Luminous Colour for Sketchers:
Mastering Pigment and Water on Paper
A Shari Blaukopf online sketching and painting course
Painting in watercolour requires boldness and patience. An understanding of the delicate balance between water, pigment and the wetness of your paper.
I’ve been working in watercolour for more decades than I care to count. And in that time, I’ve definitely had more failures than successes. But what always keeps me going is the deep sense of satisfaction when I try something new and get fresh, transparent — even glowing — results. That’s what makes watercolour so exciting. That you can learn something new every time you pick up a brush. That you can't ever predict what will happen when paint and water mix on the paper.
As for failures, they never get me down. I use the backs of all of those watercolour disasters for more practice. I encourage you to do the same.
As an urban sketcher, watercolour is my medium of choice. It’s light, portable and fast-drying. But there’s so much to think about on location that it’s also easy to overwork your sketch and wind up with muddy colour.
So think of this course as strength training in watercolour!
We’ll do lots of practice exercises so you can get a feel for brush wetness, pigment saturation and the wetness of your paper.
We’ll take it a step further by painting three scenes using limited palettes of colour. (Plus, I’ll give you ideas for plenty more.)
And, by the end of our workout, you'll have gained confidence to paint boldly, using lots of fresh paint on a fully-loaded brush.
If you love sketching in watercolour and want a step-by-step process for achieving more luminous colour, this course is for you. You'll learn how to:
- Mix bold, saturated colours and get the right amount of wash on your brush
- Let vibrant pigments blend right on the paper
- Achieve glowing results by pairing complementary colours
- Use different triads of colour to change the mood of a sketch
This course includes:
- THREE full-length video demonstrations that illustrate key concepts
- Downloadable reference images plus a handout with more ideas for triads, so you can practice what you've learned!
- A detailed list of materials
- A comments section for each lesson where you can ask questions and post your finished sketches