Andy Evansen

Andy Evansen: Secrets of Painting Watercolor Outdoors


Video Length: 2 Hours 25 Minutes
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This cinematic video production includes:

  • How to create a value study...
  • A step-by-step painting demonstration from start to finish...
  • An interview with Andy Evansen...
  • A show of the artist's work...

Master watercolorist Andy Evansen shares his decades of experience and the secrets to creating a great watercolor painting. This video shows you the steps for a winning composition, how to nail the values every time, how to avoid watercolor problems, and how to blend shapes for a more pleasing painting. You'll learn to lead the viewer's eye, use darks to design a scene, create believable reflections, paint skies effectively, and make use of spontaneous brushstrokes, as well as discover how to build a color palette ... and much more.


You'll Learn:

  • How to create a powerful and pleasing composition
  • The ideal painting setup
  • The complete color palette
  • How to take average compositions and make them spectacular with a few small changes
  • How to master values by creating and using value studies
  • How to avoid trouble in your painting
  • How to merge and blend shapes for a more pleasing look
  • How to catch and lead the viewer's eye
  • How to use darks as a tool to design a scene
  • Essential drawing skills
  • How to create realistic impressions in water
  • How to lift highlights
  • How to paint details
  • How to know what to leave out of a painting
  • How to give the eye rest
  • Dry-brush techniques you can use to your advantage
  • How to make light and sun feel realistic
  • How to give brushstrokes the feel of spontaneity while keeping control
  • Remove excess water in your painting
  • The important steps for creating a realistic underwash
  • How to paint spectacular skies
  • Using color and grays to keep the painting pleasing
  • How to make whites and lights pop in the painting


Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Ellen Jean Diederich
Andy Evansen: Secrets of Painting Watercolor Outdoors

I really enjoyed Andy's suggestions on choosing and planning your subject matter!

Eileen Allen
Andy Evansen: Secrets of Painting Watercolor Outdoors

Andy is not only an amazing accomplished watercolor artist, he is also a fantastic teacher, sharing his techniques, reasoning and thoughts while he paints. I've...

J David Quilter
Very Balanced and Clear Instruction

What a wonderful video. I really got a lot out of it and was able to go back several times to reinforce the techniques Andy explains. I find this video to be very helpful to me as I work to get better at design and how to better master color.

Catherine Moore
Excellent Instruction

Andy Evansen is a master watercolorist and instructor. He has a way of distilling information and making it easy to understand. And, this video offers a great pairing of that information / instruction, and excellent filming.

Cydney J. Steeb
Great video for the studio artist wanting to paint plein-air

I've been toying with the idea of painting watercolors in plein-air, but didn't know where to begin. Andy's video will definitely get me out of my studio. I often get lost in the details and Andy showed how to paint just a few, close to the completion and let the viewer's eye fill in the rest. I also enjoyed that he showed how to select a subject and then decided what to include and what's not important. Seeing how he begins with a value study in Payne's gray and how it translated into the painting was very helpful. I'd love to take a workshop with Andy.....