Here is a beautiful 6 part watercolor painting demonstration video by artist Susan Kennedy. The subject of this painting tutorial is a Yellow Rose. Susan is basing this painting on a number of her own photographs .
In this first video, Susan begins by laying in some watercolor washes over a drawing she has sketched in. For her support, she is using arches cold pressed watercolor paper taped down to some foam board. Susan does not stretch her paper before she begins painting. Instead, she waits until after she is done. She is using quinacridone red, cobalt blue and a bit of permanent yellow to carefully lay in some shadows. She leaves some of the paper unpainted, allowing the white of the paper to shine through as her highlights. Susan takes a break from the rose and starts laying in a dark background wash of ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and sap green.
Susan returns to her rose and continues to lay in her pale shadow wash. She also begins to work on some of the areas in between the roses adding some sap green, burnt sienna and yellow. She makes certain that all of her shadows connect somewhat to bring unity to her painting. Susan also talks about why she favors her Arches Cold Pressed Paper as opposed to canvas or hot pressed paper. She says that the cold pressed paper absorbs the washes better and therefore is not so easily disturbed when painting additional layers of color.
In part 3 of this watercolor painting lesson, Susan wets some of the areas she has already painted with a spray bottle. She is doing this so that she can add some richer colors like oranges, yellows and golds. While that soaks in, she adds some dark greens to the bottom of her painting to represent the foliage. She is doing a lot of this from her imagination but also references the photos she has take to get some ideas. For the green of the foliage she is using Winsor & Newton Permanent Sap Green and a bit of Alizarin Crimson. Susan says this helps make a more natural olive looking green. She adds some more richness to her shadows with some more quinacridone red and yellow.
She continues to work on the middle portion of her painting adding more colorful washes and rich color.
In step 5 Susan does some more wet into wet work while still trying maintain those beautiful highlights from the white paper.
As we noted in the beginning of this tutorial, Susan likes to stretch her watercolor paper after the painting is completed. In this video, she will demonstrate how she does this. As Susan notes in this last video, be very careful when stretching! You can tear the paper if you are not careful.
A big thanks to Susan Kennedy for sharing this wonderful watercolor painting tutorial of a rose. You can learn more about Susan and view more of her videos and painting by following the links below: