolor Pencils (I use these to sharpen areas or if I'm doing more of an illustrative look.)

  11. Kemper Tool (To get up the fluid mask)

  12. Hair Dryer or Heat Tool (If you don't want to wait for paints to dry)

  13. My imagination

How to begin you Artscape:

  1. Keep your paper on the block. Don't take it off. Unless you really want to tape the edges down. With a block, the whole paper can be painted. If you do use tape, use this tape.

  2. Focus on your paper as if it were gridded into thirds leaving nine squares. The top third could be your sky. The bottom two thirds could be the ground, and the bottom third itself could be where your main subject is. Pick a third on the the left or right to focus the main subject. Try to pick a point where the bottom third and the side third meet. Here's an example.

  3. Lightly pencil in your main shapes. Objects near the bottom of the paper should be larger and objects at the horizon should be smaller. Use a ruler if needed to create vanishing points.

  4. Fluid mask any areas you want absolutely white that you don't mind if they have sharp edges.

  5. Wet the sky background with your mop brush. Try to do a gradient of color from one Side to the other or from bottom to top or top to bottom. This will allow whitened areas and allow the eye to rest somewhere. Even if the white is just focused in the clouds. Tipping your block to the side will also allow interesting skies to happen.

  6. Next work on the ground background. Start dark and go light or start light and darken in while still wet.

  7. Next focus on any other areas that are not your main subject. Objects near the bottom of your paper will be darker than objects at the horizon level (half way or third of your paper)

  8. Work on your main subject last. I like to do pen and wash these days (see here for tutorial) but you can just use finer paint brushes. Start with the shadows first. Many people will do a light gray wash for clothes and objects but a darker skin color wash for people. Some people will use a purple blue wash for shadows and some use a brown pink.

  9. Next you can do your highlights. Leave white where there needs to be if you haven't fluid masked it. Some people who use blue, purple tones will use red to brighten highlights. Those who use green and blue tones may highlight with peach or bright green. Experiment on a scrap watercolor paper before you begin your main subject.

  10. If you aren't sure how to proceed, email me or go to YouTube and look up specifically how to paint what you want to paint.

I put him away for months. Now, October 23, 2020...he’s finished. The main painting is not show here but a copy of a greeting card print is.

RK Arts Studio

Charlottesville, VA 22902


+1 (434) 260-1402

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