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Watercolor Painting with Thomas Schaller: Dramatic Complements Streaming Video

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Learn how to improve your watercolor painting by using the power of complements with guidance from master watercolorist Thomas Schaller!

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Join renowned watercolor artist Thomas Schaller as he shares his knowledge, expertise, and techniques in this start-to-finish watercolor workshop! You'll learn how to make your paintings more dramatic by using complements as you discover the power and energy created when two opposite entities interact. By using the tension naturally found between light and dark tones, warm and cool colors, horizontal and vertical elements, man-made and natural objects, paintings can be produced that have an unusual degree of life, energy, and communicative power. With this expert instruction, you'll find yourself incorporating dramatic complements into all your paintings!

Watercolor techniques you'll learn include:

  • How to harness the power of editing
  • Strategies for painting luminous shadows
  • Ways to establish a real sense of depth and perspective
  • Color mixing techniques for creating strong neutrals
  • How to use the white of the paper to highlight the subtractive nature of watercolor

Preview Watercolor Painting with Thomas Schaller: Dramatic Complements now to learn color tips for painting luminous, interesting shadows!

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Materials List:

Holbein pigments, artists' grade or Daniel Smith Thomas Schaller palette
Thomas uses more sediment-based paints, rather than staining pigments

  • New Gamboge
  • Mars Yellow
  • French Ochre
  • Permanent Orange
  • Perylene Scarlet
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Venetian Red
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Sap Green
  • Cobalt Teal Blue
  • Verditer Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • French Ultramarine
  • Imperial Purple
  • Lunar Violet

Thomas recommends Arches, Fabriano Artistico, Saunders Waterford, or Hahnemuhle

  • Textured, rough-surface watercolor paper


  • Escoda Aquario mop brushes in various sizes
  • Escoda Perla synthetic round brushes in various sizes


  • Steve Fanelli brass palette
  • Spray bottle
  • Water jars
  • Paper towels
  • Sketchbook
  • Soft pencil
  • Eraser

About the Artist

Following a 20-year career in New York City as an architect and architectural artist, Thomas Schaller is now based in Los Angeles where he devotes himself full-time to fine artwork in the watercolor medium. Mr. Schaller is one of the few watercolor artists to be featured in The American Masters Exhibition 2015 at the famed Salmagundi Club in NYC. His work has been included in major exhibitions in China, Thailand, Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Mexico, South Korea, Vietnam, Columbia, etc. He has authored two books: the best-selling, and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor, and The Art of Architectural Drawing. His third book - The Architecture of Light "

Additional Information

SKU R6972
Product Type Streaming Video
Instructor Thomas Schaller
Runtime 102 minutes
Skills Paint
Art Style Impressionist
Skill Level Intermediate
Content Landscape
Media Watercolor
  1. Wonderful presentation. review by Daniel B on 10/1/2017

    Wonderful presentation.

  2. Superb ! review by Serge S on 9/29/2017

    Superb !

  3. Really enjoyed Mr. Schaller's easy and relaxed teaching style. review by Jessica C on 9/18/2017

    Really enjoyed Mr. Schaller's easy and relaxed teaching style. He's a wealth of knowledge and shares it generously and casually as he paints. I also love his looser style of painting and appreciate it more now that I know the planning that goes into it. I will definitely be trying his method of creating interesting shadows and light. I also want to comment on the really nice camera work. There was a nice balance of close ups and pan outs, and also appreciate the camera on his palette as he loads his brush. If in every art video the camera just followed the artist's brush like this one did, they'd be much improved. I think this is one of most well done art instruction videos I've watched, and I've seen dozens!

  4. Enjoyed the painting. Thank a you. review by Gerry K on 9/17/2017

    Enjoyed the painting. Thank a you.

  5. Terrific video. Careful teacher with clear instruction. review by Linda K on 9/17/2017

    Terrific video. Careful teacher with clear instruction.

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