Yellowstone Watercolor Tutorial

Here is a fun watercolor tutorial I made.

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The reference photo I used for it is from Yellowstone National Park. Living in Montana has made it really easy to go visit Yellowstone regularly. The fun thing about going so regularly is that we get to see the park in all its various seasons. Last year we saw super-blooms with fields of flowers and later the gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn . This year we got to see amazing thunderstorms roll in and early morning fog . The morning fog looked so beautiful on this day with the sunlight shining through it. I am hoping to create some finished pieces for my Etsy shop in the next few weeks.

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You will notice some differences between the sketchbook painting and the reference photo. I simplified the landscape in my painting for several reasons. The first was because of the size of the painting. I was working in a sketchbook so I didn’t have a lot of room to paint tons of details. Also Strathmoore 400 paper is good for things like sketchbooks and simple paintings but it cant handle as many layers of glazing and scrubbing like Arches can so I simplified the painting so I wouldn’t have to fight my paper as much. The other reason i simplified the landscape is to make the video easier for you to follow and not have it be ten thousand hours long. The longer it takes me to paint a picture the more i have to speed up and trim out piece of the process. In total this painting took me about 4 hours for me to complete.

Here is the list of the tools I used:

* M. Graham Watercolors (Azo green, Hookers Green, sap green, Cad Orange, Cad yellow, Ultramarine blue, cerulean Blue, and Ultramarine Violet).
*Strathmoore 400 Watercolor Sketchbook
*Creative Mark Mimik Paint brushes (Grey Handle)
*Princeton Neptune 1/4 Dagger Brush
*Fineline Masking Fluid
*Masking Tape
*Paper Clamps
*Clean Rags
*Mechanical Pencil

 

If you have any questions about this painting please feel free to ask below.

Starting a Youtube channel

One of the goals I set for this year is to start a youtube channel.  This is one of my goals for the year that is really going to push me out of my comfort zone.

Last year I started videoing short time-lapse videos of my work for Instagram but I didn’t do anything that required much editing. So over the past few weeks I have been watching youtube tutorials about how to record and edit videos. Those helped give me a starting point. However, the best way for me to really learn the knowledge taught in those videos is by actually applying it to my life.  So after learning enough to stumble my way through the process I recorded my first full length time-lapse painting. I obviously have a lot to learn about producing high quality videos and will be making modifications to my recoding area in the upcoming weeks. You know what though, I did it and I am excited about that! I set a goal and I am actively working toward it and that is deeply satisfying. In the words of one of my favorite disney songs, “It’s a step in the right direction.”

So why youtube? Well as an artist youtube offers a great opportunity to expand my online reach. The more social media platforms that my work is shown on makes it so people can more easily find me and my work. Youtube is a visual based platform which really allows people to see my work and the process I use while creating.

Also one of my long term goals is to start teaching both in person and online based art classes. I wont be able to do that unless I get comfortable painting in front of people, the camera, and talking about what I am doing. Making videos is a great way to practice this skill. For now I am just trying to get used to recording and editing videos. In the upcoming months I will be adding voice overs and eventually do a more tutorial based format.

If you would like to follow me on youtube you can find me under the name: Lauren Watkins Art and hit red subscribe button.

I am nervous about starting this channel but I am more excited about the opportunities it will make available to me in the upcoming months and years.

What about you? Do you have any goals this year that make you both nervous and excited? Let me know in the comments below.

-Lauren