Watercolor in Utah: Widstoe Cemetery

This video demos watercolor techniques for plein air landscape painting in a cemetery in Widstoe, Utah. The process is explained step by step, from the sketching process into finalizing the details in the paintings.

19 min. video

Watercolor is combined with alcohol based brush pen markers to blend and create dramatic color effects. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Video Walkthrough

  • Researching cemetery guidelines.
  • Imagining a narrative for the cemetery and its history.
  • Odd items in the cemetery.
  • Tacky objects in the cemetery.
  • Inconveniences of painting on site.
  • Monochromatic color scheme.
  • Dry brushing techniques.
  • Balancing details with big shapes.
  • Being more selective about using the marker colors.
  • Reserving saturated colors for the markers.
  • Visiting a site in person twice.
  • Self Critique process.
  • Achieving efficient brush work.
  • Communicate more with less.
  • Lack of layout in the cemetery.
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