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Watercolour painting: from catastrophe to harmony

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  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 23:09
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  • Posted: 12/18/2009

Watercolour is not so unforgiving as one might think.
During the course of creating a watercolour painting it is actually possible to change your mind and drastically transform large areas of the painting to create an entirely different mood than the originally envisioned.
Here visual artist Elizabeth Tyler shows how she started off with a watercolour project inspired by a swan she saw in a Copenhagen canal surrounded by buildings. The buildings reflected in the water created multicoloured patterns around the swan.
After sketching and masking, wetting and painting, adding more and more colour she realized that it was definitely not going to work. The multicoloured water looked more like an oil pollution catastrophe than anything else and the colours were too strong and dominant.
She decided to turn the colourful waters of the city canal into the shallow transparent waters of a peaceful lake.
This video shows how she did it.

About this Author

Elizabeth Tyler
Elizabeth Tyler
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09/22/2009

Elizabeth Tyler was born in Leamington Spa, England in 1946. She has been a professional artist for four decades and exhibits her artworks regularly at galleries and art museums in Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
She is the author and illustrator of “Akvarelbogen” (The watercolour book) published by Gydendals publishing house in Copenhagen, 2005. Her ebook "Watercolour in detail" was published in the spring of 2012 and is now sold in 22 countries.
She has received many awards and prizes for her work and is represented in numerous public and private collections in Europe and the USA.
Elizabeth Tyler lives and works in southern Sweden six months a year, the other six months are spent in...

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Recent Reviews

Nopic_grn
Thoroughly enjoyed this video
05/14/2014
~ Leta

So exciting to see how a catastrophe can be turned into victory. Her techniques added so much to my own work. Would recommend this video to anyone!

Nopic_dkb
Re: LIst of Paint used in this swan painting.
10/15/2013
~ pjob

Hi Elizabeth,

I absolutely adore this painting. I was wondering if you can provide the list of colors(paints) used in this swan painting. Once again thanks a lot for this amazing video.

Thanks

Nopic_orng
swan
11/24/2011
~ margaret7

very interesting learning lesson

Nopic_blu
Saving a painting
06/05/2011
~ David132

I thought it was very good overall, the only thing is I thought she would be narrating the clip with explanations of what she was doing..for that reason i doubt if i try any others..

Nopic_tan
Extreme Water Colour Intelligence
05/26/2010
~ Linda14

It is evident that Elizabeth uses her experience with acrylic to show us an extreme understanding of her mediums.

Nopic_grn
Thoroughly enjoyed this video
05/14/2014
~ Leta

So exciting to see how a catastrophe can be turned into victory. Her techniques added so much to my own work. Would recommend this video to anyone!

Nopic_dkb
Re: LIst of Paint used in this swan painting.
10/15/2013
~ pjob

Hi Elizabeth,

I absolutely adore this painting. I was wondering if you can provide the list of colors(paints) used in this swan painting. Once again thanks a lot for this amazing video.

Thanks

Nopic_orng
swan
11/24/2011
~ margaret7

very interesting learning lesson

Nopic_blu
Saving a painting
06/05/2011
~ David132

I thought it was very good overall, the only thing is I thought she would be narrating the clip with explanations of what she was doing..for that reason i doubt if i try any others..

Nopic_tan
Extreme Water Colour Intelligence
05/26/2010
~ Linda14

It is evident that Elizabeth uses her experience with acrylic to show us an extreme understanding of her mediums.

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