Watercolor painting of skies and reflections – Port Stephens, NSW, Australia

My latest watercolor painting demonstration on YouTube covers the subject of skies and their reflections. It is based on a demonstration I did for the Macquarie Towns Art Society in Australia.

Watercolor painting demonstration of skies and reflections

Here is a summary of what is covered in the video:

I begin with a loose sketch of the scene, where I discuss ways to simply the subject, what to add, and what to leave out.

The painting starts by wetting the back of the paper – it take s a lot of water – while still keeping the front dry to touch.

The sky is painted with fully loaded brushes (lots of paint) allowing the paint to gently flow, leaving a nice clean watercolor wash. I made sure the sky was not too dark or too light. This sets the mood for the rest of the painting.

Once the sky is finished I went straight in and painted the water and the sand. The water needed to be a little duller but generally stronger in tone than the sky. I let this stage dry – with the aid of a hair dryer to speed things up.

With the paper dry I painted the distant hill in a light tone mix of watercolor paint. This was followed by progressively darker mixtures of paint for the distant islands, then the tree and rocks. Finished with some smaller details.

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