An Easy, Simple Evening Seascape Scene

This lesson will have you painting an evening seascape scene based on a simple composition and a complementary color scheme with dramatic value contrasts.

It is an easy painting project made easier with the underlying value composition that was created in this lesson

From Value To Color

We’ll work from a simple value composition in which we divided our picture space into three areas – foreground, middle ground, and background. We then applied a different value over each space, joining some of our separate objective elements into the larger value areas.

The biggest difficulty in working from a value sketch is that there is a tendency to abandon our well designed value composition in favor of those internal impulses that want us to paint individual elements separately.

Jump in and follow along – this one is really quite easy.

What You’ll Need:

  • Value Sketch – use the one from the earlier video
  • Value Scale – any that you have will do or make one with this lesson – Five Step Value Scale
  • Brushes – Flats: 1 1/2″, 1/4″‘; Mediu and Small Rounds and a Rigger
  • Colors – Quinacridone Deep Gold, Cadmium Red Light, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue
  • Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press about 7″ x 11″ or so


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