How to Paint a Portrait of a House in Watercolor Tutorial
I’ve listened to your requests for a full-length, real time video tutorial in watercolor. I’m glad to post that I published how to paint a portrait of a house in watercolor on my youtube channel here.
It’s a bit over 40 minutes, and I’ve narrated the process from start to finish.
I hope it’s helpful to those of you who emailed to say how much you hate speed-painting demo videos. 🙇🏻♀️
Online Watercolor Tutorials
If you are brand new to watercolors, this house portrait in watercolors project might be ambitious. My narration assumes you already have an assortment of brushes and you’re familiar with your palette, color mixing and pigment to water ratios.
Even if you’re a novice, you can still watch the tutorial and follow along. I dearly hope you’ll harvest some tips from watching the painting process. If you’re just starting out, here is a playlist of other watercolor tutorials on my channel.
The Forgotten Benefits of Drawing
We hear all the time that drawing is the foundation of all good painting. We think of the drawing underneath watercolor as a scaffolding, or the bones of the painting body. In a way, the structure of a good drawing under watercolor allows us to be more fluid and loose with our brushes, because of that map we can follow of graphite or watercolor pencil lines between the paper and the pigments. And on the subject of drawing, did you see this great article from the Scientific American blog about the forgotten benefits of drawing?
Over a century ago, the ability to draw was a necessity. No cameras, printers, copiers, or online images – if you wanted to convey information visually, you had to do it yourself.
Drawing lessons were standard in school curricula. Teachers had to pass tests in essential subjects like arithmetic, history, and… drawing. College students studying biology were required to take a daily drawing class their freshman year. Why? To “learn to observe”. (read the rest of this thought-provoking article here.)
On Being a Beginner Artist
Wherever your drawing adventures take you, I hope you’re feeling some progress in your sketching, and advances in your watercolor painting. This lovely exploit of making art is a great meditation inside a fast-paced world.
If you find yourself frustrated that your skills aren’t moving as quickly as you’d like, take a deep breath, and steer your mental ship towards curiosity over criticism. It’s best to stay curious when we’re learning. Criticism is a flame-douser on creative skill building.
It’s okay to be a beginner, even though it’s uncomfortable to be not-so-good at something. Grownups are supposed to know things, so it’s been a long time since we were figuring new stuff out, right? Keep at it, and notice the little advancements.
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