Highlights from the 2nd Annual Watercolor Live

Highlights from the 2nd Annual Watercolor Live: Day 2

On Day 2 of Watercolor Live, we continued the learning streak with even more of today’s masters. In addition to the live demos, we even had a surprise visit by our very own Eric Rhoads, who is fortunately back on the mend.

See highlights from the Beginner’s Day and Day 1.

Tish de la Bretonne with Eric Rhoads
Tish de la Bretonne with Eric Rhoads; Image credit: Laura Vailati / MiamiNiche.com

Our bonus sessions included a pre-event seminar with Jeff Olson of Royal Talens; Blick Art Materials featuring Sarah Simon; Laguna Plein Air Painters Association; Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff; Royal Talens featuring Dena Peterson; and Savoir-Faire featuring Keiko Tanabe.

Keep reading to see what our experts had to share!

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Michael Holter joined us live throughout the day for his demo! Image credit: Laura Vailati / MiamiNiche.com

When painting eyes with watercolor, Michael Holter advised us to keep in mind that the whites of the eyes aren’t really “white,” so you can feel free to add a little bit of color. He gave us demonstration live from his studio, where we checked in with him throughout the day to see his progress on a watercolor portrait of a cowboy.

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Amit’s impressionist landscape of a coastal scene

“Try to go out every day and draw or paint outside,” Amit Kapoor advised. Amit brought his lesson to us from India as he painted a photo reference from Port Lligat, Costa Brava, Spain.

Kathleen Giles Watercolor Live
Kathleen would also shield her painting while she used a water bottle to spritz the area of the painting she was working on.

Kathleen S. Giles explained the technique of layering wet-into-wet washes while creating a realistic painting of a flower. She reminded us that it’s not just applicable to florals – you can use these techniques no matter what subject you’re painting.

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Stewart White began his demo on location, explaining how he finds beauty in a scene others might take for granted

An architectural illustrator by trade, and a watercolor artist at heart, Stewart White is from Baltimore, Maryland. Stewart gave a demo of an industrial scene that “turns into a magical piece of sculpture” when the light is just right.

Chien Chung Wei Watercolor Live
Chien Chung Wei advised that any brand of paint is fine to use; his materials list (shared with attendees) included the specific colors he paints with.

Joining us from Taiwan, Chien Chung Wei explained the importance of making design decisions from the beginning while using a photo reference. Hint: it’s worth noting the direction of the shadows.

There’s still time to join us for Watercolor Live! Register today at WatercolorLive.com and get access to all the replays you may have missed, and still learn from the world’s top watercolor artists!