Intermediate Watercolor March 2024 – Session 5

Friday Apr 18th 2024 – 1pm-3pm EST

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Something different this week.   We’ll be doing 3 small versions of this scene and concentrating on getting a good arrangement of values with minimal detail.  We’ll need three drawings on the same 10″x14″ piece of paper.   As Maggie suggested drawing one and tracing it to transfer to the other two is perfectly acceptable.

I will record the drawing ahead of time and send out a link to it (it will also be on the youtube playlist too). Please do the drawing ahead of time please go ahead. I know that often people want to take time over this and it gives us more time in class for painting.

(All session materials are linked off the main page)


  • Student paper for mixing color swatches
  • 100% cotton paper for the full painting (I’ll be using 10″x10″)
  • Value scale (See the Useful Tools page)
  • Pencil/Paint/Palette/Water/Paper towels/masking tape
  • Brushes: A larger brush for the early loose washes. Smaller brushes for the later feather and face details.
  • Colors: Cobalt blue, Ultramarine, Burnt sienna, Vermillion/napthol/cad red (orangey red), Permanent rose (pinkish red), Cad lemon/hansa yellow (greenish yellow), yellow ochre, black.

I will be using the new ChromaMagic app for mixing. Definitely not necessary for the class and the free version is always available. The app does have a nifty new feature for showing swatches that you can mix from though which will be handy in class.

Reference Photo (click to enlarge and right click to download)

Reference Photo with grid

New England Snow Scene Reference with grid

My three study versions

Venice Canal Scene – three studies

Drawing Video:

YouTube player

Class Video:

YouTube player

Bonus Video (finishing the color study:

YouTube player

2 thoughts on “Intermediate Watercolor March 2024 – Session 5

  1. Okay I finally finished this… a little ADD as I kept hopping back and forth between all of them! Still working on the last. Thank you so much Michele. Besides being an incredibly talented artist, I love listening to and learning from you. Thank you for sharing your gifts and journeys through painting

  2. I enjoyed this exercise. I can see how it would help in making decisions for a full painting. I also liked that it was truly a practice piece. I have a had time not thinking of everything I do as being “precious “ and thus too afraid to experiment or be more casual as I paint.

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