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Loosen Up to Create an Expressive Watercolour Landscape
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
Subject / Focus
Watercolour Landscape
Class Description
From a reference image to a finished piece, Samantha will share her process of creating expressive watercolour landscapes.

Techniques such as interpreting a scene into simple shapes, the use of colour, bold brushwork, and experimental mark-making will be demonstrated and practiced during the class.

The goal is to have fun while challenging the artist to explore their personal style.
About the Artist
Samantha Reimer is a watercolour artist based in Oro-Medonte, Ontario. Her paintings are expressive interpretations of local landscapes and shoreline scenes of Georgian Bay and Muskoka.

With a background in fine art landscape photography, Samantha discovered an interest in watercolour painting four years ago, and continues to develop her skills in the medium. Spending time in the landscape is an important part of her process, venturing out to paint en plein air all year round.
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Supplies Students Should Bring:

Paint / art media
Watercolour Paint, Pans or Tubes, Samantha Reimer uses Daniel Smith (*=must bring)

*Payne's Grey
*Indigo Blue
*Burnt Sienna

- Alizarin Crimson
- Quinacridone Magenta (artist favourite)
- Hansa Yellow Medium
- Quinacridone Gold (artist favourite)
- Ultramarine Blue
- Cerulean Blue
- A Medium Green, Artist's choice
- Burnt Umber
- Raw Umber
Art Surface / Support
- Two blocks of paper or single sheets taped to a board, so the artist can work on one while the other is drying. Minimum 8" x 10" size.
- 100% Cotton, 140lb Cold Press is preferred so the paper can stand up to expressive mark-making and heavy washes. (Arches, Windsor & Newton Professional, Fabriano Artistico)
- An empty paper towel roll or similar height item to prop the block/board on a slight angle.
- Copy paper for drawing/making thumbnail sketches
Supplies and Tools
The following are minimum-size brushes, if you have bigger ones, please bring them.

-**A Script/Liner Brush
- Aquarelle/Wash or flat, minimum 1/2" with the aquarelle end to make marks on paper
- Large Round, min #8-10 or comparable quill
- Artist favourite: Dagger/Striper minimum 1/2"

- Pencil, 2H or 4H, and an eraser, a kneadable eraser is preferred
- Masking Tape
- Spray Bottle
- Water cup for rinsing
- White wax crayon or white candle for resist effect
- Paper towel or cloth for water control
Reference materials
In addition to reference images which will be available in class, each participant should bring a reference image/photo that they would like to paint.

Materials Instructor Will Bring:

Materials the instructor will provide
- Brushes for students to trial
- Salt
- Reference images for the class
- Reference sheets with an outline, etc.
Items made available for purchase
Half pans available of the colours listed above, $2 each
(NOTE: Please BRING CASH, small bills. Thank you.)

Workshop Outline: Complete: All-4 Class Series, 1 only-Single Session, 1 & 2 - Saturday OR Full Day

Session 1
- Artist introduction
- Reference images, how to simplify a scene
- Composition, values, light direction
- Expressive mark-making techniques demo and practice
- Loosening up exercises
- Interpreting a landscape: painting demos and practice
- Review and wrap up

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