First Free Livestream

Hello everyone!

Thank you for signing up to my first test YouTube livestream. Fingers crossed all will go well and I look forward to seeing everyone. The link to join is :

YouTube LiveStream November 3rd 2021 1pm EST

We’ll be painting a Boston street scene. Even though this isn’t a teaching demo people are very welcome to paint along and, as always, the link will remain live if you want to revisit it.

Here is the reference image I’ll be using. I’ll likely make some tweaks to the composition along the way. I will probably do the drawing ahead of time so we’re ready to paint right away. I’ll video the process and post it for those interested.

I’ve included a list of materials below the reference. If you have any questions please email or DM me on facebook. Happy to answer any queries.

See you on Wednesday!

Edit: Here is the drawing video and a photo of the finished drawing.

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Drawing video
Boston Street Scene – Drawing video

Here is the video of the first livestream where we complete most of the painting.

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NEW!! Followup Livestream – Pushing the painting to its limits and finishing it off.

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Below are photos of the painting after the first livestream and then after the second livestream where I pushed it as far as it could go. Not to make a good painting but to see what worked and what doesn’t. I will definitely be doing another version of this.

Materials :


I’ll be using a 15″x11″ piece of 100% cotton 140lb watercolor paper. I like Fabriano Artistico but any 100% cotton paper is fine. Cheaper paper is *much* harder to work with – the paint dries very fast and blends are much trickier to achieve. If you have some scrap paper for swatches (any type) that will also be useful.


A round sable (or close equivalent like an Escoda Versatil or Princeton Aqua Elite) size 10 or 12 will do much of the work. My goto brush is an Escoda Reserva size 12 which holds oodles of water and points beautifully.

I’ll be doing some larger areas with a quill (~9mm diameter) but a flat brush also works. In a pinch your size 12 laden with lots of water can do the job.

A smaller synthetic for detail work is nice but if your size 12 round points well you can use that.


I use tube paints exclusively. Mostly Da Vinci but any artists quality brand is fine. Some student paints are ok (Cotman and Lukas Studio) but there’s always one essential color in there that is substandard. Pan paints are fine if that’s all you have but getting rich mixes takes more time. Spritz them with water 15 minutes ahead of time to loosen them up a little.


Lemon yellow,

Yellow Ochre,

Vermillion or an orangey red (cad red medium or naphthol),

Permanent Rose or a pinkish red (permanent alizarin or quinacridone red),

ultramarine blue,

cerulean or cobalt blue,

burnt sienna

black (I like lamp black but ivory is fine)


A drawing board to tape your paper to

Masking tape

Mechanical pencil for the drawing

Kneaded eraser

Paper towels

Small spray bottle (nice to have but not essential)

Value scale

Water container and water

Palette for your paint. A butcher’s tray or, in a pinch, a plate will work. Just make sure it’s white and there is space for mixing.