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Make Watercolor Magic with Michael Reardon: 3 Essential Videos

Learn from the esteemed watercolorist himself in these three video workshops, chock-full of tips, techniques, and tutorials.

Create this stunning rural scene in Michael Reardon’s “Watercolor Painting: Light and Color in Landscapes,” below!

Let’s shine a light on the great Michael Reardon! Here we’re showcasing three of his essential watercolor videos for painting cityscapes, waterscapes, and landscapes. In “Watercolor Painting: Light and Color in Cityscapes,” follow along with Reardon as he masters the ephemeral qualities in watercolor to produce a stunning watercolor cityscape. Then, explore “Watercolor Painting: Light and Color in Waterscapes,” where you’ll learn techniques for capturing the shimmer and reflections of water to produce a stunning watercolor harbor scene. Finally, in “Watercolor Painting: Light and Color in Landscapes,” learn how to control mood and atmosphere in a start-to-finish landscape painting demonstration. Enjoy!

1. Get Ephemeral with Cityscapes

City scenes are defined by light and color. In “Watercolor Painting: Light and Color in Cityscapes,” follow along with Michael Reardon to learn how to paint these ephemeral qualities in watercolor, a medium particularly suited to the task with its natural luminosity. Watch the preview above for tips on choosing colors, suggesting architectural details, and capturing the reflection of light on buildings. Then complete the entire video workshop to learn every step of how to produce a stunning watercolor cityscape, from photo reference, value sketch, and pencil drawing, to underpainting and color mixing, to delicate final details.


2. Capture the Shimmer of Waterscapes

Watercolor can capture the shimmer and reflections of water better than any other medium. In “Watercolor Painting: Light and Color in Waterscapes,” follow along with Michael Reardon to learn how to use these qualities to your advantage. Watch the preview above for a sneak peek, including tips on improving photo references and creating a sense of light by painting a smooth gradated wash. Then complete the entire video workshop to see see every step of how to produce a stunning watercolor harbor scene, from photo reference, value sketch, and pencil drawing, to underpainting and color mixing, to delicate final details.


3. Create a Stunning Rural Scene

In “Watercolor Painting: Light and Color in Landscapes,” follow along with Michael Reardon to learn how to paint landscapes full of light and color. Watch the preview above for a sneak peek into this workshop, including tips on what to look for in an interesting landscape scene, how to get gravity on your side when painting a gradated wash, making greens look brighter, and painting wet into wet. Then watch the entire video workshop to see every step of how to produce a stunning watercolor landscape, from photo reference, value sketch, and pencil drawing, to underpainting and color mixing, to delicate final details.

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