Intermediate Watercolor October 2023 – Session 5

Thursday November 9 2023 – 1pm-3pm EST

Zoom link (Passcode 189664)

Something a little easier and a lot more colorful than last week. I thought we needed a bit of a rest after last week although these won’t be a walk in the park either.

This week it’s flowers and a really cheerful, colorful, vase of poppies. Just using all that red is reason enough to paint these (I once painted fire engines for a while for the same reason).

Having said that flowers aren’t a doddle. The values in the blooms are very close and have a mixture of hard and soft edges. So we’ll have to keep our wits about us. Great fun to paint though.

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 come ready with the drawing done.

(All session materials are linked off the main page)


  • Student paper for mixing color swatches
  • 100% cotton paper for the full painting (Again I’ll be using 10″x”10. I wouldn’t go any smaller than this).
  • Value scale (See the Useful Tools page)
  • Pencil/Paint/Palette/Water/Paper towels/masking tape
  • Brushes: Two medium sized brushes for the main areas. One for putting paint on and one for softening edges and petal areas. Size 10 or 12.
  • Colors: Ultramarine, Burnt sienna, Vermillion/naphthol/cad red (orangey red), permanent rose/quinacridone red (pinkish red), black/neutral tint, lemon yellow.

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

Vase of red poppies
Vase of red poppies

Reference Photo with grid

Vase of red poppies - grid
Vase of red poppies – grid

My current version.

Vase of red poppies - Michele Clamp


Drawing video

YouTube player

Class recording

YouTube player

My class version

I’m going to do another version of this in a much looser style. I’ll add the video early next week.

YouTube player

A looser version on YouTube.

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