Painting water can feel like learning to speak a new language. It’s unnatural, confusing, and what seems simple just isn’t. You see, water has a language all its own, and if you don’t understand it, you’ll never be able to harness the beauty and the power of it in your paintings.
Welcome to Fearless Waterscapes with Shuang Li
, a video workshop that will help you become fluent in the unique language of painting water.
Shuang opens your eyes to a different way of looking at water. You’ll discover that unlike other subjects, you can’t translate water directly from a photo to a painting; you have to first learn the language. Shuang shows you how working from multiple reference photos helps you capture the true emotion of water.
With Shuang’s help, you’ll unlock the secrets of reflection: how different types of water react differently to the objects around them. You’ll explore the various ways to approach flat water and moving water. You’ll discover a way to capture the sparkle of moving water every single time. And you’ll uncover techniques for creating wet effects on rocks and the sense of water spilling over objects to create more energy and interest.
Shuang Li takes you through exercises to help you simplify the landscape. She’ll show you composition tricks, different ways to control that sometimes persnickety watercolor, and so much more!
- Best brushes to use — you may already have some of these but weren’t sure how to use them ... you will be now!
- Take a fresh look at shapes by relating them to a common household item (simple and effective!)
- Alter edges to create interest — this alone will change the way others view your paintings!
- Fearlessly be expressive — this is your painting, so make it your own!
- Create illusion so your viewers can imagine themselves in the scene ... they’ll love becoming part of it!
- Shuang says, “Bushes are just a version of trees without the trunk.” — find out how to paint them much better than you ever have
- Let color mix itself! Absolutely possible!
- Just TWO brushstrokes to create a distant mountain (Shuang shows you how!)
- Be sure — paint it like you mean it!
- Don’t treat the sun like a spotlight ... that’s not how nature works!
- The unlimited color of rocks — discover which color to use
- Why value patterns are mandatory in your work — don’t miss this!
- Create an emotional connection with your subject ... if you feel it, you’ll do a much better job of painting it!
- From out of the shadows ... could come anything — be watching!
- Start with confidence, follow your plan, and finish strong ... this is what WINNING looks like!
- So much more!
Also included in the video:
- An exhibit of works by Shuang Li
- Interview with the artist
- High Speed View of At the Top — Shuang’s main painting demonstration
Silence the malicious voice in your head and let your talented and confident inner artist out!
If you’re looking to loosen up your watercolor landscapes but are afraid you’ll lose control of the paint or end up with mud, leave the fear behind with artist and workshop instructor Shuang Li.
Shuang openly shares her own techniques that will give you the freedom to enjoy watercolor as you create paintings that stay fresh and allow you to achieve the expressive results you desire.
It’s all here for you — exercises to help you simplify the landscape, composition tricks, and much more so you’ll have a confident start and a fantastic finished painting that doesn’t have unnecessary details.
Shuang also demonstrates a start-to-finish painting, At the Top.You’ll learn how to use symbolic and suggestive visual expressions so your viewers can interact with your paintings, using their own imagination to fill in details.
Study with Shuang Li and you’ll quickly want to incorporate her techniques into your own work so your paintings become a personal expression.
“I have to experience the location, get a sense of the feeling, and get attracted to the elements. Then, I can do the painting.”
- Art Materials
- Landscape Elements (review photos and draw out basic tissue box shapes)
- Visual Language: (taught via a mini landscape painting demo that will make a nice greeting card!)
- Depth & Distance (taught via sample photos and a mini demo with gradated wash depicting a field)
- Landscape Composition (taught via lecture/visual tips as well as 2 small monotone landscape painting demos)
- Demo Step 1: Design with Value
- Demo Step 2: First Wash: Let’s Paint!
- Demo Step 3: Add Trees & Bushes
- Demo Step 4: Finishing Up