Plein air painting – How it’s done. A watercolor demo of an English village street scene
Here I am again, out and about in Laycock, a very pretty village in the UK. I’m using my cheap Bodycam (it’s about 40 USD) to film this, so apologies for any imperfections in the video quality. Please give me feedback on what you think and whether I should do more of these plein air demos.
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In this demo I will be covering…
- 1) Choice of Subject. What makes a good watercolor subject. How to simplify the scene.
- 2) Materials I use such as the paper. I will also cover the paints I use and the palette, plus how I hold the different brushes for different techniques.
- 3) Doing the outline sketch as the first step. How to draw cars and figures. Getting the perspective right as you are looking down a street into the distance.
- 4) Doing the sky and the first wash of the background and then the foreground.
- 5) Shadows and details of the figures houses.
- 6) Watch out for the ‘sword’ brush at the end and highlighting tips.
I hope you found this Watercolor Plein Air Painting Demo helpful.
Blick French Easel by Jullian
The classically designed Blick French Easel by Jullian combines a sketchbox, easel, and canvas carrier in one — perfect for the on-location plein air painter. Handcrafted in naturally dried, oiled, and polished beechwood, the easel adjusts in height and angle to suit your painting style.
The easel includes a weather-resistant metal-lined box that holds a wood palette (included). It’s also ideal for storing and transporting paints, brushes, and other accessories (not included). Use it as a canvas carrier too. Finished paintings can be placed on the outside of the folded easel and carried. The easel arrives pre-assembled.
The Blick French Easel by Jullian is available in a Full Box or Half Box size. Both styles have a maximum height of 73″ and accommodate canvas up to 34″ high. When folded, the Full Box Easel measures 24″H × 18″W. The folded Half Box Easel measures 24″H × 12″W.
Carrying Bag — The easel includes a FREE red canvas carrying bag with a nylon handle and shoulder strap for easy portability.